Local Recommendations

We want to share a few of the places we love in Edinburgh with you to help you make the most of your stay. From excellent popular restaurants, to little known hidden gems, we hope you like them too. For more ideas, take a look at our Pinterest boards for images from around Edinburgh. Also take a look at our Twitter feed and follow us for up to the minute news about what is happening in Edinburgh.


Breakfast or Brunch

Urban Angel on Hanover Street

Centotre just around the corner on George Street

Toast – A taxi ride away to Marchmont, enjoy a walk through the Meadows after your brunch

Scottish Café at the National Gallery



Social Bite on Rose St, just of Castle St

Roses in Princes Street garden

Roses in Princes Street garden

Urban Angel again

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery on Queen Street

Scottish Café @ Scottish National Gallery on The Mound

Terrace Café at Royal Botanical Gardens Edinburgh

Edinburgh Larder Bistro



Afternoon Tea


Rhubarb at Pretonfields, perfect for a special occasion and a sense of grandeur


Casual coffee & cake

Museum of Modern Art, National Portrait Gallery & Scottish National Gallery

Patisserie Valerie on Rose Street




Casual dinner:

The Shore pub on the shore in Leith (a taxi ride away)

Fishers in the City, a short walk to Thistle Street

Kalpna, Vegetarian Indian restaurant on Nicholson Street which is a 15 minute walk or short taxi ride.

The Outsider, Bistro on George IV Bridge

Strada on Castle St.

Edinburgh Larder Bistro

Angels with Bagpipes

The Grain Store

Café St Honoré




Special occasion

The Honours, conveniently located just across the road!

The Witchery near the gates to the castle

Harvey Nichols Forth Floor


Want to really impress?

Rhubarb at Prestonfields for its grandeur and sense of occasion


A good glass of wine

Divino Enotica – under George IV bridge, access from Candlemaker Row

Le Devin – through Charlotte Sq. onto Randolph Place.

Bon Vivant’s




Hotel Missoni

Harvey Nichols Forth Floor Bar



Best Coffee in Town

Artisan Roast on Broughton Street

Peters yard (good pastries and bread too!) Stockbridge or Quartermile at the Meadows


Tired of eating out?


The Dusit, Thistle Street (Thai)

Ruan Siam (Thai), they deliver.

The Spice Pavillion, Dundas Street

For Pizza pop into Strada on Castle St and Centotre on George st, gluten free options available.



Co-op on Frederick Street is the nearest convenience store or newsagent on Castle St.

Sainsbury’s, Rose Street and Stockbridge

Post office, Frederick Street

Edinburgh Farmers Market – Every Saturday 8am-2pm, Castle Terrace

Stockbridge Farmers Market – Every Sunday 10am-5pm, Saunders St. Stockbridge

Bon Vivant’s companion – Wine shop, Thistle Street


What not to leave Edinburgh without seeing

Arthurs seat – This website will provide information on various parks and walks in and around Edinburgh

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Royal Botanical Gardens

National Museum on Chambers St

Camera Obscura

Holyrood Palace

The bus tours are a great way to see the city and get your barings, start from Waverley Bridge

Literary Pub tour

Relax in the Sheraton Spa before you leave – £30 for use of the Spa for a day. Fantastic Hydro-Spa facilities including huge rooftop Jacuzzi.

Dominion Cinema – a fantastic, family run luxury cinema. Worth the trip if you want a night at the pictures.

Scottish Ballet – several times a year you can find the excellent company at one of Edinburgh’s theatres.

Or simply take a stroll through the beautiful Princes Street Gardens under the shadow of Edinburgh Castle


Further afield

Day trip:

Gullane Beach

Abbotsford – The home of Sir Walter Scott in Melrose

Callander to enjoy a walk or bike ride then top up at the MHOR café before returning to Edinburgh

Gullane Beach & Falko café

Roslyn Chapel

Pitlochry & House of Bruar

The Hermitage just north of Dunkeld

If you want to explore Scotland more, our friends over at the award-winning Haggis Adventures are a wonderful and exciting way to see the country. They run tours year round with a bunch of different themes and come highly recommended.


Places to stay in Scotland

If you plan to extend your visit in Scotland, we can recommend the following self-catering cottages for a peaceful stay:

Highlands – Callekille near Applecross on the north west coast of Scotland

Aberdeenshire – Crovie Cottage, Crovie, Banff

Isle of Skye – The Longhouse, Tokavaig and across the road another lovely house is the Skye Long House


Wool accessories for your home

All knitted/crocheted items around the apartment are hand knitted and are made to order. If you would like something for your own home, contact us for more information.

Cushions £30

Blankets £85

Bowls £15 small £20 large