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An Independent Guide to Edinburgh

After you’ve taken a stroll along the cobbled streets, visited Edinburgh Castle and admired the 18th century architecture, it’s time to experience the historic city like a local. This is your independent guide to Edinburgh, from unique boutiques to foodie favourites.

Where to Shop in Edinburgh

Home to Edinburgh Fringe Festival - the world’s largest comedy and arts festival - the city is buzzing with a creative energy that shapes its offering of independent boutiques. These are the best stores to discover unique finds on Edinburgh’s shopping streets.

Independent Edinburgh boutique Curiouser & Curiouser brings you bold pops of colour, great design and some of Trouva’s most-loved brands, ranging from Bloomingville to Madam Stoltz.
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Looking for the perfect pair of jeans? Head to ALC, a womenswear store specialising in quality denim, and one of our favourite clothes shops in Edinburgh.
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Biscuit curates the best new-season fashion pieces from Danish brands such as Becksondergaard and Stella Nova.
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Eteaket is an innovative tea boutique offering an in-house range of delicious loose leaf teas. Plus, all the accessories from tea pots to portable thermos cups.
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Bon Tot is one Edinburgh's most popular kid’s shops, offering ethically produced children’s toys, nursing room accessories and kid’s clothing.
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Where to Stay in Edinburgh

Booking a hotel in Edinburgh’s city centre is a must if you want to get a real taste of local life in the Scottish capital. Here are three of the best.

Looking for a boutique hotel? Kimpton Charlotte Square, with its luxury spa to chic contemporary rooms, is the perfect place to begin your adventures.

Located in the building of a former publishing house, The Scotsman Hotel keeps the charm of this property alive with rooms where no two are alike. A legendary institute with a homey feel right in the heart of Edinburgh.

After something unique? It doesn’t get more memorable than staying on a luxury house boat. Relaxing and tranquil, this is the perfect place to unwind from an exciting day in the city.

Where to Eat in Edinburgh

Join Edinburgh’s creative minds and dine at some of the coolest spots to complete your day of exploring the city. These are our picks for the best restaurants in Edinburgh 2022…

This family-run restaurant serves up local, seasonal and ingredient-led dishes in a 19th century warehouse. Great food enjoyed in a rustic setting? Sounds like a recipe for success to us.

Aizle is an independent restaurant where everything is made in-house, from the Scottish cream butter that’s freshly churned each day to the speckled petit fours that complete the 6-course tasting menu.

For a real taste of cottagecore head to The Gardener's Cottage, and enjoy an ever-changing menu based on ingredients that are currently in season, locally sourced or grown in the restaurant’s very own kitchen garden.

Where to Drink in Edinburgh

From lively cocktail bars to rooftop bars with views overlooking the city, these are the best places to order a drink in Edinburgh

Rooftop bar lovers listen up: Cold Town House has your next sunny summer evening sorted. Try their own-brand brew and a freshly baked pizza at this restaurant with spectacular views of Edinburgh castle.

On the hunt for the best speciality coffee shops in Edinburgh? Let us introduce you to The Milkman, a quaint café that focuses on sustainability, supporting small businesses and - of course - really good coffee.

Brand-new opening Lilith’s Lounge is a decadent cocktail bar, complete with rich velvet interiors, retro floral wallpaper and lots of gold details. Escape the bustle of the city and let yourself be transported to a bygone era.

What to See in Edinburgh

Fancy a walk on the remains of a 350-million-year-old volcano? Head up to Arthur’s Seat to experience a place rich in legend and history, plus pretty great views of the city.

Any art fan has to add Jupiter Artland to their to-do list for a trip to Edinburgh. This contemporary sculpture park offers beautiful landscapes infused with ever-changing modern-art exhibitions.

Take a stroll along one of the world’s leading botanical gardens, with 70 acres of land for you to explore. Alongside all the most spectacular flora and fauna, you’re also guaranteed one of the best views of the city’s skyline. Trusted Site