Things To Do in Edinburgh

Where to Shop

Princes Street is worth wandering along for fine views of the castle and Old Town. It is also home to high-street brands like the Apple Store, Marks and Spencer, Primark and Dr Martens.

Princes Street Gardens holds seasonal markets including the popular German Christmas Market.

Edinburgh Farmers’ Market is held every Saturday in Castle Terrace.

Waverley Market has a wide variety of shops and food outlets, including Game, New Look, The Whisky Shop, and The Body Shop.

Head down Multrees Walk for luxury shopping including Scotland’s only Harvey Nichols and Louis Vuitton stores.

Where To Eat

Hawksmoor Edinburgh is a treat for gourmets and lovers of fine buildings. Here you can enjoy fine British cuisine in the stunning former National Bank of Scotland Banking Hall.

If you have trouble choosing what to eat from any menu, Aizle is right up your street. You cross off the ingredients you don’t like from a list and the chef creates a meal for you. Simple!

For somewhere to sample fine Scottish food in Edinburgh, head to Makars Gourmet Mash Bar. You have a choice of mashed potatoes with toppings such as chicken, haggis and lamb. There’s also a classy selection of Scottish whisky.

Book a table at Scott’s on Princes Streets for fabulous views towards the castle and the Scott Monument. The food is classic Scottish with modern twists. There’s also an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet with porridge oats, Scotch pancakes, haggis and tattie scones.

You may not thank us for this but we have to share where to get the best deep-fried Mars Bar in Edinburgh. For us, the best place is the Clamshell in the city centre. Plus they have great meal deals for pizzas and kebabs. The fish and chips are pretty amazing too.

Going Out

If you fancy a wee dram while in Edinburgh, visit Contini Cannonball Bar which has a huge selection of fine malt whiskies. It’s so named because of the cannonball shot lodged in the wall facing the castle.

Paradise Palms is beyond cool. There’s a fabulous cocktail menu with some stunning originals plus award-winning vegan and vegetarian food. It’s also a record label and hosts cool live events.

The Jazz Bar has been described as the perfect Edinburgh speakeasy and we think this sums it up nicely. The audience ranges from students to grandparents, the music is jazz, funk, soul, blues and roots. And the atmosphere is modern and upbeat.

Finnegan’s Wake is a first-rate Irish bar in the heart of Edinburgh. With live music every night and live sport, this is a bouncing late-night bar with plenty going on.

For a unique experience that you’re bound to want to tell all your friends, make sure you spend an evening at Frankenstein Edinburgh. You get to drink in a Frankenstein-themed bar and bier keller in a 150-year-old Gothic church. Black is always on-trend here!

What To Do

The top attraction in Scotland is Edinburgh Castle sitting on top of an extinct volcano. At the top of the Royal Mile, the castle is where you’ll see the fabulous Grand Hall and Scotland’s Crown Jewels including the Stone of Destiny.

You can only visit the Blair Street Underground Vaults by guided tour but it’s worth it for the tales of ghosts and mysteries of Old Edinburgh.

The Edinburgh Dungeon is another must-visit for anyone interested in Edinburgh’s historic stories including those infamous serial killers Burke and Hare.

Edinburgh’s oldest visitor attraction is the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions filled with tricks, puzzles and a magical maze to keep you entertained.

The National Museum of Scotland gives a great insight into the natural world, world treasures and cultures.

Some of the world’s finest art by the likes of Monet, Raphael and Rembrandt are on display at the Scottish National Gallery.

Climb the 287 steps for breathtaking views of Edinburgh and the countryside when you head up to the Scott Monument commemorating Sir Walter Scott.

You can take a look inside The Queen’s official Scottish residence, the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

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