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Making the big move with our Haymarket GM, Gabriella

Posted in Blog by connor on September 4, 2020

Our new Nido Haymarket General Manager, Gabriella Kennedy recently made the move from Newcastle to Edinburgh, a move that some students will be making themselves come to the start of the new academic year. So, who better than Gabriella to tell you all about her time in Edinburgh so far, and the best places to go to get you prepped for your big move.


Take it away, Gabs…


My favourite places I’ve discovered in Edinburgh.

I moved to Edinburgh during the lockdown. A big move to a big city. I was eager to explore this extraordinary place. As Edinburgh safely reopens its doors over the past few weeks, I’ve been introduced to some incredible places which I would like to share with you.

Princes Street Gardens

Unsure what to do on a sunny day in Edinburgh? I’d recommend the short walk to Princes Street Gardens. Two beautiful adjacent public parks in the centre of Edinburgh. Providing benches and grass areas perfect for a picnic with friends where more often than not is a Mr Whippy van in sight. Princes Street Gardens, of course, is just opposite Princes Street, a famous stretch of a variety of stores for any lover of shopping.

Bread Meats Bread

If you’re a foodie like me, this is heaven.

An amazing burger spot with a fantastic menu range including classic, chicken or vegan burgers as well as a variety of sides. Ever tried poutine? Neither had I! Now I can’t get enough. Their milkshakes are particularly delicious with seasonal flavours and most recently I tried their popcorn milkshake which was out of this world. They deliver straight to Nido Haymarket but their restaurant is now open to sitting in dining too which is only located 15 minutes away.



Palace of Holyrood House

I was particularly interested in getting to know about the history of Edinburgh, and what better way to start than attending a tour of the Palace of Holyrood House? Located on the outskirts of Edinburgh, their guided tours explored the history of the Queen’s Scottish residence with messages from the Royal Family themselves. An extraordinary landmark with fascinating artefacts including one of Queen Victoria’s beautiful dresses and Embroidery pieces created by Mary, Queen of Scots.


Looking for a go-to lunch spot near Nido Haymarket? Milk is the place to go. Not only do they serve amazing coffee (mine’s a latte with one sugar) but they serve incredible food made with thoughtfully sourced ingredients that include organic and local produce where possible with a fantastic vegan and gluten-free range.

Edinburgh Zoo

As Edinburgh Zoo says itself “For a great day out, you can’t beat Edinburgh Zoo.” And they’re right! Their attractions and extensive animal collection will provide you with incredible memories. From the Giant Panda exhibit to Penguin Rock, you’ll be in awe of these beautiful animals as well learn so much about them.


These are only a few of my favourite places that I’ve been able to visit during my short time here in Edinburgh, but I’ll definitely keep you all updated on any new places I visit.


Our Nido Haymarket residence is set in the vibrant west-end of Edinburgh, and our doors are open to prospective students who are looking for accommodation this September. So, why not have a look at some of the amazing offers we have available, and book with us right now!