At the Boxsmall Family Festival

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Last Saturday was the second day of Edinburgh Festival, so we left the house early to get the party started at Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco at George Square Gardens. After an hour of dancing and jumping around we were pretty hungry, so we walked to Princes Street and the Boxsmall Market & Family Festival that is on until Sunday the 28th. 

The Boxsmall market is an architecturally designed market made up of 14 contemporary cubic micro-stores holding within them Scottish design, art, clothing and delicious street food. The festival area isn’t big, but we managed to spend a couple of hours there easily, eating, checking out the stalls, admiring the views and watching Lana enjoy herself!


We were starving when we got there and after a bit of browsing Matthew settled for some Latin Food by Orinoco. I wanted to try it as well but didn’t want to get the same thing so opted for something else in the end.


This is shredded chicken with avocado and cheese inside arepa – traditional South American corn bread. Matthew said it was really tasty!


It’s a nice relaxing area right in the middle of the bustling city where you need it the most.


Plus the views of the Old Town are pretty damn amazing!


I finally decided to step out of my comfort zone and get a fish taco from ShrimpWreck that I’ve heard good things about – and apart from a bit of coriander (why is this herb from hell everywhere nowadays?!) I really, really enjoyed my meal! The fish was perfectly cooked and I love mango, yum.


It was Lana’s nap time, but we quickly gave up trying to get her to sleep and just let her loose in the little play area that she absolutely loved.

boxsmall play area

So much fun!


Lana kept herself busy for ages so that I could take a closer look at the non-food stalls.


I’ve seen the lovely work of Sally Fisher Gallery on social media, so it was nice to see it in real life too.


Eye-catching Scottish inspired silver jewellery by Meredith Jewellery.


You can’t have a Scottish market without some Harris Tweed!


And tartan of course!


After a bit of walking around it was time for a dessert, so I walked over to the Daisy Delicious Crepes stall for a Rocky Road crepe…


And another photo of the view – the old town is just so pretty!




We wanted to try the 9-hole rooftop putting course, Waverley Green, but it would’ve been impossible with Lana so we gave it a miss this time! But where else can you play golf with a view of Edinburgh Castle?!


The Bubbleparc children’s play area looked fun – especially the Bungeydome where you can jump up to 8 metres!


My girl <3


If Lana would’ve slept we could’ve enjoyed a cold drink in the sun, but Lana still didn’t co-operate so we went home instead!

The festival is open daily from 11am to 7pm and very easy to pop into as it’s right in the heart of Edinburgh next to the Balmoral Hotel and Waverley Train Station. Check it out!

x Nina x