Edinburgh is a wonderful place if you want to pretend to live a more continental life. So whether you fancy posing in some chic French café, or just some exposure to the language, these are your best bets:
1. Institut Français d’Ecosse (13 Randolph Crescent)
The French institute of Scotland has much in store for those who enjoy French cinema, literature, and potentially wine! The resources and membership are free to University students who study French, plus is an invaluable source of information to get involved with the French cultural events happening all over the city. There are courses on offer, though visiting the institute in itself will provide an opportunity to practice your French.
2. La Barantine (Bruntsfield)
Those who travel frequently to France know that the fresh baguette is an important part of the day in France. People wake up early to buy their thin, crunchy bread straight from the oven. In Tesco you will buy a thick, stodgy replica of a baguette, no, this is not a baguette! Head immediately to la Barantine in Bruntsfield for a wonderful french baguette, but please don't miss the petit dejeuner. It's another great place to practice French, or even Franglish, should you wish.
3. The University of Edinburgh French society
The French society at the University of Edinburgh organise numerous cultural events throughout the year, including film screenings, French wine evenings and socials with a French theme. This will no doubt motivate you to study your French grammar. How else will you communicate with that good looking bunch? There is also a French theatre society, even if you cannot see yourself as the protagonist in 'La dame de chez Maxim', do go along and see it!