EAT DRINK VISITRESTAURANTS • Muang Thai, Hanover Street – great Thai and good value • The Standing Order, 62-66 George St – good place, good food, great value (cheap) • Iglu, Howe Street – good place, good food • Urban Angel, Hanover Street – great menu – won lots of awards as best small restaurant. Very modern and simple • The witchery, Old Town, Royal Mile – one of the most famous old restaurants. Very smart and expensive but worth it. Top for atmosphere and a sense of the Gothic • Abstract, Castle Terrace – very modern and smart but amazing food and cocktails. Not the most ‘fun’ place, but if you want a smart meal this is good • The living room, George Street – yummy food, quite smart but cosy – great for a relaxed dinner • A room in the Town, Howe Street – best place for Haggis. All food good and you can bring your own alcohol • For great views, try either Olloroso (smart Italian), Harvey Nichols 4th floor restaurant (expensive) or the Castle restaurant at the Museum of Scotland • Duck’s at le Marche Noir – tucked away on Eyre Place, exceptional food • Kitchin, Leith – on the coast of Edinburgh – Michelin starred and amazing • Mussels Inn, Rose Street – great mussels. Don’t serve much else! • Rick’s, Frederick Street – good food at great price. This place is always busy and has a great bar too. • Le Petite Folie, Frederick Street – great French food • Fishers Bistro, 1 The Shore, Leith – exceptional seafood, great atmosphere and great service. It is essential to book as this place is always busy; 0131 554 5666 • The Outsider, 15-16 George IV Bridge – good food, great cosy atmosphere and great views of the castle • The Tower, Chambers Street – exceptional Scottish food, relatively expensive but worth it • The Bon Vivant, 55 Thistle Street, EH2 1DY | Telephone: 0131 225 3275 – great food, great atmosphere, bites are only 1£!BARS • 99 Hanover Street – good bar and good cocktails, often live music (Hanover Street) • Le Monde, George Street – 6 themed rooms based on different countries • Hotel Missoni –the bar is fun • Tigerlily – very nice and fun bar. Restaurant is also good • Bramble, Queen Street – small boutique bar with exciting cocktails, especially the ice cream cocktails, like cookies and cream flavour! • Candy Bar, George Street – fun • Ricks (see above) • The Basement, Broughton street - nice cheap food and fun pub / bar • Black Bo’s (Bar), 57-61 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1NB – great little bar just round the corner from the flat. • The Waverly, 3-5 St Marys St – just opposite the flat, strange little place, with a very special and unique feel; the barman has had the pub for over 90 years!
PUBS • The Cumberland, Cumberland Street – nice outdoor garden. Food not so good but very traditional pub • Sheep’s Heid, 43-45 The Caseway, Duddingston – This is near Arthur’s seat. I strongly recommend you walk to this pub from the centre of Edinburgh. It will take you about 45 minutes - 1 hour, and the walk will take you around Arthur’s seat, and into the sweet little village of Duddingston. The Sheep’s Heid is a lovely pub, very quaint and traditional, with roaring log fires and a nice beer garden. The walk back is also beautiful • Grassmarket, Old Town – really lovely old part of Edinburgh with lots of sweet pubs and restaurants, and the coolest vintage shop (Armstrong’s). Definitely worth a visit • The Outhouse, down a passage way from Broughton Street – go under an archway and you come to a pub with good atmosphere.CLUBS • Lulu’s – under Tigerlily • Po Na Na – small Moroccan themed club. Cheesy music but fun • Opal lounge, George St – slightly smarter. • Studio 24 – they occasionally do some very good nights (all sorts of music) but not open every night. • Garibaldi’s, Hanover street – Mexican bar/ club – amazing cocktails that come in huge jugs. Always a fun crowd but not very big so can be quite cramped. • The Bongo Club, 37 Holyrood Road – a quaint little placeMUST SEE AND DOS • Dean Gallery • National Gallery • Gallery of Modern Art • Botanical Gardens • Museum of Scotland • Climb Arthur’s Seat • Shopping – George street, Grassmarket, Princess Street • Whisky drinking and haggis eating