EATIBOUTIQUIE 231 Berkeley Street, Finnieston, Glasgow, 0141 258 9267,

EatiBoutiquie’s newly extended café and boutique looks a bit like a hip granny’s living room, and offers a comfy escape from the high street where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, and some indulgent shopping, seven days a week. They use the best seasonal ingredients and source their boutique range from independent makers . . . and the chat is great.

IGNITE 272–274 Morrison Street, Haymarket, Edinburgh, 0131 228 5666

Enter Ignite and relax in one of the most stylish and modern Indian restaurants in Edinburgh while enjoying all the flavour, colour and aroma of Bangladesh and Northern Indian cuisine. Hitlisted in The List Eating & Drinking Guide, the restaurant provides excellent cusine in a laidback atmosphere, perfect for celebrating the festivities.

GODIVA BOUTIQUE 9 West Port, Edinburgh, 0131 221 9212,

Pop into one of Edinburgh's finest independent designer and vintage boutiques this month to check out lots of quirky, kitsch, one-off original Christmas gift ideas. On Thu 1 Dec, they invite you to the store from 5.30–8pm to start your Christmas shopping early, with the help of some festive wine, mince pies and exclusive on the night discounts.

EL QUIJOTE 13a Brougham Street, Edinburgh, 0131 478 2856,

Hitlisted in the The List Eating & Drinking Guide, El Quijote is a strong contender for the best Spanish restaurant on the Edinburgh dining scene. Try something a bit different this Christmas and let them customise your menu for a truly unique, traditional Spanish Christmas dinner. Prices from £15.

MAGNUM 1 Albany Street Edinburgh, 0131 557 4366

The Magnum has become a sound New Town institution, providing a warm welcome in a cosy setting. Christmas Menu's are ready now with some fantastic dishes; grilled scallops, roast beef or why not try their home-made, extra boozy Christmas Pudding? Book now to avoid disappointment.


MADE IN THE SHADE The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, Sat 10 Dec,

The gals return to host a one-off festive event. Over 40 of the very best indie crafters and designers this side of Amazeballsville showcase textiles, homewares, millinery, photography, fashion and offbeat gifts. Animator Lesley Barnes hosts a pop-up cinema, fashion boutique La La Land presents an interactive Fashion Room and The Modern Women's Institute get down to some public crafting.

ZEN LIFESTYLE 9 Bruntsfield Place, 0131 477 3535; 2–3 Teviot Place, 0131 226 6777; 84 Hanover Street, 0131 225 7009, Edinburgh

Zen Lifestyle is Edinburgh’s multi-award- winning salon, day spa and skin clinic. With three beautiful locations Zen offers a huge range of treatments including HD Brows, Shellac nails, advanced skin treatments, IPL hair removal, waxing, facials and massage. Zen gift vouchers are always a favourite at Xmas with Edinburgh’s beauty and spa lovers.

VINYL VILLAINS 5 Elm Row, Edinburgh, 0131 558 1170,

Established in 1983, Vinyl Villains is Edinburgh's finest vintage record store. Proudly 'retro', they believe that buying music should be a thrilling, hands-on experience. They stock all genres of music on vinyl and CD, with a good selection of DVDs and high quality tees as well. They also pay very fair prices for trade-ins.

LA LA LAND 1 De Courcy's Arcade, 5-21 Cresswell Lane, Glasgow, 0141 237 3882

La La Land is a new, exciting boutique in Glasgow's West End that stocks local independent designers and super-cool cult brands including Tatty Devine, Lazy Oaf and Brat & Suzie! They have lots of £10 and under stocking filler ideas including David Bowie Paper Dolls, hand-painted false nails, acrylic jewellery and graphic print stationary.

THE SUBURBAN PANTRY 12 Hillhouse Road, Edinburgh, 0131 332 2289,

The Suburban Pantry boasts a simple but well-executed menu which can hold its own against any city centre eatery. With an informal yet stylish ambience, it is perfect for all manner of occasions, and is a local diner worthy of your attention. The perfect place to relax and soak up some festive joy give them a call to find out more about their Christmas menu.

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