Things to do in Edinburgh

Here’s your key to the city. A definitive guide of the best local spots, as told by local Airbnb hosts

Best of the best

573 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Arthurs Seat and Salisbury Crags are natural rock formations in Edinburgh's Holyrood Park. The park is probably the most astonishing urban park in the UK and not only because it is ideally suited f... read more

Holyrood Park is a short walk from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in the heart of the city. It is a 640 acre Royal Park adjacent to Holyrood Palace. The parks highest point is Arthurs Seat, an ancient volc... read more

If you have the time take a trip to Holyrood Park and a climb Arthurs seat. Holyrood Park is a short walk from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile and the flat in the heart of the city. It is a 640 acre Royal P... read more

139 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I have a lot of love for the Cameo. This is a beautiful cinema which is 100+ years old! In the Tollcross area, close to Edinburgh University. You can get there easily from the Airbnb by taking th... read more

Shows a mixture of independent small stuff alongside more mainstream releases. One of the oldest cinema in Scotland (established in 1914), the main Screen 1 is has some glorious period features. I... read more

The Cameo is one of Edinburgh's two independent cinemas. Cinema one is great and has atmosphere, the other two screen are somewhat small. The Cameo cafe/ bar is a cosy spot for a pre-show drink. It... read more

137 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Two of Scotland's top Michelin star chefs, Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack have come together to create menus of fresh, home-cooked dishes using quality, seasonal, local produce. The pub is open sev... read more

Family-friendly gastropub owned by Scottish chef Tom Kitchin, who holds a Michelin Star for his fine-dining restaurant 'The Kitchin' in the Leith area of Edinburgh. This relaxed and cosy restaurant... read more

Michelin starred Tom Kitchin's gastropub in Stockbridge. Scottish produce and a nice wine list, either book or just try your luck to show up. Nice walk along the Water of Leith and a wander aroun... read more

126 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I have to say - it is truly the best Speciality Coffee place in Edinburgh if not in Scotland , there is another shop of Artisan Roast near our flat - at Stockbridge which is also perfect spot for a... read more

Once upon a time Edinburgh's coffee scene was rubbish. Then Artisan Roast appeared and everything changed. Now Edinburgh boasts one of the best coffee scenes in the country. Great place to read ... read more

Wonderful little coffee shop that roasts their own beans! Buy a bag of beans or ground coffee to take home. The best coffee shop in town.

124 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Only on on a Sunday, we head here if we aren't working. We always head to the Harujuku Kitchen for delicious Japanese Dumplings or Soba Noodles, but there are many other choices!! We like to stoc... read more

Stockbridge has a great mix of craft stalls, jewellers, and gourmet food stands. The market started in 2011 and is open every Sunday all year round from 10am to 5pm. The place has a bustling and fr... read more

If you're in Edinburgh for the weekend, visit Stockbridge Market. An outdoor market with a brilliant selection of world street food, cheese, bread, organic meats, cakes, fish and more! And coffee... read more

129 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Manna House is celebrating ten years on Easter Road and we do love it. As well as breads, buns and cakes, they serve tasty healthy salads and tarts that make a great lunch treat. You can also s... read more

Possibly Edinburgh's best artisan bakery! Freshly made bread, pastries, cakes, patisserie, salad etc every day. All hand baked on the premises using traditional methods and local produce as far a... read more

Famed bakery and patisserie - the short walk will make sure you've earned the fabulous cakes and pastries!

120 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Michelin-starred The Kitchin is an essential Edinburgh and Scottish dining experience. Celebrity chef Tom Kitchin uses French techniques on Scottish produce in refined, chic converted whisky wareho... read more

The Kitchin is an essential Edinburgh and Scottish dining experience. Celebrity chef Tom Kitchin uses French techniques on Scottish produce in refined, chic converted whisky warehouse. Make sure to... read more

Michelin starred restaurant from renowned Scottish chef Tom Tom Kitchin. High quality local Scottish produce. The seafood even comes from New Haven Harbour (the local harbour). Book ahead because t... read more

124 local Airbnb hosts recommend

City crowds getting a bit much? Be like generations of Edinburgh day-trippers: jump on the bus and head for Portobello Beach. There might not be donkey rides any more, but ’Porty’ still retains con... read more

One of Edinburgh's 2 beaches - head down for a walk along the promenade, whether sunny or rainy still worth a wander, picking up a coffee at The Beachhouse or drinksa and food at The Espy, The Dalr... read more

When the weather is playing ball, it is hard to beat Portobello Promenade for a family stroll. The beach is clean, so kids might want to get a bucket and spade. There are plenty of places to eat. I... read more

115 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Panda & Sons is a prohibition style bar that is accessible via, what looks like, a barber shop. The cocktails are creative and the food is of high quality, worth a visit if you can find it.

A hush hush speakeasy bar disguised by a vintage barber shop facade. The place has a creative and extensive cocktail menu.

Hidden behind a barber shop's facade reminiscent of prohibition days, you'll probably walk past it a couple of times before finding it. Great cocktails and a cool location. Definitely worth a visit.

112 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This is a favourite place to go for a treat. It really is an old Gardener's Cottage transformed into a tiny restaurant. They serve a 6 course taster menu using locally sourced Scottish ingredien... read more

Stone cottage in terraced gardens offering a communal set menu made using sustainable local produce. Friendly stuff, cozy atmosphere. There is a set menu of 7 courses that cost around £70. Wonderfu... read more

Specialises in seasonal cooking, the Gardener's Cottage stands out from the crowd for two reasons; the kitchen garden nestled beside one of Edinburgh’s busiest thoroughfares growing a variety of he... read more


La Favorita

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$$· 331-325 Leith Walk·Map·Hours·Website·

115 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Best Italian piazza in town. The award-winning La Favorita is one of the best pizzerias in Britain. With wood-fire oven cooked pizzas and gourmet pastas La Favorita is THE place in town to enjoy th... read more

Wood-fire oven cooked pizzas and gourmet pastas make La Favorita the place to enjoy the authentic taste of an Italian pizzeria. Also offers a home delivery service.

La Favorita – A very famous and lively Italian restaurant on Leith Walk who do the most amazing pizzas. They also do takeaway pizza and pasta. Recommend – Arancini and Primavera Pizza

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This is a great wee restaurant if you're in the area. It started off as a pop up restaurant during the festival, and was so successful, it now operates year-round. Just turn up and get seated at on... read more

Started off as a pop up restaurant during the festival, and was so successful, it now operates year-round. Get seated at one of the benches (it's not possible to get a private table or to book in a... read more

This is a great Thai spot just a short 12 minute stroll from the flat. Street food style means it's really cost effective and the communal bench seating makes for a buzzing atmosphere. You can't ... read more

114 local Airbnb hosts recommend

An excellent gastro pub with a twist - cocktails are served in china teapots with vintage cups and saucers. You can have your own 'Mad Hatter' experience - the pub is decorated with hats that are ... read more

The Roseleaf is an institution and a small but delightful gastro pub serving excellent food. Charming owners and staff, great cocktails and good selection of beers. Popular for boozy tea parties ... read more

A fun, cosy bar/cafe in the historic Port 'o Leith. They serve up wholesome brunches, lunches and dinners. Drinks include real ale and cocktails served in teapots. The bar is decorated with pre-lov... read more

103 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Filmhouse is an independent cinema and has an Art House selection of films. Cinema one is great although the seating could do with an upgrade, screen two and three are on the small side. It's ... read more

A genuinely great independent cinema that has an endless range of carefully chosen films. If you're a cineophile that loves to stretch yourself with forgotten classics, obscure foreign stuff, etc,... read more

Filmhouse is a world-class, three-screen independent cinema showing a wide range of films from all over the world, from quality crowd-pleasers and family films to esoteric arthouse works, via restored

103 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Bramble Bar & lounge is a great cocktail bar that is extremely hidden and is a great spot for a few drinks with friends. Located under the tailors, travel down the stairs on Queen Street and you w... read more

An intimate cocktail bar hidden down a steep set of stairs in a stylish subterranean Queen Street cellar.

You're spoilt for choice for hipster cocktail bars on Queen Street, but this place has stood the test of time. Candle-lit, speakeasy basement bar that plays good music (mostly hiphop). Easy to miss... read more

103 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This a gorgeous bar, with beautiful wood panels and mirrors. You can grab a bar snack, or choose to go to the fine restaurant next door, specialising in seafood. But the real treat here is the live... read more

It's in the loveliest part of Leith, at the Shore on the water with boats outside, you can sit and watch the sun go down, or stay inside the cosy pub, or book a seat in the posher restaurant area. ... read more

Great traditional pub with really nice hearty food. An open fire for the cold winter nights and a lovely aspect outside next to the river for the summer evenings! Also has regular live jazz nights ... read more

108 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Scott Monument is a Victorian Gothic monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It is the largest monument to a writer in the world. It stands in Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh, opposit... read more

The Scott Monument was built for Scottish author Sir Walter Scott and today is a great location for viewing Edinburgh from a great height. This is not one for those who are afraid of heights or co... read more

The Scott Monument was built for Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. Nowadays you can walk up the spiral staircases and view Edinburgh from new heights. This one is not for those who are scared of ... read more

97 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A Swedish bar with a wide drinks menu (including many kinds of Swedish cider), also serving Swedish food (think meatballs, herring, etc.). Also, they have a large beer garden that's great for peopl... read more

Joseph Pearce – A Scandinavian inspired bar on the corner of Montgomery Street and Elm Row. If its a sunny day it has loads of outdoor tables. They serve a good selection of beers and they make som... read more

Great atmosphere with a real mix of clientele. Good selection of drinks and a personal favourite for a Friday or Saturday night out. Boasts one of the best outside spots in Edinburgh for a warm s... read more

96 local Airbnb hosts recommend

There are good bars, restaurants and the cinema in this complex. It is right near the gay district too so it is always busy. Top tip - On Sundays between 9am to 1pm there are weekly carboot sales o... read more

The omni centre has an underground carpark and a multi screen cinema handy for rainy days(surely there cannot be many of them in Edinburgh!)There are also many franchise restaurants such as Nando a... read more

Omni centre is well worth a visit if you have a membership for Virgin Active gyms as well as another cinema venue and a whole host of bars and restaurants.

102 local Airbnb hosts recommend

An 82-acre (33 ha) non-profit zoological park in Edinburgh. Edinburgh Zoo was the first zoo in the world to house and to breed penguins. It is also the only zoo in Britain to house koalas and giant... read more

Edinburgh Zoo is a fantastic place to take the kids for the day. Visit the penguins, giant panda, koalas, birds, monkeys, tigers zebras and more! Don't miss the Penguin Parade - it's a firm favou... read more

Edinburgh Zoo is a fun destination where you can witness all the fascinating wonders of the animal kingdom. EZ is now home to the only giant pandas in the UK. The female is called Tian Tian (Sweet... read more

95 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Serving great cocktails in a historic setting. There’s an authentic 1930’s cocktail bar, a delightful, parasol-covered garden café and an elegant grill room beneath a spectacular cupola, with mosai... read more

The Dome is an iconic building originally built as the Commercial Bank of Scotland in 1847 and now hosts a exquisite range of bars and restaurants. The main bar are is situated under a neo-classica... read more

A MUST for visitors. This absolutely stunning bar set in 1930s decor will WOW you. Be sure to pop in for a cocktail, a vino or a coffee and prepare to take some pics to show your friends back hom... read more

104 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Edinburgh Playhouse is a former cinema in Edinburgh, Scotland which now hosts touring musicals and music concerts. Its capacity is 3,059, making it the UK's largest working non-sporting theatre in ... read more

Boasting over 3,000 seats, the Edinburgh Playhouse has the largest capacity of all theatres in the UK. It is particularly renowned for musical theatre and receives a constant flow of West End shows... read more

The UK's largest working theatre in terms of audience capacity (just over 3000!) There's a variety of plays and musicals shown here. Its used as a venue for the International Festival and the Fring... read more

87 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Cakes, cakes and more cakes! Mimi's is fabulous. A large selection of delicious cakes, traybakes plus a full breakfast and lunch menu. Breakfast highlights: Stornoway black pudding from the Isle... read more

The original Mimi's Bakehouse - a friend of mine's family creates THE most amazing home baked cakes and treats, along with other delicious goods. Great place to sit and chill out, located right on... read more

This place does amazing breakfasts and cakes, we think they are the best in our area! The veggie breakfast is exceptionally good! Make sure to book ahead because this place gets busy especially at ... read more

140 local Airbnb hosts recommend

There's not many cities in the world where the most popular street of shops has a view of a medieval castle, but Edinburgh's Princes Street does just that! It's unique in the sense that all the sho... read more

Well not really a shopping mall as opposed to the good old high street 'strip shops'. Shops, shops, shops and more shops. Ideal for retail therapy. Includes the likes of: Apple store, Levi's Jewe... read more

Brands List on the Princes Street *HMV- CD, DVD shop *Waterstones- Book shop *New Look (Retailers) *Build A Bear Workshop *Lush Spa *Levi's (Strauss) *River Island *Next *Russell & Bromley *AllSain... read more

88 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Kings Wark on The Shore is a typical “old wood” style pub from the outside but houses a top class “cosy” restaurant indoors. Booking is essential! Sunday “Scottish Breakfast” brunch is divine!!

Although a traditional pub - this place also does fantastic food including one of the finest breakfasts in Leith. One of the oldest pubs on the Shore it's a favourite for locals and visitors.

A classic shore bar with outdoor seating right on the water of Leith. Gastropub food, great ales, I recommend the fish & chips - but if you're feeling brave the haggis, neeps and tatties are the best!

89 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Scotland’s oldest Italian delicatessen and wine merchant - an Edinburgh institution run by Mary Contain & family. The place stocks delicious Italian deli produce, pastries, bread and wines and ther... read more

Scotland's oldest delicatessen and wine merchant. The deli offers home-baked bread, cakes and biscuits, and an extensive range of cheese, champagne, cookery books, coffee, tea, kitchenware, pasta, ... read more

Scotland's oldest Italian delicatessen& wine merchant - an Edinburgh instution run by Mary Contini & family with an awesome array of high quality produce and great caffe-restaurant serving deliciou... read more

83 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Many call this the best pizza in Edinburgh. Friendly, informal restaurant, also delivers within EH6 postcode.

Origano Pizzeria on Leith walk is an awesome pizza restaurant that I would highly recommend if you are looking for a nice meal during your time in Edinburgh. The service is good and the food even ... read more

The best pizzas around Leith! They are traditional stonebaked with tasty toppings. The four cheese garlic bread is a must for a starter and we usually share one large 16" pizza between us! You can ... read more

85 local Airbnb hosts recommend

At 820 ft, Arthur's Seat is the highest point in the 640-acre Holyrood Park. The spectacular sightseeing views from the top encompass the whole city all the way to the mouth of the Forth. (The easi... read more

While Arthur’s Seat is always worth climbing, there is much more to the park. A cliff edge walk along Salisbury Crags, or the more genteel Radical Road further down, offer similarly expansive vista... read more

Holyrood Park is a short walk from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in the heart of the city. It is a 640 acre Royal Park adjacent to Holyrood Palace. The parks highest point is Arthurs Seat, an ancient volc... read more

82 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great for cooked breakfast, coffee & cake and lunch. A great place to pick up organic fruit & veg, take away salads, cakes, bread too. Handily on route to the Botanic Garden!

Earthy is an organic, conscious, local café close to the Botanic Gardens. It also has an attached grocery shop with local products.



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$$· 159-161 Bruntsfield Pl·Map·Hours·Website·

85 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Montpeliers offers a cool atmosphere and delicious food. Sit outside and people-watch, or head indoors on colder evenings - the place to be in Bruntsfield!

Buzzing brasserie/bar with a range of craft beers and great meal deal offers.

Bustling, richly-decorated corner brasserie/bar with a range of craft beers plus Sunday brunch.