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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.
Jazz Club
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“Live jazz, acoustic music and cocktails served up in a bustling basement space. ”
  • 105 locals recommend
Theatre
“Standing in Edinburgh's longest continuous theatre site, This theatre offers a variety of world-class productions from across all art forms. Walk there in 30 mins or bus in 10 mins.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“The hipster student cafe in a deconstructivist space is a stalwart. It's a bit pricey but quality is good and always with vegan options”
  • 65 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
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“For something a bit spicier, Mother India is a 15 minute walk or short taxi journey away from the Edinburgh city centre. It serves Indian food, tapas style and is a local favourite!”
  • 63 locals recommend
Pub
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“A traditional pub with a cosy, couthie atmosphere and some great music sessions where everyone gets involved singing along. Sometimes hard to squeeze in to get to the bar but a good place for a malt whisky or Edinburgh Pale Ale.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
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“It's the Pakistani hole in the wall that is so delicious the locals know it super well. Good prices too. Halal”
  • 31 locals recommend
Pub
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“This tiny pub has live music every day throughout the afternoon and evening, and the bar man has even been known to whip out a fiddle from behind the bar and join in with a tune!”
  • 30 locals recommend
Bar
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“Dive into the old city of Edinburgh, spacious pub with excellent live music, many concerts”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bus Stop
“The Cowgate is right in the heart of old Edinburgh very close to Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile and Palace. You will find many pubs, clubs and bars here bustling with people especially in the summer and during the Edinburgh festival in August. A must place to go and visit whilst visiting Edinburgh!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Academic University Building
“Beautiful historic building houses some great contemporary art. Free and worth a visit if in the area. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
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“One of my favourite bars in Edinburgh. Serves a great selection of beers and gin. Serves great food until late (~3am). ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This noodle bar makes it onto our list because it just serves amazing noodle-y food. Very quick service, but don't be surprised if you get your main course before your starter - just part of the quirkiness of the place. 2 course meal for 2 with beer around £21.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Event Space
“Check out a gig or club night at The Caves - a distinctly Edinburgh venue made up of a substructure of the 18th century South Bridge.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Pub
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“Bannermans Bar is Edinburgh's premier music venue, located in the heart of the city. Hosting bands and solo artists six nights a week, dedicated to bringing you the very best in up-and-coming local talent, rising national stars and famous acts from around the world. Every genre of music is welcome. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and always happy to help out with any of your requirements or needs, so if you're simply grabbing a quiet pint in the afternoon, having a big night out, playing or putting on your first gig, or even just curious, go and check this place out – you won’t be disappointed!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Premise
“The Old College is the oldest building of the University of Edinburgh. You can go inside for free.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bakery
“Ideal if you have to eat something quickly during a walk in the city centre. Very nice filled rolls, the spinach one is a must try!”
  • 6 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Coffee Shop
“The hipster student cafe in a deconstructivist space is a stalwart. It's a bit pricey but quality is good and always with vegan options”
  • 65 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
“For something a bit spicier, Mother India is a 15 minute walk or short taxi journey away from the Edinburgh city centre. It serves Indian food, tapas style and is a local favourite!”
  • 63 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
“It's the Pakistani hole in the wall that is so delicious the locals know it super well. Good prices too. Halal”
  • 31 locals recommend
Bar
“One of my favourite bars in Edinburgh. Serves a great selection of beers and gin. Serves great food until late (~3am). ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This noodle bar makes it onto our list because it just serves amazing noodle-y food. Very quick service, but don't be surprised if you get your main course before your starter - just part of the quirkiness of the place. 2 course meal for 2 with beer around £21.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Great Italian - and the best ice-cream you'll ever eat. Seriously, they've won awards for it.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Great value everything establishment – coffee lounge, bar, cocktail bar and restaurant – great value and 25% student discounts for most people!!!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Grocery Store
“Smaller Tesco that closes as midnight. Keep in mind alcohol is only sold until 10pm.”
  • 11 locals recommend

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