The Fruitmarket Gallery
The Fruitmarket Gallery is accessible both in location and in ethos: a neighbour to Waverley Train Station's Market Street entrance, its powder-pink facade is difficult to miss, and a good thing too. Having firmly established itself as a centre for world-class contemporary art, Fruitmarket runs all exhibitions and installations free of charge, with an eye for breath-taking artistic merit encompassing every discipline on the creative spectrum, from light installations to painting to sculpture.
For those who belive that the proof is in the pudding, however, Fruitmarket's lower level café dishes up art in food form. While there's a very tasty selection of savouries (largely salads and fresh deli-filled rolls, as well as mezze and fish platters to share) Fruitmarket's desserts are lethal. In a good way. There's a whole string of sweetmeats we're dying to snaffle, from tarts, to pies, to chunky chocolate tiffin. If after all this eating and culture you can drag yourself in the direction of the door, linger a little longer to peruse the Fruitmarket's quite excellent bookshop-cum-gift store. And then, if you must go, grab a copy of The Skinny, available here, on your way out!