Swimwear sage Adam Brown’s personal guide to Edinburgh

The founder of Orlebar Brown shares his favourite places to shop, dine and unwind

Orlebar Brown founder Adam Brown
Orlebar Brown founder Adam Brown | Image: Brijesh Patel

For me, Edinburgh is a kind of mini London, with beautiful Georgian houses but with the countryside and sea close by. I love the cranky little restaurants such as The Gardener’s Cottage, which is like an oasis in the middle of town and serves the most delicious seasonal food. 1 Royal Terrace Gardens, London Road, EH7 (0131-677 0244; thegardenerscottage.co).

Seasonal food at The Gardener’s Cottage includes crudités with garden herb dip
Seasonal food at The Gardener’s Cottage includes crudités with garden herb dip
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Timberyard is another favourite. The private dining room is in a shed with an open fire, and I love the modern industrial furniture. 10 Lady Lawson Street, EH3 (0131-221 1222; timberyard.co).

Timberyard restaurant has a modern industrial feel
Timberyard restaurant has a modern industrial feel
Under-the-radar fashion brands abound at Dick’s
Under-the-radar fashion brands abound at Dick’s

There’s great shopping at the independent fashion boutique Dick’s, which has a brilliant edit of under-the-radar brands. 3 North West Circus Place, EH3 (0131-226 6220; dicks-edinburgh.co.uk).

The Fine Art Society is a source of 20th-century Scottish painting
The Fine Art Society is a source of 20th-century Scottish painting
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Just 20 minutes outside town is the breathtaking Pentland Ridge walk, where you can see miles and miles of open countryside – it’s a real example of how Edinburgh provides the best of both worlds.

In terms of culture, the National Portrait Gallery is fantastic, of course – but then there’s the Ingleby Gallery for contemporary Scottish art and Fine Art Society for 20th-century Scottish painting. Fine Art Society, 6 Dundas Street, EH3 (0131-557 4050; fasedinburgh.com). Ingleby Gallery, 33 Barony Street, EH3 (0131-556 4441; inglebygallery.com). National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, EH2 (0131-624 6200; nationalgalleries.org).

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