Jobhop Jobhop's blog : 10 Reasons Edinburgh Is the Best Place to Live in the UK
Edinburgh has always been a desirable place to live and work.
The earliest evidence of habitation in this fine city dates all the way back to 8500 BC. In those days, Edinburgh featured attractions such as jewellery, stone tools, shellfish, hazelnuts and clothes dyes. Things have clearly moved on a bit, but the food and shopping here are still excellent.
For out of this world festivals, food, and fireworks, head straight to Edinburgh.
Here you'll not only find its iconic castle overlooking that famous Georgian architecture, but also a whole host of hidden gems you may not have first associated with the Scottish capital...
1. It's the number one festival city in the world
Edinburgh is an all year round party city. Not content with just one arts festival a year, the city holds multiple festivals during the summer, celebrating jazz and blues, books, film, dance and comedy, with additional science, food and winter festivals popping up throughout the rest of the year. We particularly like the sound of the Turing Festival, an exciting international technology festival that celebrates digital culture and creativity. The people of Edinburgh are ready to celebrate any and all cultures, throwing open their doors, venues and hearts to the world as everyone is invited to join in with the party.
2. It's a food lover's dream
With more restaurants per head than anywhere else in the UK, when it comes to eating out the locals are totally spoiled for choice. There is something to suit everyone's taste buds, guaranteed. From Michelin starred restaurants like Martin Wishart and The Kitchin to street food treats like Oink hog roast on the Canongate, Ting Thai Caravan near Bistro Square, and those hidden little gems like Monteith's and Devil's Advocate off the Royal Mile. There's always a new restaurant to seek out and discover and brag to your friends about. Just make sure that you get salt 'n' sauce on your fish and chips.
3. Plenty of opportunities for tech enthusiasts
The city is buzzing, with a recent surge of exciting new technology companies joining the big players already on the scene, such as Amazon and Apple. Global success stories FanDuel and Skyscanner both originated in Edinburgh, and the city has emerged as the most vibrant technological hub in the entire country. Anyone looking looking to get into the industry should definitely check out what Edinburgh has to offer.
4. It's easy on the eye
Just like fine wines and Ryan Gosling, this city just keeps getting better with age. With over 5,000 listed buildings, a medieval Old Town and a tremendous castle perched right in the centre, Edinburgh will charm history buffs and architecture enthusiasts alike. Whether it's snow, rain or sunshine, the stunning views and dramatic skyline across the Forth is bound to make you smile.
Owing to the huge amount of students from around the world who choose to study in Edinburgh, the city is incredibly diverse and is home to a variety of nationalities who are all welcomed by the locals.
Like most cities within the UK, Edinburgh is a very safe place to live. The council takes security measures very seriously, especially around events like the Hogmanay street party, where hundreds of people gather on Princes Street to watch live music and fireworks. Edinburgh also has a very low crime rate, and there are always police patrolling if there is ever a need for their assistance.
It wouldn't be much of a list if we didn't include the nightlife. Let's face it, although many of us may not like to admit it, the standard of nightlife in a city will play a big role in whether or not we'll enjoy our time there. Edinburgh is renowned for arguably the best nightlife in Scotland, and is a common destination for people across the UK who are looking for a fun weekend away. Regardless of what you're into, Edinburgh will have something for you - whether you want to enjoy a classy cocktail on George Street, or you're keen to get stuck into something a bit heavier at one of the various music venues scattered across the city, there's something for everyone, all at affordable prices.
8. A unique city of layers
Edinburgh has a rich history as a city that dates back hundreds of years and is packed with underground passageways and winding streets. The 17th century streets add a mysterious allure to the city and make it a truly special place to live. There are endless places to explore, from the underground streets of Blair Street or the Real Mary King's Close streets. This also makes the city a great location for filming, with some huge Hollywood blockbusters being filmed on the streets of Edinburgh. You can even take a look at the Edinburgh film map to find are where your favourite movies and scenes were filmed.
9. Independent shopping scene
Edinburgh is proud to have their own independent fashion scene, with its residents often sporting their unique style and looks. Along with the obvious high street favourites, the city is also awash with plenty of smaller independent stores selling their wares. You can really find some unique fashion pieces and stores in the city that you wouldn't find in any other major cities around the world. If you're after vintage treasures then head to The Grassmarket, or why not make a stop at 20th Century Kilts at Covet.
Edinburgh is famous for its Christmas spirit - with everything from the theatre to light shows, markets to ice rinks.
Every year sees the return of its most popular attractions, as well as some of the most inspiring choirs in the city. So if you're planning on heading through, I've put together a little guide so you don't miss out on everything Edinburgh has to offer during the festive season.
The European Christmas market - This free to access market sees over 100 stalls return to East Princes Street Gardens and the Mound Precinct from across northern Europe with a selection of tasty food, warming drinks and beautiful handmade gifts for sale. It's the perfect place to stock up on some last minute stocking fillers or to spend a romantic day out.
Santa Land - Santa takes up residence in his festive and cosy Santa Land grotto from mid-November. In the heart of East Princes Street Gardens, the grotto is surrounded by Christmas magic and sparkle with the elves workshop hidden inside the Christmas tree maze.
The big wheel - The arrival of the big wheel in East Princes Street Gardens signals the festive season has arrived. Take a ride in this Dutch-made Ferris wheel's cosy, covered pods to enjoy spectacular views across the city. Bejewelled with 20,000 lights, it makes a joyful addition to Edinburgh's festive skyline.
Ice rink - The elliptical ice rink in St Andrews Square is always a popular draw and much-loved part of Edinburgh's Christmas, sat next to the Christmas Nativity scene in the gardens. Last year, 61,000 tickets were issued to festive skaters.
Realistically, we could have gone on forever, maybe you should visit Edinburgh and see for yourself!
In: Kyria Bush Jobhop.co.uk
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