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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.
Botanical Garden
“A place to go for some much needed peace and quiet. Soup for the soul as they say...”
  • 564 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Wonderful setting, you can walk around the gardens before taking in an exhibition. Also has a great cafe.”
  • 343 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“A little bit of a walk from old town. Lunch and dinner. Must book. Famous chef”
  • 198 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Sunday morning walk along the river and grab a coffee and a pastrie at this farmers market. Expect a bustling atmosphere and lots of pedigree dogs on display. ”
  • 176 locals recommend
Speakeasy
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“A hidden speakeasy style underground bar, this awesome place looks like a barber shop from the outside but is a very quirky and cool bar once you get passed the bookcase door. Great cocktails and music. ”
  • 146 locals recommend
Bridge
“Our beautiful neighbourhood. A stones throw from the city centre but with a village feel. Tons of bars, restaurants, cafes and lovely walks along the river, Inverleith Park and the Botanical Gardens. Famous for the Sunday market, but a great place to hang out all week. ”
  • 155 locals recommend
Cemetery
“The Dean Village is a tranquil green oasis on the Water of Leith, only five minutes walk from Princes Street. In the past the village housed mills of various kinds, and the remnants of the industry can still be seen today. Look out for mill stones and carved stone plaques with baked bread and pies. Follow the walkway along the Water of Leith and you will come to the impressive Dean Bridge designed by Thomas Telford, and the classical temple of St Bernard’s Well. A short walk from the village is the Dean Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art. ”
  • 108 locals recommend
Park
“An oasis of green in the heart of Edinburgh, 5 minutes walk from the flat. At 54 acres, it is one of Scotland's largest urban parks. There is a boating pond on the south side of the Park incorporating an attractive wetlands water garden. Stunning views of the city skyline and Pentland Hills can be seen from above the pond. The park also features a children's play park, four tennis courts, a ball court for basketball and football, a petanque court and a running and fitness circuit.”
  • 87 locals recommend
Bar
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“Always guaranteed a great meal, no kids allowed but our regular treat meal out. ”
  • 69 locals recommend
Hotel
“The most popular place in the local area to grab a drink. High-end Gastropub-style vibe, good drinks selection, recently refurbished. Garden style seating out front, small rooftop terrace above and restaurant round the back past the bar. Comfortable place, gets very busy after 6pm especially on Fridays/Saturdays.”
  • 77 locals recommend
Nature
“City centre scenic footpath that follows a small waterway to Leith that you can walk along and it has lovely views. Can be very peaceful. ”
  • 72 locals recommend
Bar
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“A great spot for breakfast comfy sofas and a cosy atmosphere. Also a bar busy bar later .”
  • 67 locals recommend
Pub
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“Their vibe is welcoming and inviting - its always busy so get in early or book a table. Its dog friendly as well so expect gorgeous furry friends!”
  • 55 locals recommend
Pub
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“A place we frequent as a family often. Great for walks and a picnic on the island in the summertime. ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Pub
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“In a nice part of Edinburgh, at Stockbridge area, this Bar has one of the best cellar policy in Scotland. Their beers always in a fresh and top condition! Food avalaible and every Sunday at Stockbridge has a farmer’s market where you can buy fresh fishes, breads, cheeses, games and poultry and before you come home to cook have a good pint at Stockbridge Tap;)”
  • 37 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Scotland's national galleries are in Edinburgh, all have free, permanent, excellent exhibits - and nice cafes. ”
  • 21 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Gastropub
“A little bit of a walk from old town. Lunch and dinner. Must book. Famous chef”
  • 198 locals recommend
Bar
“A great spot for breakfast comfy sofas and a cosy atmosphere. Also a bar busy bar later .”
  • 67 locals recommend
Pub
“Their vibe is welcoming and inviting - its always busy so get in early or book a table. Its dog friendly as well so expect gorgeous furry friends!”
  • 55 locals recommend
Bar
“Bar Restaurant set in a 1843 church. A great selection of Whisky, Gin and Cocktails with a Scottish themed Menu.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Steakhouse
“This is a great steak restaurant - one of the best in Edinburgh. They also do a fantastic Sunday roast which you can book in advance, it is amazing! We recommend that you book a table if you want to go in the evening for dinner as it can be very busy. ”
  • 30 locals recommend
Bar
“Great bar in the West End with a beer garden. Ask for the week day offers! ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Pocket-sized restaurant in Stockbridge, with a reputation as one of the best places for Thai in Edinburgh. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Delightful French bistro on the doorstep of the flat. simply wooden floorboards, wood tables and candle light upstairs with simple french cooking. Downstairs is the wine bar with wonderful cheeseboards and charcuterie.”
  • 28 locals recommend

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