Travel Guide: Edinburgh
Edinburgh is Scotland's capital city. With a prominent old town and castle that overlook the city, Edinburgh is a sophisticated-looking city that pairs old and new together in a beautiful way. With a population under one million people, Edinburgh is reminiscent of a quieter London. Edinburgh also hosts the world's largest cultural arts festival transforms every August.
Food & Drink
- Bon Vivant • Casual dining with quality food, wine and cocktails. The restaurant has a Parisian vibe, but the food was traditional Scottish fare. We would recommend Bon Vivant for the perfect Sunday Roast.
- Forage & Chatter • Forage and Chatter has a relaxed and cozy atmosphere, with seasonal menus featuring fresh comfort food. And as the name would suggest, much of the of the food on the menu is foraged. This restaurant was excellent value for the quality of food and service!
- Makars Gourmet Mash Bar • A trip to Edinburgh is not complete without trying some bangers and mash! We stopped here on our first night and ate on the patio with a view of Edinburgh Castle. Our meal was the perfect comfort food after long day of sightseeing.
- Panda & Sons • A hidden underground speakeasy. We walked through a barbershop and bookcase to enter Panda & Sons. The bar's theme is prohibition era, so be prepared to travel back to the 1920's while sipping on the best cocktails in the city!
- Teuchters Bar • A great place to spend a couple of hours drinking a couple of ales or craft beers. This was the perfect pub to stop for pints on a sunny day!
- Never Really Here • An unmarked speakeasy and cocktails made with local ingredients, Never Really Here checks all of our boxes! We didn't get a chance to stop by, but this bar will definitely be on our list for our next visit to Edinburgh!
- Stockbridge Market • One of Edinburgh's most popular markets among locals and tourists. This is the place to go to for delicious street food or a Sunday stroll. Handmade soaps, jewellery, bags, clothes, organic produce, fresh fish and game are a few of the things you can pick up here.
- The Farmers’ Market • Not every market has views as amazing as this one. Located on Castle Terrace with the best view of Edinburgh Castle, it might be hard to focus on the market itself! We hear this market is the spot to go for your Sunday Roast cooking supplies.
- Pitt Street Market • A late night market with live music and entertainment, street food and drinks from local suppliers. Outdoor seating in The Yard is where you want to post up on a sunny day!
Other Food & Drink
Other Food • The Kitchin, Rhubarb, Scott's Kitchen, The Ship on the Shore, The Restaurant Martin Wishart, The Clock Cafe & Bistro, The Heron
Other Drink • The Lucky Liquor Co, The Bon Vivant's Companion, Bramble Bar, Nauticus Bar, Roseleaf
Coffee Shops • Cairngorm Coffee, Fortitude Coffee, The Milkman, LOWDOWN, Toast
Activities & Attractions
- Edinburgh castle • The site of Ediburgh Castle did not disappoint! If you love history, castles, architecture, or views of the city, than this is a must see. We would recommend buying tickets in advance to avoid lines or selling out.
- Arthur's Seat Hike (Holyrood Park) • Arthur's Seat is the highest of a group of hills known as the Salisbury Crags, that make up Holyrood Park. The summit is 251 metres high, and was surprisingly rocky and wild for a hill in the centre of a major city. Views of Edinburgh in all directions was the perfect reward when we got to the top!
- Leith Walk (Princes Street to Leith) • Stroll along Leith Walk to one of Europe's coolest neighbourhoods, Leith. The buzzing port district is just 35 minutes north of Edinburgh city centre. Home to four Michelin-star restaurants, the Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh Mela Festival - we can see why visiting Leith pops up on all the travel lists!
OTHER ATTRACTIONS (SITES, PARKS, ETC.)
Sites • Holyrood Park, The Meadows Park, St. Giles Cathedral, The Water of Leith Walkway
Shopping • Victoria Street in the Old Town, Princes Street, George Street
Other Activities • St. Giles Cathedral, Scottish National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery
Old Town and the Royal Mile, New Town, Haymarket, Green Hill