Skip to content

Best things to do in Edinburgh

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

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.”
87local recommendations
Farmers Market
“Sunday morning from 10am, lively. quaint little produce and gift market at stockbridge. Walk along the Water of Leith to get there. ”
179local recommendations
Pub
$$
“Shabby chic in style, this popular bar is relaxed and serves a wide variety of drinks as well as food. - Elm Row SPECIAL DIETS Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options MEALS Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks CUISINES Bar, European, Pub FEATURES Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service, Wheelchair Accessible”
167local recommendations
Cemetery
“These photos do not do it justice! A cute little village with beautiful scenery underneath the city centre! ”
101local recommendations
Movie Theater
“Classic architectural gem offering the latest in Hollywood along with cult classics.”
185local recommendations
Café
$$
“The Roseleaf, 22-23 Sandport Street, EH6 6EW. Really friendly, quirky bar and eatery, serving throughout the day-brunch to dinner. The food is very tasty and they are famous for their ‘pot tails’ (cocktails served in vintage teapots) and homemade spicy ginger beer. ”
159local recommendations
Thai Restaurant
$
“Great authentic Thai fast food. Cheap & cheerful. You cannot book it’s queue and wait only. Will be particularly busy in Aug as it’s very near the main festival venues.”
157local recommendations
Coffee Shop
$$
“A must visit for Harry Potter Fans, JK Rowling came here to write some of her books ”
116local recommendations
Hotel
“Find Scottish Storytelling centre, White horse close and Museum of Childhood.”
100local recommendations
Pizza Place
$$
“Great original wood-fired cooked and delicious thin-crust pizzas - eat in or take-away!”
137local recommendations
Gastropub
$$
“Bustling, richly-decorated corner brasserie/bar with a range of craft beers plus Sunday brunch. ”
147local recommendations
Cafe
“A loveable neighbourhood gastro pub in the heart of Leith, with a stunning victorian interior. Great food at great prices, open all day from breakfast till late. ”
129local recommendations
Coffee Shop
$$
“Huge selection of hot drinks in a relaxed atmosphere with breakfast served too - Broughton Street”
146local recommendations
Monument / Landmark
“The Scott Monument is a Victorian Gothic monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It is the second largest monument to a writer in the world after the José Martí monument in Havana. It stands in Princes Street Gardens, just opposite the Jenners department store and near to Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station, which is named after Scott's Waverley novels. The tower is 200 feet 6 inches (61.11 m) high, and has a series of viewing platforms reached by a series of narrow spiral staircases giving panoramic views of central Edinburgh and its surroundings. The highest platform is reached by a total of 288 steps.”
100local recommendations
Hotel
“Great for drinks and food. Beautiful setting. Great selection of cocktails and beers.”
97local recommendations
Cocktail Bar
$$$
“Great bar in an almost secret like location situated on a close off the Royal Mile. Wide selection of whisky and you can also eat here. Owned by the same people who have Bon Vivant.”
114local recommendations