Elizabeth Ann MacGregor: Insider Guide to Edinburgh

By Butterboom Writers  /  July 20, 2012


An Insider guide to Edinburgh. Elizabeth Ann MacGregor the director of the cutting-edge Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, has turned her passion into her profession.

Born in Dundee, she discovered the world of art at university and hasn’t looked back since. Prestigious posts in Scotland, and helming Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery followed, before she headed down under – where her bold decisions (scrapping the MCA’s entrance fees) and penchant for tartan DMs soon turned heads. Here, she shares her take on beguiling Scottish capital Edinburgh.

Hotel-Missoni, Resturant

Where to drink and eat

Edinburgh has wonderful old bars – the Café Royal has been a favourite since my student days. Leith, the old port area, is worth the trip to eat at The Kitchin where chef Tom Kitchin’s seasonal menu takes you ‘from nature to plate.’

What to see

On the art front, visit the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, The Fruitmarket Gallery and Stills for the latest in photography.

Hotel-Missoni, Rosa-Suite



Where to stay

Mr & Mrs Smith recommends seven boutique hotels in Edinburgh, including the style-savvy Hotel Missoni, decked out by the vibrant stripe-loving Italian fashion brand.

Elizabeth Ann has reviewed The Waterhouse at South Bund in Shanghai for Mr & Mrs Smith.


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