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As promised in our weekly theme, OROGOLD examines the hottest places to enjoy yourself, eat and drink in Edinburgh and Glasgow. This article from OROGOLD Cosmetics highlights those special spots for beautiful walks, beautiful outdoor markets and cozy indoor venues that are definitely worth a watch if you happen to be in Edinburgh or Glasgow during the holiday season.

Best Winter Hot Spots in and around Edinburgh

One of the best ways to enjoy the festive season in Edinburgh is to head over to the Edinburgh Christmas Market or to Princes Street. The area is home to all sorts of stores that sell a variety of goods like stationary, clothes, jewelry, accessories and art. Another option worth checking out is the Red Door Gallery. This cute little gallery is full of unusual and interesting items that can end up being the ideal souvenirs to take back home. For something entirely dedicated to Christmas, head over to the Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe.

Those of you wanting to enjoy outdoor fun, might want to check out the ice skating rink, pretzels and mulled wine in New Town. And while you’re there, don’t miss out on George Street, an area famous for its beautiful Christmas lighting. The Dome’s Christmas decorations are also known to be a sight to behold. They come up around the month of November and are known to attract huge crowds. Places that deserve a special mention for their coffee are Artisan Roast in Bruntsfield Place and Brew Lab in South College Street.

Best Winter Hot Spots in and around Glasgow

Those of you wanting to enjoy a beautiful winter walk can head over to Cathkin Braes, an area located in Southeast Glasgow. This area is famous as the highest point in Glasgow and walking and mountain biking are the best things to do in Cathkin Braes. You could also choose a tour of The Winter Gardens. The Garden is a part of The People’s Palace and it is full of exotic looking plants and trees from all over the world. For something even more exciting, visit the Snow Factor, the only real indoor ski slope in Scotland.

If you’re in the mood to try some soup during the winters, head over to Piece, home to the best soup in Glasgow. The place might be cheap, but it is bound to warm you up and leave a smile on your face. If you’re in the mood for something stronger than soup, you can easily walk over to Ben Nevis, a bar that is famous for its fantastic whiskey selection. If malt is your thing, then don’t miss out on The Belle, located on Great Western Road. The Belle is also famous for its coal fireplace, and grabbing a seat by the fire is likely to leave an experience that you’ll never forget. For an entirely unique experience, head over to the Tchai Ovna. This quaint little cafe offers you with a beautiful terrace and allows you to cozy up under a blanket while you sip on their teas and try out their shisha.

And if your Glasgow trip coincides with the festive season, don’t forget to check out the George Square, the main square in the city. If huge crowds are not your thing, try out Sloans, located close to Argyle Street. Sloans is the ultimate one-stop destination for all your drinking, eating, shopping and partying in Glasgow.

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