Lifestyle and Shopping in Edinburgh
Expats moving to Edinburgh will find their lifestyle, and perhaps even their moods, will quickly become weather dependent.
As a city intimately intertwined with the surrounding landscape and infinitely fond of outdoor space, life in the summer sunshine is active and inspiring. Whether residents are absorbing the creative energy that comes with the city's internationally recognised festivals, or simply enjoying a classic picnic in the Princes Street Gardens or on one of Arthur's Seat's rocky outcrops there's lots of opportunity to be active and engaged.
On the flip side, once the winter winds blow in, expats will find their lifestyle may change tremendously. During this time period, it's important to seek out the many recreational facilities and indoor cultural opportunities that do, in fact, abound in the city and not to drown the sorrows of a lost summer season in Edinburgh's very heavy drinking culture.
Bars and restaurants are certainly inviting, and the local culinary scene is starting to find its feet; nonetheless, expats should be wary of just how intoxicating Edinburgh's night life can be.
There's never a lack of live music, and the pub can become a dangerous central point of socialisation in a city that seems to have a countless number of watering holes.
As an alternative, and as a quick fix to a grey winter mood, the city has some fantastic shopping – namely along Princes Street and George Street. Expats will find all of their favourite UK chain stores as well as a few choice boutiques and independent stores offering a slightly more off-beat, quirky selection.