Have you ever arrived in a place and felt love at first sight?
At the risk of sounding cheesy, that’s how I felt driving into Edinburgh just as the last rays of sun sank below the horizon, painting the sandstone buildings an ombre of rosy gold.
The narrow cobblestone streets, hills and streams cutting through the city make it like something out of a fairy tale. I could spend days exploring all the nooks and crannies of Edinburgh. For such a small city, there’s a massive amount of art and history- I wish I had planned for more days to really see it all. See my recommendations at the bottom of this post!
The Bon Vivant - great food, great cocktails
The Kilted Lobster - fresh Scottish lobster!
El Cartel - same owners as the Bon Vivant, for when you need your taco fix
Lady Libertine - swanky lounge (also owned by Bon Vivant)
Stockbridge Market - Sunday street food market
Bullard & Worth - speakeasy vibes, delicious cocktails
Edinburgh Gin Distillery - pick up what you need in the gift shop, or remember to book a tour a month in advance
Eden Locke 127 - lovely spot for an afternoon tea
Princes Street Gardens
Calton Hill - Edinburgh’s favorite sunset spot
Arthur’s Seat - a wonderful hike with epic views of Edinburgh
Dean Village via Water of Leith Walk