For someone who usually travels on a budget, I don't get to do much shopping, or if I do, then it generally doesn't involve buying anything I could then recommend to other travellers. But The Fudge Kitchen is a slightly different story, and an experience as well as a shop. It's something that I always make a point of showing around to friends who come to visit Edinburgh.
Aside from the fact that this tiny little shop simply sells the best fudge in the world (and I'm not some one who generally delights in fudge, but the stuff that they sell is in a whole other realm), but it's a nice place to stop into while sightseeing down the Royal Mile.
While it is a great place to walk and absolutely full of atmosphere and picture-taking opportunities, and the shops that are on the street almost always look the part, there isn't much to be bought on the Royal Mile. Once you pick out a few souvenir trinkets in one shop, you've seen what most have to offer, with the exception of Golden, just across from the Fudge Kitchen, which sells some stunning jewelery, stones, and gems, and though beautiful, nothing very practical. Most shops sell the same things as all of the Scotland Shops in Edinburgh.
The Fudge Kitchen, however, is something a little different. First of all, it is on your way either up or down the Royal Mile, so it's worth popping in for a look even if you don't feel inclined to buy a chunk of fudge. The smell will hit you many steps away and draw you in, so follow your nose down the Royal Mile until you reach it.
Once inside, they always have a selection of free sample fudge that they pleasantly offer you to try. I highly recommend that you do. They make some very interesting types, some with chocolate, some with caramel, some with mint. All of them are beautiful. But best of all, they make the fudge right there for you to see. Across the counter on a big slab they lay it out and prepare it while you watch. If they're out of some you want, just wait a while and they will probably make some more. The fudge is priced by weight, but a general good-sized chunk goes for between £3 and£4,and is truly worth every penny. It's an interesting little bit of Edinburgh that not everyone knows about, and I highly recommend that if you find yourself on the Royal Mile, you pop in for a sample.
by Red Mezz
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
January 29, 2006
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