AUGUST 2014 in Edinburgh

See: 30 Great Fringe Shows

The Scotsman critics choose 30 great shows to see.  The world’s biggest arts festival now has over 3,000 shows. Here, The Scotsman’s team of critics pick the one per cent they’re most excited about. Originally published in The Scotsman.

Daily throughout August | Citywide | Website

Drink: The Hanging Bat

A local favourite since its establishment in late 2012, The Hanging Bat is a perfect spot for those looking for a quick bite to eat. Never a venue worried about being conventional, the Bat offers a selection of North American style dishes such as pulled pork, nachos and a fine selection of hot dogs. All this tasty food can be washed down with a selection of craft beers.

Daily |133 Lothian Road | Website

Enjoy:  Edinburgh International Festival 

Every August, the Edinburgh International Festival transforms one of the world's most beautiful cities, presenting three exhilarating weeks of the finest creators and performers from the worlds of the arts - for everyone.

Edinburgh's six major theatres and concert halls, a few smaller venues and often some unconventional ones too, come alive with the best music, theatre, opera and dance from around the globe.

8 - 31 Aug | Citywide | Website

Shop: Edward & Irwyn

Edward & Irwyn are one seasoned chocolatier and one apprentice who are working from their artisan kitchen in Edinburgh. Inspired by everything from cold weather, cups of tea, Diana Wynne Jones and Scottish Highland forests, to Hayao Miyazaki, alchemists, perfumery, mushrooms, beer and Scandinavia… they were never going to be conventional chocolatiers.

Daily | 21 Morningside Drive | Website

Drink  Brew Lab

Brew Lab | Artisan Coffee Bar is a speciality coffee shop in Edinburgh serving single origin brewed coffees and espresso. We’re about exploring the possibilities of coffee and what a coffee shop should be – melding traditional and innovative brewing techniques and local artisan produce to create a new coffee shop experience.

Daily | 6-8 South College Street | Website

See: Jim Lambie

Described as one of the most internationally significant Scottish artists of our time, Lambie’s rise to fame came in 1999 with his multi-coloured vinyl taped floor installations in a series entitled Zobop. The charm of Lambie’s work lies in its almost childlike approach to colour and the ability to turn the ordinary into the surreal shown poignantly in the Shaved Ice installation, a room full of brightly coloured mirrored ladders which climb all the way to the ceiling. The installation at the Fruitmarket will feature a retrospective of his body of work, including early sculpture work such as The Kid With The Replacable Head as well as work made specifically for the exhibition itself.

27 June – 19 Oct | Fruitmarket Gallery | Website

Enjoy: Mary’s Milk Bar

Mary’s Milk Bar is a cosy space for you to enjoy the best quality gelato and chocolate. The key to all Mary’s products is freshness. There aren’t truffles with a shelf life of 6 months – everything uses fresh ingredients with no preservatives. This means everything is just that little bit more delicious!

Daily | 19 Grassmarket  | Website

Eat: Burger Meats Bun 

If you want a burger that'll blow your box you're in the right place. At Burger Meats Bun we are dedicated to producing the tastiest burgers, using only the best quality ingredients, served to you with a huge smile (and on a brioche bun) from our Glasgow and Edinburgh (opening 4th July) kitchens

Daily |  Broughton Street | Website

Visit: The Craft Scotland Summer Show

The Craft Scotland Summer Show starts today and is open daily until 23 August. The show features 32 craft makers from across Scotland showcasing top quality jewellery, ceramics, textiles and homeware. The show returns to the 2nd floor of White Stuff in George Street with an outdoor raised platform where ‘Meet your Maker’ events will take place. Entry to the show is free, for opening times and details of the ‘Meet your Maker’ programme go to 

Daily til 23 August | George Street | Website

Eat: Enzo

Italian restaurant Enzo will be the first licensed premises to open at the Quartermile development, one of Scotland’s largest urban regeneration schemes, on the former site of the Royal Infirmary. Situated over two floors, the dining room will have 60 covers, while a huge bar will accommodate 120 people, with al fresco seating for 40. An all-day dining affair, Enzo will open later this month serving both Scottish and Italian produce.

Daily from daly August | Quartermile | Website