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Guidebook for Edinburgh

Andre & Jim
Andre & Jim
Joined in 2012
Andre & Jim

Guidebook for Edinburgh

Food Scene
great bread and coffee with swedish theme
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Söderberg Bakery Shop
45 Broughton St
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great bread and coffee with swedish theme
Great French bistro food of excellent quality. The lunchtime set menu is a bargain!
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L'Escargot Bleu Restaurant
56 Broughton St
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Great French bistro food of excellent quality. The lunchtime set menu is a bargain!
Great steaks at this casual bar and restaurant
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The OX
49-51 London St
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Great steaks at this casual bar and restaurant
They speak mandarin with a Beijing accent, and make their own noodles on the premises. A great noodle fix.
Noodles And Dumplings
23 S Clerk St
They speak mandarin with a Beijing accent, and make their own noodles on the premises. A great noodle fix.
The best coffee in the neighbourhood, in a cosy and friendly place.
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Artisan Roast
57 Broughton St
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The best coffee in the neighbourhood, in a cosy and friendly place.
It's a beautiful Victorian bar, and an old fashioned steak and seafood restaurant attached. Old school but fun!
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Cafe Royal
19 W Register St
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It's a beautiful Victorian bar, and an old fashioned steak and seafood restaurant attached. Old school but fun!
You'll find lots of very grand banks along George Street that have been covered into bars, and this is our favourite. Excellent for drinks, lunches (simple and good price) and they have a lovely high tea service upstairs too.
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The Dome
14 George St
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You'll find lots of very grand banks along George Street that have been covered into bars, and this is our favourite. Excellent for drinks, lunches (simple and good price) and they have a lovely high tea service upstairs too.
A brilliant seafood restaurant.
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Fishers In The City
58 Thistle St
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A brilliant seafood restaurant.
The best bread we've found in Edinburgh. It's also a coffee shop.
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Twelve Triangles
90 Brunswick St
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The best bread we've found in Edinburgh. It's also a coffee shop.
Great value food with the best Scottish ingredients. Their lunch deal is well worth it.
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Howies Restaurant
29 Waterloo Pl
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Great value food with the best Scottish ingredients. Their lunch deal is well worth it.
Recommended by our vegetarian friends which the oldest vegan restaurant in town, they have 2 restaurant next to each other which one is vegetarian and the other vegan, don't ask us why
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Hendersons Vegan Restaurant
25c Thistle St
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Recommended by our vegetarian friends which the oldest vegan restaurant in town, they have 2 restaurant next to each other which one is vegetarian and the other vegan, don't ask us why
another vegetarian restaurant and if you feel like pizza and or pasta, worth to try according our vegan friends.
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Novapizza Vegan and Vegetarian Kitchen
42 Howe St
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another vegetarian restaurant and if you feel like pizza and or pasta, worth to try according our vegan friends.
It has a brilliant £12.95 two course lunch menu Monday - Friday. Great fresh Scottish ingredients are their speciality. Wise to book on their website.
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Howies Restaurant
10-14 Victoria St
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It has a brilliant £12.95 two course lunch menu Monday - Friday. Great fresh Scottish ingredients are their speciality. Wise to book on their website.
simple restaurant, great value lunches, same owner as Howie's downstairs.
Scotts Kitchen
4-6 Victoria St
simple restaurant, great value lunches, same owner as Howie's downstairs.
Great option for breakfast/brunch and lunch, fresh salads and sandwich to simple healthy main.
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Broughton Delicatessen
7 Barony St
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Great option for breakfast/brunch and lunch, fresh salads and sandwich to simple healthy main.
Cheap and cheerful Fish & Chips or local says Fish Supper (DO NOT take the sauce/brown sauce) to takeaway or eat-in including deep fried Mars Bar.
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Cafe Piccante
19 Broughton St
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Cheap and cheerful Fish & Chips or local says Fish Supper (DO NOT take the sauce/brown sauce) to takeaway or eat-in including deep fried Mars Bar.
Excellent steak house in trendy Leith. They also have a delicious Sunday roast lunch. There's another branch in the city centre, but we haven't tried that one yet.
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Chop House Leith
102 Constitution St
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Excellent steak house in trendy Leith. They also have a delicious Sunday roast lunch. There's another branch in the city centre, but we haven't tried that one yet.
Excellent pizza. Best in Edinburgh. They deliver too!
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La Favorita
331-325 Leith Walk
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Excellent pizza. Best in Edinburgh. They deliver too!
Great food, very good price, and constantly changing menu. It's small and simple, so booking is essential.
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The Walnut
9 Croall Pl
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Great food, very good price, and constantly changing menu. It's small and simple, so booking is essential.
It serving modern Scottish menu and last time we were there, the food are great. It just walking distance around 5 minutes walk from our flat. Booking highly recommended.
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Stac Polly
29-33 Dublin St
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It serving modern Scottish menu and last time we were there, the food are great. It just walking distance around 5 minutes walk from our flat. Booking highly recommended.
Very creative modern Scottish restaurant - a choice of two tasting menus, with or without wine pairing. Not cheap, but good value.
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Fhior
36 Broughton St
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Very creative modern Scottish restaurant - a choice of two tasting menus, with or without wine pairing. Not cheap, but good value.
Great Mexican (two branches)
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El Cartel
64 Thistle St
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Great Mexican (two branches)
Great Mexican (two branches)
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El Cartel
15-16 Teviot Pl
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Great Mexican (two branches)
Some of the best Chinese food we've found in Edinburgh. A tiny hole in the wall place, but the food's delicious and inexpensive - South West China mostly.
Lian Pu
14 Marshall St
Some of the best Chinese food we've found in Edinburgh. A tiny hole in the wall place, but the food's delicious and inexpensive - South West China mostly.
Big new place in the vaults of a converted bank. Trendy.
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Lady Libertine
25 W Register St
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Big new place in the vaults of a converted bank. Trendy.
Drinks & Nightlife
Our favourite local pub. It's a beautiful victorian bar with great food, and a selection of real ales and whisky.
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The Barony
81-85 Broughton St
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Our favourite local pub. It's a beautiful victorian bar with great food, and a selection of real ales and whisky.
A quiet neighbourhood bar in the New Town with a great garden for when the weather's good, and an impressive food and drink selection.
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The Cumberland Bar
1-3 Cumberland St
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A quiet neighbourhood bar in the New Town with a great garden for when the weather's good, and an impressive food and drink selection.
A huge range of beers, including Belgian style beer that they brew themselves. The food selection is pretty limited, though.
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Six Degrees North
24 Howe St
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A huge range of beers, including Belgian style beer that they brew themselves. The food selection is pretty limited, though.
run by Michelin star chef Tom Kitchen, this gastro pub showcases his nature to plate style. You'll need to book!
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The Scran and Scallie
1 Comely Bank Rd
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run by Michelin star chef Tom Kitchen, this gastro pub showcases his nature to plate style. You'll need to book!
Above the Cafe Royal, it's a trendy and beautiful cocktail bar that often has live music for free.
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The Voodoo Rooms
19a W Register St
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Above the Cafe Royal, it's a trendy and beautiful cocktail bar that often has live music for free.
If you can get a booking to one of their non-member whisky tastings, you'll find it a much more personal experience than some of the more commercial places near the castle. The ground floor restaurant is also open to non-members.
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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society
28 Queen St
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If you can get a booking to one of their non-member whisky tastings, you'll find it a much more personal experience than some of the more commercial places near the castle. The ground floor restaurant is also open to non-members.
simple, great jazz bar that's busy most evenings
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The Jazz Bar
1 Chambers St
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simple, great jazz bar that's busy most evenings
A beautiful, hidden, traditional bar. Nothing fancy, but great beer, whisky, people and atmosphere.
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Kay’s Bar
39 Jamaica St
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A beautiful, hidden, traditional bar. Nothing fancy, but great beer, whisky, people and atmosphere.
This small speakeasy draws influence from bars in Berlin and New York, with cocktails being stirred down more than they are shaken, service is personable, and the setting is suitably moody and comfortable. GREAT cocktails menu.
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Bullard & Worth
89 Rose St N Ln
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This small speakeasy draws influence from bars in Berlin and New York, with cocktails being stirred down more than they are shaken, service is personable, and the setting is suitably moody and comfortable. GREAT cocktails menu.
Easily miss this hip new basement bar on Queen Street. Externally there’s little to suggest the presence of the bar at all. The signage reads Panda & Sons Barbershop – there’s a charming bit of backstory about it being run by a family of pandas – but once inside and you’ll find yourself in a cool and quirky speakeasy- style space with walls of vintage books, old lamps, gramophones and other era-appropriate knickknacks adding to the atmosphere as well as some panda-themed artwork.
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Panda & Sons
79 Queen St
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Easily miss this hip new basement bar on Queen Street. Externally there’s little to suggest the presence of the bar at all. The signage reads Panda & Sons Barbershop – there’s a charming bit of backstory about it being run by a family of pandas – but once inside and you’ll find yourself in a cool and quirky speakeasy- style space with walls of vintage books, old lamps, gramophones and other era-appropriate knickknacks adding to the atmosphere as well as some panda-themed artwork.
small bar selling only beer from Edinburgh's award-winning Stewart Brewery. Our favourites are Edinburgh Gold and Cauld Reekie.
Stewart's Dockside Tap
38 Bernard St
small bar selling only beer from Edinburgh's award-winning Stewart Brewery. Our favourites are Edinburgh Gold and Cauld Reekie.
A great basement cocktail bar - all the beautiful people and lounge music too. Trust google maps, as they only have a small brass plaque on the door.
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Bramble Bar & Lounge
16A Queen St
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A great basement cocktail bar - all the beautiful people and lounge music too. Trust google maps, as they only have a small brass plaque on the door.
It's an expanding global chain, but they're from Scotland and the beer is great!
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BrewDog Edinburgh Cowgate
143 Cowgate
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It's an expanding global chain, but they're from Scotland and the beer is great!
A classic 'New Town' bar - posh boys and girls having loud fun, but recommended still!
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The Wally Dug
32 Northumberland St
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A classic 'New Town' bar - posh boys and girls having loud fun, but recommended still!
You have to look carefully to see that it's a bar - no name outside and painted black. It's a local institution, and has that rare thing - a beer garden!
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Starbar
1 Northumberland Place
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You have to look carefully to see that it's a bar - no name outside and painted black. It's a local institution, and has that rare thing - a beer garden!
A hidden local bar down a back lane, but with cheap drinks, good atmosphere and a big garden, it can be fun.
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The Outhouse
12A Broughton St Ln
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A hidden local bar down a back lane, but with cheap drinks, good atmosphere and a big garden, it can be fun.
It's our favourite place to drink in the Old Town. Slightly hidden down a quiet side street, it avoids the tourist crowds and has great real ales and craft beers (right hand entrance) and cheap and cheerful food (left hand entrance)
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Salt Horse Beer Shop & Bar
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It's our favourite place to drink in the Old Town. Slightly hidden down a quiet side street, it avoids the tourist crowds and has great real ales and craft beers (right hand entrance) and cheap and cheerful food (left hand entrance)
A long standing and relaxed gay / all friendly place. Big and with lots of food choices too.
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Regent Bar
2 Montrose Terrace
45
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A long standing and relaxed gay / all friendly place. Big and with lots of food choices too.
Sightseeing
you can't miss the castle, which dominates the centre of the Old Town
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Edinburgh Castle
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you can't miss the castle, which dominates the centre of the Old Town
A short walk up this city centre hill goes you a stunning view over the whole city, and down to the port of Leith.
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Calton Hill
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A short walk up this city centre hill goes you a stunning view over the whole city, and down to the port of Leith.
This extinct volcano sits on the edge of the city centre. Its about a 30 minute hike from the parliament and Holyrood Palace to the top. Not too difficult, and the view is astounding. Wrap up warm!
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Arthur's Seat
920
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This extinct volcano sits on the edge of the city centre. Its about a 30 minute hike from the parliament and Holyrood Palace to the top. Not too difficult, and the view is astounding. Wrap up warm!
A beautiful walk alongside the river takes you to Dean Village. It feels like you're in somewhere many miles from the centre of the city.
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Dean Village
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A beautiful walk alongside the river takes you to Dean Village. It feels like you're in somewhere many miles from the centre of the city.
Edinburgh's port district has gone through a transformation over the last few years, with restaurants and creative businesses making it a lively part of the city for everyone to enjoy.
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Leith
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Edinburgh's port district has gone through a transformation over the last few years, with restaurants and creative businesses making it a lively part of the city for everyone to enjoy.
The Queen's private ocean liner, retired more than 20 years ago, now a tourist attraction in trendy Leith
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Royal Yacht Britannia
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The Queen's private ocean liner, retired more than 20 years ago, now a tourist attraction in trendy Leith
It's outside from Edinburgh but only takes you 30 minutes by train and you will see great beach side with lots of nice cafe and restaurant
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North Berwick
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It's outside from Edinburgh but only takes you 30 minutes by train and you will see great beach side with lots of nice cafe and restaurant
A beautiful and historic small town by the River Tay in Perthshire. It's just on the edge of the Highlands and the views are really impressive. There is plenty to see in the town and pubs by the river for a lovely lunch - there are also plenty of walking routes if you're feeling more ambitious. It's easily accessible by train, but you'll need to book in advance (the day before is fine) to get the best fares and plan your times carefully, as the trains are not that frequent.
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Dunkeld
18
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A beautiful and historic small town by the River Tay in Perthshire. It's just on the edge of the Highlands and the views are really impressive. There is plenty to see in the town and pubs by the river for a lovely lunch - there are also plenty of walking routes if you're feeling more ambitious. It's easily accessible by train, but you'll need to book in advance (the day before is fine) to get the best fares and plan your times carefully, as the trains are not that frequent.
Arts & Culture
just around the corner from the house, an amazing collection of Scottish portraits through the ages.
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Scottish National Portrait Gallery
1 Queen St
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just around the corner from the house, an amazing collection of Scottish portraits through the ages.
Everything from the history of Scotland's people to science and engineering, all in one beautiful building. The roof terrace is quite difficult to find, but is a secret view point that's worth the effort to hunt out!
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National Museum of Scotland
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Everything from the history of Scotland's people to science and engineering, all in one beautiful building. The roof terrace is quite difficult to find, but is a secret view point that's worth the effort to hunt out!
Modern One and Modern Two are housed in beautiful former schools, and it's a lovely walk through the New Town or along the river.
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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One)
75 Belford Rd
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Modern One and Modern Two are housed in beautiful former schools, and it's a lovely walk through the New Town or along the river.
the National Gallery has a fantastic permanent collection, much of it from the 18th century when Edinburgh was a centre of enlightenment thinking. There are also regular contemporary exhibitions, and a very good cafe in the underground extension, with a view over Princes Street Gardens.
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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One)
75 Belford Rd
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the National Gallery has a fantastic permanent collection, much of it from the 18th century when Edinburgh was a centre of enlightenment thinking. There are also regular contemporary exhibitions, and a very good cafe in the underground extension, with a view over Princes Street Gardens.
Edinburgh's best gallery of contemporary arts, with regular changing exhibitions and a very nice cafe. It's right next to the station, so a handy spot to meet people arriving.
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The Fruitmarket Gallery
45 Market St
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Edinburgh's best gallery of contemporary arts, with regular changing exhibitions and a very nice cafe. It's right next to the station, so a handy spot to meet people arriving.
This independent arts centre hosts some of the most exciting work in August's Edinburgh Fringe, but it's also a year round venue, featuring an onsite pub and gin distillery.
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Summerhall
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This independent arts centre hosts some of the most exciting work in August's Edinburgh Fringe, but it's also a year round venue, featuring an onsite pub and gin distillery.
Scotland's theatre that specialises in new writing, operating year round but also a major venue during the Fringe Festival in August
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Traverse Theatre
10 Cambridge St
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Scotland's theatre that specialises in new writing, operating year round but also a major venue during the Fringe Festival in August
A 2,000 seat theatre that's one of the main venues for the International Festival
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Festival Theatre
13-29 Nicolson St
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A 2,000 seat theatre that's one of the main venues for the International Festival
Edinburgh's main concert hall, showcasing classical music during the International Festival, bit everything from rock concerts to Chinese New Year celebrations for the rest of the year.
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The Usher Hall
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Edinburgh's main concert hall, showcasing classical music during the International Festival, bit everything from rock concerts to Chinese New Year celebrations for the rest of the year.
Historic Theatre used by the International Festival
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King's Theatre
2 Leven St
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Historic Theatre used by the International Festival
Director David Greig overseas the beautiful Lyceum Theatre, gaining a reputation for producing and presenting an eclectic mix of work from Scotland and around the world.
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The Lyceum
30b Grindlay St
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Director David Greig overseas the beautiful Lyceum Theatre, gaining a reputation for producing and presenting an eclectic mix of work from Scotland and around the world.
Essentials
Closest (3 minutes walk) mini supermarket but you will get the essential there. Great thing that they open till midnight.
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Tesco Express
8 Picardy Pl
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Closest (3 minutes walk) mini supermarket but you will get the essential there. Great thing that they open till midnight.
Very good selection of organic and natural food which even closer from ours (2 minutes walk)
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Real Foods
37 Broughton St
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Very good selection of organic and natural food which even closer from ours (2 minutes walk)
Shopping
Street full of shops from clothing to beauty products. Our suggestion if Princess street bit too overwhelmed with people walks, take the street behind it, Rose lane which normally quieter and bearable to walk. Also full of restaurant and pubs after shop tip drop. We didn't go many restaurant there but if you craving Japanese ramen, Hakataya in 120 Rose St South Lane are pretty good.
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Princes Street
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Street full of shops from clothing to beauty products. Our suggestion if Princess street bit too overwhelmed with people walks, take the street behind it, Rose lane which normally quieter and bearable to walk. Also full of restaurant and pubs after shop tip drop. We didn't go many restaurant there but if you craving Japanese ramen, Hakataya in 120 Rose St South Lane are pretty good.
It's the biggest Tesco around the city centre
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Tesco Superstore
7 Broughton Rd
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It's the biggest Tesco around the city centre
Lidl is always good value food shopping, and this is a new, large branch near us
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Lidl
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Lidl is always good value food shopping, and this is a new, large branch near us
Parks & Nature
This is the private garden for residents in the area. It's our dogs favourite place, where they can roam off lead and hang out with their doggy mates. Let us know if you want to join us for a walk!
Queen Street Gardens East
This is the private garden for residents in the area. It's our dogs favourite place, where they can roam off lead and hang out with their doggy mates. Let us know if you want to join us for a walk!