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Things to do in Edinburgh

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Adult Boutique
“Good range of the usual upmarket retail stores such as Hobbs, Jo Malone, LK Bennet”
  • 120 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Yacht was inaugurated by The Queen. Its open for public view. Very nice view of Edinburgh Ocean Terminal and shore. ”
  • 96 locals recommend
Road
“Known as such as it is one mile long and connects two of Edinburgh's most iconic locations - Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle, this is one of the busiest streets in Old Town. The Royal Mile is an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, pubs and visitor attractions. During the August Edinburgh Festival, the High Street becomes crowded with tourists, entertainers and buskers. It has various souvenir shops along with vintage and quirky bohemian clothes shops, you will also find multiple traditional whiskey shops and drinks locally sourced from Edinburgh and wider Scotland for you to sample and buy. You can also browse through various shops selling Scottish tartan and tweeds. ”
  • 84 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“Tasty thai food at good prices. Usually have to queue to get a table but never a long wait. ”
  • 143 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Fantastic pizza and you can either go and eat in their lovely restaurant, order it for delivery at home or, if you are at The Joker & The Thief on Leith Walk, order it and have it with your pint of Tennent's (they serve it up on a platter, and provide napkins etc....amazing!). The Vesuvio is my firm favourite!”
  • 118 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Speciality artisan coffee shop on Broughton Street, 3 mins walk from the flat. A must for the coffee connoisseur! ”
  • 141 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Good cocktails & music. A happening place tucked out of the way of most tourists.... ”
  • 129 locals recommend
Bridge
“Great pubs, great cafes, great independent shops on St Stephen St (including Those Were The Days Vintage), a great independent spectacle shop named Iolla and a food market on a Sunday.”
  • 162 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Best pizzeria in edinburgh will not dissapoint ten min walk from flat best to book ahead especially on weekends they do delivery also”
  • 132 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Excellent local bar and Edinburgh institution. Great beers, cocktails and large gin and whisky selection.”
  • 105 locals recommend
Plaza
“Pubs and bars are found along this vibrant street. Great views of the castle from below.”
  • 118 locals recommend
Cupcake Shop
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“Tray-bakes, scones and cakes galore at friendly cafe with camp 40s decor, lunches and teas.”
  • 106 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“A hidden gem in the historic old town. Located down a lane from the royal mile it exudes history and atmosphere. A great place to stop off for a quick drink if you have been visiting all the historic attractions.”
  • 101 locals recommend
Hotel
“Great for food but also great for drinks in a beautiful setting with a great vibe.”
  • 94 locals recommend
Park
“An oasis of green in the heart of Edinburgh, 5 minutes walk from the flat. At 54 acres, it is one of Scotland's largest urban parks. There is a boating pond on the south side of the Park incorporating an attractive wetlands water garden. Stunning views of the city skyline and Pentland Hills can be seen from above the pond. The park also features a children's play park, four tennis courts, a ball court for basketball and football, a petanque court and a running and fitness circuit.”
  • 86 locals recommend
Cemetery
“Dean Village is a peaceful green oasis on the Water of Leith, only a five minute walk from bustling Princes Street. It's the perfect place to go for a peaceful walk.”
  • 109 locals recommend