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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.
Park
“You can see Calton Hill from the kitchen window. It’s a short steep climb but completely worth it for the amazing views over the city and the added bonus of the Observatory and a fine restaurant (booking advised). ”
  • 279 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“15 minutes away by bus this iconic building is a must for culture vultures! Come face to face with the people who shaped Scotland's past, present and future! Free admission.”
  • 214 locals recommend
Palace
“Official site for the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen in Scotland”
  • 190 locals recommend
Cemetery
“Calton Hill is one of Edinburgh's main hills, set right in the city centre. It is unmistakable with its Athenian acropolis poking above the skyline. ”
  • 206 locals recommend
Palace
“Official site for the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, the official residence of Her Majesty The Queen in Scotland”
  • 108 locals recommend
Theatre
“Large Theatre that has hosted major Broadway and West End Productions like The Lion King and The Book of Mormon.”
  • 113 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Incredible seasonal, regional eating experience involving tasting menus and communal dining. They do a pretty mean brunch too! Booking needed”
  • 153 locals recommend
Bakery
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“The Manna House, 3 minutes walk from the flat, is a wonderful artisan bakery with an on-site cafe, selling handmade breads, pastries and savoury bakes.”
  • 157 locals recommend
Bar
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“Swanky George Street bar, restaurant and tea room. Famous for its opulent interior and full-throttle approach to Christmas decor. ”
  • 144 locals recommend
Pub
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“Easy going, relaxed atmosphere with Swedish vibes. Great selection of drinks and cocktails. Open from mid morning till late so you can get all you meals there.”
  • 132 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! ”
  • 142 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Good cocktails & music. A happening place tucked out of the way of most tourists.... ”
  • 130 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
Bar
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“Its a bit further than The Mash Tun, but does some really great food from a tiny kitchen at the end of the bar. Its just a cool place to hand out and have a drink and some food. Not the over priced stuff you get in the very centre of Edinburgh and much more of a local hangout. If you cut through the shopping mall area, its only 5 mins walk from the flat, and on the way into town. ”
  • 85 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Cosy wine bar that serves a tasty selection of cheese and meats. Highly recommend.”
  • 93 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Incredible seasonal, regional eating experience involving tasting menus and communal dining. They do a pretty mean brunch too! Booking needed”
  • 153 locals recommend
Bakery
“The Manna House, 3 minutes walk from the flat, is a wonderful artisan bakery with an on-site cafe, selling handmade breads, pastries and savoury bakes.”
  • 157 locals recommend
Bar
“Swanky George Street bar, restaurant and tea room. Famous for its opulent interior and full-throttle approach to Christmas decor. ”
  • 144 locals recommend
Pub
“Easy going, relaxed atmosphere with Swedish vibes. Great selection of drinks and cocktails. Open from mid morning till late so you can get all you meals there.”
  • 132 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“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
Cocktail Bar
“Good cocktails & music. A happening place tucked out of the way of most tourists.... ”
  • 130 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“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
Bar
“In the shell of a derelict pub with a dark history in the heart of Leith, Edinburgh, 'The Lioness of Leith' opened as a bar/bistro in December 2013. 'Lioness Burgers' was born in early February 2018 out of the passion to deliver a real 'gourmet' burger menu to the locals of Leith. ”
  • 77 locals recommend

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