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Krystin Arneson

Contributing Writer

Contributing Writer

Krystin Arneson is a travel and culture writer who’s been based in Berlin since fall 2016. Previously, she’s written for Glamour (she’s the site's weekend editor), along with Travel + Leisure, Jetsetter, Teen Vogue, Refinery29, and India’s Arts Illustrated. She also holds an MSc. in Cultural Studies from the University of Edinburgh. When she’s not on the go, you can find her taking in Berlin’s foodie, nightlife, and art scenes; researching her next trip; and (still) trying to learn German.

A Day Hike Packing List, According to People Who Hike Regularly

From a straw that filters water to cozy socks that keep your feet dry.

The Edinburgh Grand

This hotel, in an exciting, newly vibrant area, is one of the buzziest, most stylish places to stay in town.

Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel

Located on one of New Town's swishest blocks, this hotel elevates the best of midcentury style to grand potential.

The Balmoral, A Rocco Forte Hotel

In Gaelic, the word "balmoral" translates to “majestic dwelling”—and that’s exactly what this classic, luxurious hotel feels like.

The Raeburn

Located in bougie New Town, this circa-1832 Georgian mansion, restored to perfection, opened in 2014 with 10 rooms.

Treptower Park

Treptower Park boasts a whole 207 acres of green space, with room for everyone.


Berlin's time-honored way to cool down in the summer.

Jane Davidson

This store, tucked into a Georgian townhouse with a fireplace, has been dressing Edinburgh's ladies who lunch since 1969.

Life Story

This light and bright store is the perfect backdrop to the beautiful, minimalist products from Scandinavia and closer to home.

Paper Tiger

This cheerful independent shop stocks well-designed, affordably priced paper and home goods, all by Scottish artists.

Herman Brown

Edinburgh's best vintage store is the place to come for labels you might not be able to find back home.


This New Town boutique brings some of the best global labels together under one roof, for Edinburghers looking for a relaxed-but-upmarket shopping experience.

Walker Slater

Tweed is part of Scotland’s heritage, and this shop carries on the fine tradition with both classic and modern designs.

Harvey Nichols

This British institution is the ultimate place for a high-end department store experience, complete with designer duds and Champagne.

Hawico Scotland

Don't expect to find anything trendy at this cashmere shop; rather, you'll see classic staples that will last for decades.

House of Fraser Jenners Edinburgh

This store's maze of hallways can get you all turned around, so be prepared for a delightful wander.