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Edinburgh City Break

Explore Edinburgh’s Top Attractions

Edinburgh Castle

Sitting on top of an extinct volcano, the Castle is the most iconic image of Edinburgh and a must see during your stay. Stand at the castle Esplanade for the best views around the city or if you have time the definitely take the tour around the castle. During peak summer season book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

 

Arthur’s Seat

Fantastic routed walks are highly recommended around Arthur’s seat. If the weather is nice, this is a must for your visit. Great views of Edinburgh from the top!!

 

Calton Hill

An easy climb from Regent Road, either by steps or by taking the road which winds round the back of the hill. There you’ll find the National Monument, Nelson Monument, Dugald Stewart Monument, the original Edinburgh Observatory and lots of great viewpoints to see the whole city. A great place to visit for photographers.

 

The Meadows

Another one of Edinburgh’s large green spaces. On a sunny day, the Meadow’s is the place to be and where the locals go. Only a 10-minute walk from our apartment. Many fun summers afternoons have been spent here with friends, having a few drinks on the grass or enjoying a BBQ. While you’re there, stop by The Blackbird bar for a drink in their beer garden. They also do really good food.

 

William Street

A vibrant & exciting Street in the heart of Edinburgh’s West End . The Street is full of character with innovative & award winning places to visit. Independent shops and cafes and boutiques can be found here. Fox & Co is the place to go for a coffee, or why not stop by The Voyage of Buck for a speciality cocktail. Rogue Flowers is a beautiful florist, definitely worth a visit if you like unusual blooms.

 

Victoria Street

On the top 10 of the most beautiful streets in the UK and definitely one to snap a photo of for your Instagram feed. Quirky shops & great food. Look for Maison Bleue, a French restaurant with good lunch deals & lovely atmosphere in the evenings! Don’t forget to head up Victoria Terrace for a better view over The Grassmarket.

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Arts, Culture & Sport

The National Museum of Scotland

Definitely put a visit here on your to-do-list. A great place to spend a few hours getting lost in. Everything from Dinosaurs to F1 cars, Egyptian mummy’s to Persian rugs and everything in between. The kids will love it, as will you!

 

The Portrait Gallery

Located at the far end of Queen Street, the portrait gallery houses the national collections of portraits, all of which happen to be of Scots. In addition, it also holds the Scottish National Photography Collection. The gothic sandstone building is a piece of art in itself and the building has a quiet, calm ambience.

 

The Gallery of Modern Art

If you love modern art then this is the place for you. Spread across two buildings which face each other: Modern One and Modern Two, the gallery has the largest modern art collection in Scotland. The café is also worth a visit while you’re there with homemade cakes and good tea and coffee in a beautiful garden setting.

 

Ghost Tours

If you aren’t easily spooked then book yourself on to one of Edinburgh’s many ghost tours and learn about the city’s terrifying past. From Burke and Hair to the Plague, you’ll visit graveyards, underground caves and might even see a ghost or two. If you’re really brave, go on one of the night tours!!

 

Murrayfield Stadium

If you love Rugby then don’t leave Edinburgh without stopping off at Murrayfield Stadium. Accessible easily via Edinburgh Trams, Murrayfield is Scotlands National Rugby stadium.

 

Hearts & Hibs Football Clubs

The two Edinburgh local football teams are Hearts and Hibs, why not catch a game at either Tynecastle or Easter Road stadium while you’re visiting. Soak up the atmosphere, sing some songs and enjoy a half-time scotch pie and Bovril.

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Let’s Do Brunch

Dishoom

A new Edinburgh restaurant with a middle eastern twist. Expect sausages served inside a freshly made nan bread with chilli jam and a side of masala beans. It sounds crazy but it’s delicious and will leave you wanting to return for more!

 

Montpelliers

A perfect brunch restaurant with all the things you’d expect. Can’t go wrong with a classic Eggs benedict and a bloody mary! Why not come back for a mid-week dinner where they offer great 3-course deals.

 

The Ivy on The Square

If you’re looking for a slightly more glamorous affair then head to the newly opened Ivy on The Square. Located on St Andrews Square, expect the same great service and quality found at The Ivy in London. Advanced booking is always required.

 

Grams

A tiny cafe beside Haymarket station specialising in healthier brunch choices. Expect smoothie bowls, protein pancakes and raw cakes. All deliciously prepared. They don’t take bookings so just walk in and they’ll do their best to accommodate you.

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But First…Coffee

Cairngorm Coffee

Our favourite coffee spot in Edinburgh. It’s a sun trap with indoor and outdoor seating and it’s a really enjoyable place to sit and relax with a book. Their hot chocolate is delicious and don’t leave without ordering the banana loaf. It’s a dream! (££)

 

Noughts & Coffee’s

Nearby to The Tartan Stag, a handy little café that allows you to sit in or take away. A board game café that allows you to play games while enjoying locally sourced produce. (£)

 

Starbucks on Princes Street

Unrivalled view of The Castle (£)

 

Maison de Moggy

If you’re looking for something a bit different, enjoy a coffee surrounded by the dozen resident cats, and they have the most amazing cakes! (£££)

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Afternoon Tea

The Tower

A Michelin starred restaurant on the top floor of the National Museum, it hosts incredible views of the castle. They offer a fantastic afternoon tea!

 

Mademoiselle Macaroon

Ok so not technically afternoon tea, but if you’d like a sweet bite, and you’re a sucker for a macaroon then this is the place to go. Only a 5-minute walk from our apartment on Grindlay Street, the macaroons here are Paris worthy! The owner trained at Laudure in Paris and makes all the classic flavours as well as some Scottish ones including Irn-Bru and Innis and Gunn!! They also do classes for groups if you fancy making your own!

 

Palm Court @ The Balmoral Hotel

My personal favourite in Edinburgh, a beautiful setting and tasty food with the perfect balance of sweet and savoury and a great Tea selection!! If you love afternoon tea, visit here!

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Dinner is Served

The Witchery

Iconic, Stunning, atmospheric restaurant. Expect a fine dining experience, local produce and a magical setting. (£££)

 

Angels with Bagpipes

A beautiful restaurant on The Royal Mile specialising in local produce and Scottish Cuisine. They can be pricy in the evening, but they do a reasonably priced 3-course lunch menu, so definitely worth a visit. (££)

 

Divino

Our favourite restaurant that we stumbled upon completely by accident located under George IV Bridge in a cosy wine cellar. They do excellent Italian food and hundreds of delicious wines, all available by the glass. Its family run and the staff are lovely!  (££)

 

The Beer Kitchen

Located only 2 minutes away from the flat, nearby on Lothian Road, the restaurant/Bar is owned by Edinburgh brewery Innis and Gunn serves fantastic Scottish Pub food. As well as their own beers served by the bottle or on draft they stock lots of other craft beers. The food is hearty and filling. Expect home comforts and a relaxed atmosphere. Oh, and the Rum cask beer is a must try!  (£)

 

First Coast

Scottish Cuisine and a seasonal menu, located on Dalry Road (About a 15-minute walk from our apartment) The food is what you’d expect from a fine dining restaurant, but at a more reasonable price and a more relaxed atmosphere. The wine is great, too! (££)

 

Topalabamba

Mexican Tapa’s located just 2 minutes’ walk from our apartment on Lothian road. Expect Mexican street food, small plates, margaritas and sombreros. Do I need to say any more? (££)

 

Chez Jules

French café that does the best steak and chips with a garlic butter sauce. Excellent lunch time menus with 3 course deals for less than £15. If you feel daring order the frogs legs and Snails Eeek! (£)

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Drinks & Cocktails

Devils Advocate

Located just off the Royal Mile down a staircase, this dark atmospheric little bar is cosy and enchanting. The Old Fashioned cocktail is delicious if you’re a fan. I hear the food is also really good!

 

Panda & Sons

Cool little cocktail bar found hidden down a secret stairway through the back of a bookcase – Seriously! Here’s the clue, look for the barber shop!!

 

The Voyage of Buck

Signature blended cocktails and unusual handcrafted spirits and infused mixers. A cosy, dark and moody little bar that takes you back in time to the Victorian era. Atmosphere 10/10!

 

Lebowskis

Great burgers and cocktails inspired by the film The Big Lebowski. They have a large selection of White Russians – Try the salted caramel one, it’s a dream! 30 seconds walk from our flat. Very friendly staff.

 

The Jazz Bar

Live jazz music most nights of the week with fantastic local and world-renowned acts playing this cosy little venue which could be something straight out of Paris. Good wine. Great music. A good night is always guaranteed.

 

Tigerlily

One of Edinburgh’s most popular cocktail bars (which is also reflected in the price) with beautiful interiors and an amazing drinks selection. Good music on a Friday and Saturday night! Definitely worth a visit for drinks, although the food menu is also great and relatively budget-friendly.

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Shop Until You Drop

The Royal Mile

The mile-long cobbled street the starts from The Castle and ends at The Palace of Holyrood House is definitely a must visit if you’re looking to pick up some souvenirs or local crafts. Shops selling everything from cashmere and candles to kilts and whiskey, The Royal Mile has it all. While you’re there see some of the iconic sights of Edinburgh including St Giles Cathedral, The Heart of Midlothian and a statue of the philosopher David Hume; who’s toe it’s said to be lucky to rub!

 

Princes Street & George Street

It’s not often that the main shopping street in the city is looked over by an ancient castle… On Princes Street, you’ll find several department stores, I’d recommend Jenner’s as its Edinburgh’s oldest Department store, and can be found at the far end of Princes Street. There’s also some top high street brands including Topshop, H&M and Zara. Personally, I enjoy a stroll along George Street as it has nicer, more boutique style stores. If you love home accessories, then definitely stop by Anthropologie. If you’re shopping for a special gift, then ROX jewellers is a must visit.

 

Harvey Nichols and Multrees Walk

If you like the finer things in life, Harvey Nichols has four floors of the newest season designer fashion, accessories, and food. While you’re there, take a stroll down Multrees walk for more high-end shops including Burberry, Louis Vuitton, Sandro and Mulberry to name a few.

 

The Grassmarket & Victoria Street

Lots of quirky shops to stroll through. There’s also a market here on a Saturday selling local crafts and produce so worth a wander.

 

Edinburgh Farmers Market

Located on Castle Terrace, just a 5-minute walk from our apartment every Saturday morning from 10am, vendors sell local produce. I highly recommend picking up a venison burger for breakfast, they’re delicious!

 

Dundas Street & Stockbridge

Antique shops and posh art galleries rub shoulders with historic watchmakers, independent boutique jewellers and upholsters. Great for a rummage for everything from an original art piece to a set of antique doorknobs or a shabby chic dresser. The farmers market is on every Sunday and is located on Saunders Street in Stockbridge, which is only a 5 minutes scenic stroll through Edinburgh’s New Town.

 

The Ecolarder

The Eco Larder is Edinburgh’s first ZERO WASTE store. Recently opened by two of our friends, it’s located on Morrison Street and is a plastic-free supermarket with a mission to reduce waste on a local level to help the planet on a global level. They are a social enterprise, not for profit aiming to help the local community, educate people about the harm that plastic is causing to our planet and also support local businesses. Please go visit them during your stay, they’ll be happy to welcome you.

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