Best things to do in Edinburgh

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Experiences you might enjoy

Here are some activities hosted by locals that would help you explore the city.

Locals’ favorite places

Here’s your definitive guide to the best parks, restaurants, landmarks and local spots, all according to locals

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1. Arthur's Seat
573local recommendations
Marisa
Marisa says “Holyrood Park is a short walk from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in the heart of the city. It is a 640 acre...” ·
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2. Cameo Picturehouse
38 Home St
139local recommendations
Pete
Pete says “Shows a mixture of independent small stuff alongside more mainstream releases. One of the oldest cin...” ·
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3. The Scran and Scallie
1 Comely Bank Rd
137local recommendations
Susan
Susan says “Michelin starred Tom Kitchin's gastropub in Stockbridge. Scottish produce and a nice wine list, eit...” ·
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4. Artisan Roast
57 Broughton St
126local recommendations
Kyra
Kyra says “Once upon a time Edinburgh's coffee scene was rubbish. Then Artisan Roast appeared and everything c...” ·
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5. Stockbridge Market
Saunders St
124local recommendations
Ian
Ian says “Only on on a Sunday, we head here if we aren't working. We always head to the Harujuku Kitchen for ...” ·
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6. The Manna House Bakery & Patisserie
22-24 Easter Rd
129local recommendations
Laura
Laura says “Possibly Edinburgh's best artisan bakery! Freshly made bread, pastries, cakes, patisserie, salad et...” ·
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7. The Kitchin
78 Commercial St
120local recommendations
Catherine
Catherine says “Michelin starred restaurant from renowned Scottish chef Tom Tom Kitchin. High quality local Scottish...” ·
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8. Portobello Beach
1 Promenade
124local recommendations
Mairi Anne
Mairi Anne says “When the weather is playing ball, it is hard to beat Portobello Promenade for a family stroll. The b...” ·
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9. Panda & Sons
79 Queen St
115local recommendations
Susan
Susan says “Hidden behind a barber shop's facade reminiscent of prohibition days, you'll probably walk past it a...” ·
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10. The Gardener's Cottage
London Rd
112local recommendations
Ian
Ian says “This is a favourite place to go for a treat. It really is an old Gardener's Cottage transformed in...” ·
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11. La Favorita
331-325 Leith Walk
115local recommendations
Sally
Sally says “Wood-fire oven cooked pizzas and gourmet pastas make La Favorita the place to enjoy the authentic ta...” ·
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12. Ting Thai Caravan
Teviot Pl
106local recommendations
Karen
Karen says “This is a great wee restaurant if you're in the area. It started off as a pop up restaurant during t...” ·
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13. Roseleaf bar cafe
23-24 Sandport Pl
114local recommendations
Julia
Julia says “The Roseleaf is an institution and a small but delightful gastro pub serving excellent food. Charmi...” ·
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14. Filmhouse
88 Lothian Rd
103local recommendations
Emma
Emma says “Filmhouse is a world-class, three-screen independent cinema showing a wide range of films from all o...” ·
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15. Bramble Bar & Lounge
16A Queen St
103local recommendations
Graeme
Graeme says “You're spoilt for choice for hipster cocktail bars on Queen Street, but this place has stood the tes...” ·
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16. The Shore Restaurant
3 Shore
103local recommendations
Christine And Neil
Christine And Neil says “This a gorgeous bar, with beautiful wood panels and mirrors. You can grab a bar snack, or choose to ...” ·
17. Scott Monument
108local recommendations
Graeme
Graeme says “The Scott Monument is a Victorian Gothic monument to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott. It is the lar...” ·
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18. Joseph Pearce
23 Elm Row
97local recommendations
Kasia & Pawel
Kasia & Pawel says “A Swedish bar with a wide drinks menu (including many kinds of Swedish cider), also serving Swedish ...” ·
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19. Omni Centre
Greenside Row
96local recommendations
James
James says “Omni centre is well worth a visit if you have a membership for Virgin Active gyms as well as another...” ·
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20. Edinburgh Zoo
134 Corstorphine Rd
102local recommendations
Lyndsey
Lyndsey says “An 82-acre (33 ha) non-profit zoological park in Edinburgh. Edinburgh Zoo was the first zoo in the w...” ·
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21. The Dome
14 George St
95local recommendations
Stewart
Stewart says “Serving great cocktails in a historic setting. There’s an authentic 1930’s cocktail bar, a delightfu...” ·
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22. Edinburgh Playhouse
18-22 Greenside Ln
104local recommendations
Laura
Laura says “The UK's largest working theatre in terms of audience capacity (just over 3000!) There's a variety o...” ·
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23. Mimi's Bakehouse
63 Shore
87local recommendations
Jamie & Laura
Jamie & Laura says “This place does amazing breakfasts and cakes, we think they are the best in our area! The veggie bre...” ·
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24. Princes Street
Princes St
140local recommendations
Lynn
Lynn says “Brands List on the Princes Street *HMV- CD, DVD shop *Waterstones- Book shop *New Look (Retailers) *...” ·
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25. The King's Wark
36 Shore
88local recommendations
Eric
Eric says “Kings Wark on The Shore is a typical “old wood” style pub from the outside but houses a top class ...” ·
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26. Valvona & Crolla
19 Elm Row
89local recommendations
Charlotte
Charlotte says “Scotland's oldest Italian delicatessen& wine merchant - an Edinburgh instution run by Mary Contini &...” ·
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27. Origano pizzeria
236 Leith Walk
83local recommendations
Jamie & Laura
Jamie & Laura says “The best pizzas around Leith! They are traditional stonebaked with tasty toppings. The four cheese g...” ·
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28. Holyrood Park
Queen's Dr
85local recommendations
Mairi Anne
Mairi Anne says “While Arthur’s Seat is always worth climbing, there is much more to the park. A cliff edge walk alon...” ·
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29. Earthy Canonmills
82local recommendations
Andra
Andra says “Earthy is an organic, conscious, local café close to the Botanic Gardens. It also has an attached gr...” ·
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30. Montpeliers
159-161 Bruntsfield Pl
85local recommendations
Gabriella
Gabriella says “Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Montpeliers offers a cool atmosphere and delicious food. Sit o...” ·