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Edinburgh’s New St. James Centre: What We’re Most Excited For!

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Edinburgh’s new St. James Quarter has been a long time in the making! It’s now ready to open on June 24th, with a variety of 80 different brands and 30 restaurants waiting to introduce us all to some new experiences after lockdown.

Here’s which new stores and places to eat we’re most excited about.

1. Bross Bagels

“Bross brings Montreal style bagels packed with NYC deli inspired fillings so the good people of Edinburgh & beyond can FILL YOUR HOLE.”

It’s brilliant to see a local Edinburgh business thrive. Bross Bagels has been a hit since opening their first store in Edinburgh in 2017 with delicious and unique twists on bagel fillings. With lots of flavours to choose from and even giant party bagels for sharing, it’s no wonder they’re so popular. You’ll often find a queue of people waiting outside their Morningside branch. Check out their full menu here.

Cheese and pickle party bagel from Bross Bagels in Edinburgh.
©Bross Bagels

2. Everyman Cinema

Everyman are aiming to redefine cinema with some boujee twists on the traditional cinema experience. You can enjoy your movie with a glass of wine and even get pizza and burgers delivered to your seat. We look forward to visiting to see just how much it differs from the regular cinema experience.

3. Sushi Samba

The five-star rated SushiSamba will have a prime position as the St. James Centre’s rooftop restaurant, providing great food and stunning views across Edinburgh. The cuisine will be a unique blend of Japanese, Brazillian and Peruvian styles and flavours.

©SushiSamba

4. Lane 7

Find yourself regularly heading to Fountainpark’s Tenpin? Lane 7 is providing us with another option. They are the UK’s largest independent bowling and gaming operator and also offer ping-pong, urban golf, 80s style arcade games and karaoke, as well as cocktails and beer pong. You’ll find them on floor 4 of the new St James Centre with 19,000 sq. ft of space.

“So much room for activities!”

5. Bonnie & Wild

Scottish restaurant brand Mac & Wild will be bringing their new concept food hall titled “Bonnie & Wild” to the St. James Quarter right by Lane 7 on the fourth floor. It will consist of restaurant operators as well as fresh and packaged food and drink from artisan butchers, fishmongers, grocers, cheesemongers, chocolatiers, bakeries. It will also host THREE unique bar concepts.

It sounds like the 4th floor will be an interesting place to be.

© Mac & Wild

6. W Luxury Hotel & Roomzzz Apart Hotels

Edinburgh’s new St. James Quarter will host not just one but two luxury hotels! However, they are much more than simply tourist accommodation. SushiSamba’s rooftop restaurant will be a part of W Hotel. The hotels will likely also include leisure activities such as spas for all of your pampering needs.

©Roomzzz Apart Hotel, Leeds Reception Area

That’s all that’s on our list for now! What are you most looking forward to? Check out our other articles to discover more things you can get up to in the Scottish capital.

Karine Deli & Cafe Edinburgh – Review 🍰

Food Reviews

I love small cafes and patisseries, they are so cozy! We recently decided to stop at Karine Deli & Cafe in Edinburgh’s Morningside, in the mood to snack on something sweet and get out of the cold.

Arriving at 4pm, we didn’t realise Karine closes at 4:30. Despite it being 30 minutes until close, the staff were very welcoming and genuinely happy to serve us. Of course, we made sure we were out before closing time and tidied up after ourselves.

Cakes & Drinks

Choosing our drinks, I went for a simple tea while the hubby chose a latte. It was then time for one of the things Karine is most known for – the cakes / sweets! We ordered a burnt basque cheesecake and raspberry meringue which arrived with a side of cream, both were so good! However, between the two, we recommend the cheesecake the most. It wasn’t overly sweet and well balanced. 🍰

Karine is also full of unique French products. There were lots of wines, spreads, and so much cheeeese. A great place to buy some condiments for Christmas!

Looking at the displays it was clear that there’s usually a lot more pastries and desserts available earlier in the day. So I’d definitely recommend going before the afternoon if you want to browse the full selection of what Karine has to offer. We will definitely be back to try even more goodies! 🙂 You can also see more of what they have to offer on their website at http://karinedeli.com/.

Karine Deli & Cafe Review Rating

Rating: 4 Scottish Unicorns Out of 5 🦄🦄🦄🦄

Looking for more great French cuisine in Edinburgh? Read our review of Marie Delices Creperie & Tea Room.

Hula Juice Bar and Healthy Eatery – Edinburgh – Review

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Hula Juice Bar and Healthy Eatery is one of those places that I keep coming back to. With two locations in Edinburgh, one at Fountainbridge, and another near Victoria Street – I’m very lucky to live near one and work near the other.

They also have a great selection of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options and all of their food and coffee is sourced locally.


Breakfast 🍓

Hula does some incredible smoothie bowls which come beautifully presented. This is the Acai Bowl priced at £7.65 with;

“A frozen base of organic acai berry, strawberry, banana, blueberry and coconut. Topped with granola, goji berries, banana, chia seeds, cacao nibs, blueberries and coconut shavings.”

It’s bursting with berry flavour, the portion is well-sized, and I was definitely full afterward. Something I love about Hula is that I never have to feel guilty for eating there because it’s healthy! Although, they do have a great selection of cakes too if you’ve got room for it.


Lunch 🥪

We’ve had a few different lunches at Hula including, the Sriracha Chicken Wrap (£6.95), Teriyaki Jackfruit & Kimchi bowl (£8.25), and Harissa Chicken Sourdough Sandwich (£6.95). My favourite out of all of them? The wrap. It was perfectly toasted, light, and gently flavoured, with a teeny kick of spice. Hula’s side salads are also always fresh with a yummy dressing.

The harissa sandwich is very similar in taste to the wrap and the sourdough was soft, and crisp – but it was a bit fragile and crumbly, making for a difficult eating experience. In terms of the teriyaki bowl – all of the ingredients were so fresh, but we just felt like it needed more of a kick.

However, if you’re someone who prefers natural, clean flavours, then you’d probably enjoy it, and I think that’s what Hula is all about natural, fresh, healthy food that’s good for you!

Harissa Chicken Sandwich

Drinks 🥤

Hula has a great range of smoothies, and I’ve yet to try all of them.

So far, my favourite is the Blue Hawaiian made with strawberry, blueberry, banana and apple. It’s sweet and is a berry lover’s dream. The Betty Ford is also nice, not quite as sweet as the Hawaiian, and mostly strawberry flavoured with a hint of banana. Smoothies are priced at £3.95 for a small, £4.95 for a large.

You can also choose to add one of Hula’s organic boosters, such as multivitamins and antioxidants, for 85p.

Hula do milkshakes as well! Hubby went for the Nutty Professor, made with peanut butter and banana. It was thick and smooth and overall very tasty.

When it comes to their hot drinks, Hula also have a brilliant range. The menu is divided into coffee and not-coffee for those that are caffeine sensitive. I chose the cinnamon latte, it was deep and rich, with earthy undertones. Plus, it was nice to know the beans were roasted locally in Edinburgh. I think now, more than ever, we need to support our local businesses.


Overall

I’d recommend trying Hula at least once, especially their breakfast menu and smoothies. Portion sizes are good and fairly priced. To some, £3.95 may seem steep for a smoothie, but not when you consider the ingredients that go into them, plus they taste fantastic!


Rating

4 Scottish Unicorns out of 5

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