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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.
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“Historic landmark in the heart of Edinburgh, sitting on top of an extinct volcano. Steeped in history, the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny are on display. ”
  • 679 locals recommend
Mountain
“Walk up our ancient volcano situated in Holyrood Park to get a great view of the city. It's 241 metres high and steep in places, so you need good shoes! Combine with a visit to Holyrood Palace or Dynamic Earth.”
  • 916 locals recommend
Museum
“Ancient and modern history of Scotland spanning nature to politics. Vast collection - start at the top and work your way down if you prefer recent history (as I do) as you will need a lot of time to enjoy it all. 30 minutes walk from here.”
  • 582 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Free to visit . A lovely walk on a sunny day with warm tropical glasshouses when the weather is more typically Scottish. Regular special exhibitions, indoor and outdoor cafes and a must if you love trees and plants.”
  • 572 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Home to Scotland's outstanding collection of modern and contemporary art not to mention some beautifully sculpted grounds.”
  • 346 locals recommend
Park
“Great green space to walk around, sit and chill or pass through on the way to Summerhall”
  • 332 locals recommend
Park
“Calton hill is part of the World Heritage site and is beyond the east end of Princes Street. It is the perfect place for photography of views over the whole city and has often been used by painters to capture the city. The Scottish Parliament (an amazing modern building) and Holyrood Palace lie at the foot of the hill. On the hill are the National Monument, the Nelson Monument, the Robert Burns Monument and the City Observatory. ”
  • 288 locals recommend
Park
“Lots of high street shops including M&S, Zara, Frasers, Boots, Superdrug. Also good place to pick up souvenirs at tourist”
  • 211 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“We love this place. Great cafe and excellent collection. Lots of well-known Scottish public figures are captured in the portraits on display and the special exhibitions are always worth a view.”
  • 218 locals recommend
Park
“Lovely green space alongside our busiest shopping street. Has been a bit spoiled by overuse during the Christmas Market but still a great place to relax and have a city centre picnic. ”
  • 165 locals recommend
Palace
“Ten minutes walk from here. Interesting glimpse into Scottish and royal history & lovely gardens.”
  • 191 locals recommend
Garden
“Make sure you visit The Beach House for a glorious ice cream or warming hot chocolate and a fabulous piece of cake!”
  • 204 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“A modern gastropub opened by Michelin star restaurant The Kitchin offering menus showcasing Scottish Food. We personally have not been there but have heard amazing things about it!”
  • 198 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Find out how people could watch the world go by before CCTV. The old camera obscura is a fascinating experience enjoyable for children and adults.”
  • 165 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
“A working royal palace in the heart of Edinburgh - the Queen’s official private residence in Scotland Open Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday (Closed Tuesday and Wednesday) Opening times: 09.30-18.00 (last entry 16.30) Pre booking for tickets is required at Www.tickets.rct.uk Free multimedia guide”
  • 114 locals recommend

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Gastropub
“A modern gastropub opened by Michelin star restaurant The Kitchin offering menus showcasing Scottish Food. We personally have not been there but have heard amazing things about it!”
  • 198 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great for brunch/lunch/dinner - seats inside and outdoors in lovely garden. Not sure if bookings needed under new post-lockdown rules so take a look at gardenerscottage.co.uk”
  • 157 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
“one of the Edinburgh's most spectacular bars, in which all that remains is for James Bonds to ask for a Hectic martini, but you can also taste cocktails and Scottish beer. In the New Town. ”
  • 147 locals recommend
Pub
“Shabby-chic, cosy, livingroom style bar with a laid back atmosphere and bar food with a Swedish twist. A warm welcome awaits.”
  • 131 locals recommend
Scottish Restaurant
“High end eating in some style. Not sure how chef Tom Kitchin is handling this part of his restaurant business since lockdown but it is open and we absolutely love his food. The set lunch is a huge bargain compared with the a la carte evening menu. The quality is unbeatable so book ahead if you want to enjoy a very special experience here.”
  • 140 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Excellent and good value Thai restaurant walkable from the flat. Also available on Deliveroo.”
  • 146 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!”
  • 120 locals recommend

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