Though I’ve now lived in St. Andrews for about five months, I think it is safe to say that I’m still finding little hidden gems of this beautifully rich town. A cute boutique, a serene park, or a favorite bakery–I have put together a personal list of places I frequent and thought I would share my five favorite things to do in St. Andrews during the holiday and winter season. It may be cold, but it glows with holiday cheer and excitement! So let’s take a walk around town, shall we?
My absolute favorite place to go, rain or shine, is to visit Bouquiniste. At the very start of Market Street, this quaint bookstore carries a great collection of antiquarian and second-hand books from politics to historical fiction to literary classics, you would be amazed not to find something. If you are a design connoisseur like me, you will also fall in love with a lot of the book covers as they are branded with gilded titles and leather bound.
Find Bouquiniste at 31 Market Street
I find the holiday time in St. Andrews to be very inviting. There are lights, ornaments, christmas trees and window shopping. Simply walking around town is just so much fun as people are all out and about putting together Christmas presents. Grab a cup of hot chocolate from any cafe and walk about the streets!
Cheese is a must during this time of year! The Christmas cheese trays are packed with unique and special holiday cheeses. Make sure to visit the Guid Cheese Shop, right off of South Street! Svetlana, the cheesemonger, specializes in artisanal and farmhouse cheeses from around the world perfecting a cheese, wine and/or chutney pairing for a full-flavored experience.
Find The Guid Cheese Shop at 141 South Street
A new to St. Andrews and a quick hit is the St. Andrews Wine Company on Bell Street. They are price friendly and what a great way to warm up to a wine tasting! I think my favorite thing to do is to tell them what you’re planning for dinner and they will give a range of wine choices. Trust me when I say these guys know what they’re talking about.
Find St. Andrews Wine Company at 16 Bell Street
Mitchell Deli and Cafe is always high on everyone’s list of favorite place to visit for either a cup of tea, some charcuterie, or a delicious meal with a group of friends. The design and architecture is admiring, the people are friendly and it’s an open space for good company. Personally, I’m a big fan of the cheese trolley, which specializes in Scottish cheeses, and accompany that with a glass of wine!
Find Mitchell’s at 112 Market Street
I hope you enjoyed the walk around town! I had such a lovely time putting this together for you. I hope you find my winter favorites exciting and enjoyable and hope to share some personal favorites during the warmer seasons in just a few months!
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