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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.
Entertainment
“Must visit! If you don't have time to go inside, try and still visit up to the entrance to get the views of Edinburgh. ”
  • 671 locals recommend
  • 24 Experiences
Museum
“This building is a mixture of old and new architecture. A great way to spend the afternoon with existing and visiting exhibitions. Don't forget to look up the ceiling is a sight for sore eyes. ”
  • 575 locals recommend
  • 5 Experiences
Mountain
“Blow away the cobwebs and join in with a traditional Sunday walk up Arthur's Seat . You will have a bird's eye view over the beautiful city.”
  • 889 locals recommend
  • 9 Experiences
Botanical Garden
“A place to go for some much needed peace and quiet. Soup for the soul as they say...”
  • 564 locals recommend
  • 3 Experiences
Art Gallery
“Wonderful setting, you can walk around the gardens before taking in an exhibition. Also has a great cafe.”
  • 343 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Park
“Lots of high street shops including M&S, Zara, Frasers, Boots, Superdrug. Also good place to pick up souvenirs at tourist”
  • 214 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Park
“Great for a stroll or if your feeling energetic a game of tennis or play with the kids in the park. ”
  • 329 locals recommend
  • 3 Experiences
Park
“Has a beautiful view to whole city and its near my flat and its near all attractions! Sunset is must see from here. ”
  • 267 locals recommend
  • 13 Experiences
Art Gallery
“Amazing building. Do not forget your camera! Free entrance from 10am - 5 pm.”
  • 216 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful gardens between the Old Town and New Town and split in two by the Mound. Free admission most of the day. Do not miss: -Scott Monument: climb the 287 steps to the top for a super view of the city. - West End Churches: St John´s Church worth visiting for its fine gotic and St Cuthbert´s Parish Church - Floral Clock during the summer is displayed. ”
  • 163 locals recommend
Palace
“The Queen's official residence in Edinburgh and the home of Scottish royal history. Open throughout the year, the Palace of Holyroodhouse stands at the end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile, with beautiful views of Arthur's Seat. ”
  • 191 locals recommend
Garden
“Just a short bus ride from the city, Portobello has a wonderful beach. Take a walk along the beach, have a pint in the Espy, get a Luca's ice-cream, go to the arcades, or just enjoy the spectacular views of the Forth.”
  • 197 locals recommend
  • 4 Experiences
Science Museum
“Very fun! Whether you have kids or you're a big kid yourself, it's very fun if the weather in Edinburgh isn't great. Also located next the Castle. ”
  • 154 locals recommend
Gastropub
$$$
“A little bit of a walk from old town. Lunch and dinner. Must book. Famous chef”
  • 198 locals recommend
Palace
“This is the official residence of Queen Elizabeth II when she is in Scotland, you can visit the palace, gardens and see the abbey ruins. From time to time there are special events and exhibitions, e.g. Russia, Royalty and the Romanovs (Friday, 21 Jun 2019 - Sunday, 3 Nov 2019) ”
  • 107 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Theatre
“The Edinburgh Playhouse has a number of quality theatre productions showing throughout the year. ”
  • 114 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Gastropub
“A little bit of a walk from old town. Lunch and dinner. Must book. Famous chef”
  • 198 locals recommend
Bakery
“Our favourite place for breakfast, you can ask for typical bacon and egg roll ;) delicious:) ”
  • 159 locals recommend
Bar
“Amazing pub and restaurant. It is worth a visit to have a look at its dome.”
  • 144 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Incredible seasonal, regional eating experience involving tasting menus and communal dining. They do a pretty mean brunch too! Booking needed”
  • 153 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“Omg omg, just fantastic place to eat, quick and super tasty, reasonably priced too! Be prepared to share your space to others- this ia not a fancy restaurant ”
  • 143 locals recommend
Pub
“Shabby chic in style, this popular bar is relaxed and serves a wide variety of drinks as well as food. - Elm Row SPECIAL DIETS Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options MEALS Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks CUISINES Bar, European, Pub FEATURES Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service, Wheelchair Accessible”
  • 132 locals recommend
Scottish Restaurant
“Another foodies’ treat,by The Shore.There’s also a lovely bar,if you’d just like a drink.The cocktails are impressive!”
  • 138 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!”
  • 118 locals recommend

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