8 Tips To Have A Dreamy Vacation In Edinburgh


The gorgeous city of Edinburgh is teeming with history and new-wave gastronomy. We have your must-do guide for mixing the old and new in Scottland’s capital. So whether you’re in town for the famed Edinburgh Fringe theater festival or just exploring, here’s what to do in the city.

1. Explore Nearby Castles

Edinburgh is filled with historic buildings, but the Edinburgh Castle at the top of the hill is an absolute must. At the end of the summer festival season, the city puts on a fireworks display over the stone walls.

2. Sip A Cuppa

If you’re into coffee culture, Artisan Roast preps its beans right on site for the perfect pour. Artisan gets the credit for kicking off the third wave coffee renaissance in Edinburgh, but there are numerous stylish spots to get your caffeine fix in the city. For tea, check out Roseleaf Bar Cafe’s “pot-tails.” The adorable drinks are mixes of tea, juice, and your choice of alcohol, served in patterned tea pots.

3. Shop Along A Cobblestone Lane

There’s a plethora of charming shopping spots in the city. The Royal Mile is the tourist hot spot in the Old Town, while Princes Street is the New Town hot spot. But our favorite stretch is Victoria Street for the colorful storefronts below gorgeous stone homes.

4. Dine On Pub Food

The Scran & Scallie Public House With Dining elevates traditional pub fare to hipster perfection — the spot got a nod this year from Michelin for “excellent food at moderate prices.” You’ll find Scottish staples like fish and chips, as well as fresher dishes like vegetable risotto. For a traditional Scottish breakfast, hit The King’s Wark (right on the water!). It’s an Edinburgh fave, with dishes served on blue cornflower plates. And don’t worry, it’s not just beans and haggis. You can find eggs and avocado on the brunch menu.

5. Take A Stroll

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The top of Arthur’s Seat is one of the best views in Edinburgh you’ll find in the city. It’s an ancient volcano (yes, in the middle of Scotland). It will take you a leisurely two hours to reach the summit. If you’d rather not head uphill, try the wide open green space of Edinburgh University’s Meadows for a little break from the buzz of the Old Town.

6. Sample A Dram Of Whisky

A dram is essentially a wee bit of alcohol. So to sample the Scottish specialty, try The Black Cat between the Old and New Towns or The Albanach for a local selection. Cheers!