A local’s guide to Edinburgh: 10 top tips

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Dovecot Gallery and Tapestry Studio

The Infirmary Street Baths, built in 1885, were the first public swimming baths to open in the Scottish capital, with the aim of improving public health. Today, the Dovecot Gallery occupies the old Ladies Baths space, while the Dovecot Tapestry Studio is in what was the main pool. Dovecot Gallery will appeal to anyone with a passing interest in contemporary art, but craft and textiles enthusiasts are especially well catered for. Exhibitions showcase art forms such as weaving and jewellery, and summer’s major show is Liberty Art, Fabrics & Fashion (28 July-12 January 2019), exploring 140 years of Liberty London. The tapestry studio, which makes tufted rugs, is not open to the public but can be observed from a viewing balcony.

• 10 Infirmary Street, dovecotstudios.com

Lovecrumbs

The Lovecrumbs bakery has attained cult status since opening in Edinburgh’s West Port neighbourhood five years ago. Its moreish cakes – usually eight or so to choose from daily – have imaginative flavours, such as chocolate and orange, salted chocolate and rye, and cardamom and white chocolate. They also serve sandwiches and coffee, and are great supporters of local Scottish suppliers – there’s sourdough from Edinburgh-based Company Bakery, milk from cows over at Mossgiel Farm, and coffee from Steampunk, just down the road in North Berwick. Lovecrumbs buzzes with students, artists and tourists, but if you want something more peaceful, it has just opened a smaller outpost on St Stephen Street in leafy Stockbridge.

• 155 West Port and 22 St Stephen Street, lovecrumbs.co.uk

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