Edinburgh City Area
Michelin Starred Restaurants in Edinburgh
78 Commercial Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6LX
Tel: 0131 555 1755
Chef Tom Kitchin fills his menu with only the very best local ingredients, providing each diner with a map showing where exactly their food came from. The Edinburgh native, who got his start as an apprentice at Gleneagles never fails to deliver a truly special dining experience in his cosy restaurant on the shore.
3 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5AB
Tel: (UK) 0845 22 21212 Tel: (Int.) +44 (0)131 523
This elegant restaurant serves up beautifully crafted French cuisine, paired with delicious wines and set in the elegant surroundings of a historic Georgian townhouse. Paul Kitching is known as one of the UK's most prestigious chefs
Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ
Tel: 0131 557 6727
Restaurant Martin Wishart
54 The shore Edinburgh
Certainly one of the most talked about restaurants in town, mainly due to its Michelin star rating, and as such its reputation as a sublime dining experience. Located in Leith on the shore - bookings always necessary!
Tel: 0131 229 1222
Sister restaurant to the already successful and Michelin starred Kitchin in Leith - Tom Kitchin's in-town offering has already been given a Michelin rising star award. The menu follows a similar 'nature to plate' philosophy - for a less pricey experience try the great set lunch menu.
Tel: 0131 220 1208
With our new credit crunch lifestyles this is difficult to beat - good hearty food, bustling contemporary style and a bill that won't break the bank. Always rammed so book ahead. The Dogs is situated on Hanover Street.
Angels With Bagpipes
343 High St Royal Mile Edinburgh EH1 1PW
Tel: +44(0) 131 220 1111
This city centre restaurant may make you think differently about Scottish cuisine. Forget about chippies and deep-fried Mars bars, Scottish food means fresh Orkney sirloin, hearty fish pie and stone bass farfalle. These are just some of the mouth-watering dishes you'll have to choose from.
Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2NF
Tel: 0131 225 5613
An iconic Edinburgh institution, The Witchery is more than just a restaurant – it's a quintessential Edinburgh experience. Right next to the Castle, tucked below the Royal Mile cobblestones, this candle-lit restaurant features a gourmet menu that includes Argyll oysters, tender Scottish steak, rich chicken cannelloni and much much more.
Scran and Scallie
1 Comely Bank Road, Stockbridge, Edinburgh ,EH4 1DT
The latest addition to the Tom Kitchin portfolio is this fabulous gastro-pub eating option in the Stockbridge area of town (on Raeburn Place). The 'public house with dining' is a partnership between Mr Kitchin and fellow Michelin star chef Dominic Jack - a relaxed dining experience not to be missed if you can get a table! Top tip - if you've not booked in advance you may be lucky if you turn up and wait since half the restaurant is kept for walk-ins. Believe me, worth the gamble!
National Museum of Scotland, Chamber Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF
Tel: 0131 225 3003
A beautiful and contemporary Scottish restaurant located within the Royal Museum of Scotland (at the end of Chambers Street). It's expensive but great and the view over the roof tops to the castle is wonderful.
The Gardener's Cottage
1 Royal Terrace Gardens, London Rd, Edinburgh, EH7 5DX
The latest addition to the dining scene - brunch, lunch and dinner (set menu of 6 courses around £25) offering a variety of fresh seasonal Scottish produce in a quirky atmosphere - originally the cottage for the gardener of Royal Terrace Gardens.
109 Hanover St, Edinburgh EH2 1DJ
Tel: 0131 226 6992
Good value for money - nice surf and turf (Scottish beef + half a lobster) for £20.
2 Rutland St, Edinburgh EH1 2AD
Tel: 0131 222 9930
Traditional Scottish pub, where every Friday you can dance ceilidh for free, which is good fun.
The White Hart Inn
4 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2JU
Tel: 0131 226 2806
Edinburgh's Grassmarket neighbourhood has its share of cosy pubs, but the White Hart is arguably the most charming. It also serves up some of the best comfort food in all of Edinburgh. Mac and cheese, steak and ale pie, bangers and mash – good luck deciding!
The World's End
4 High St, Old Town, Edinburgh, EH1 1TB
Tel: 0131 556 3628
Situated on the Royal Mile where the city walls once stood, The World's End pub is very aptly named. If the apocalypse was indeed approaching, a plate of haggis, neeps and tatties from this cosy pub would make the perfect last meal.
The Queen's Arms
49 Frederick St, Edinburgh, EH2 1EP
Tel: 0131 225 1045
Tucked away beneath the historic Frederick Street in Edinburgh's New Town, The Queen's Arms serves up classic dishes with a gourmet twist. Despite winning the DRAM 'Gastropub of the Year' award, this pub remains a hidden gem.
1-3 Cumberland St, Edinburgh, EH3 6RT
Tel: 0131 558 3134
Must Sees in Edinburgh
The Royal Mile with the Castle at the top of the hill and Holyrood Palace at the bottom.
This 12th-century fortress dominates the city’s skyline and continues to win the title of ‘Top UK Heritage Attraction’ year after year. Of all the city’s famous landmarks, the Castle is not one to miss.
Situated at the top of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s Old Town, the Castle is open 9:30am – 6pm in the summer and 9:30am – 5pm in the winter. You can buy tickets at the entrance, or online (as of Jan 2014, adult tickets cost £16 and child tickets cost £9.60).
Palace of Holyrood
The official Scottish residence of the UK Monarch, this 16th-century palace is where Queen Elizabeth spends part of her summers, entertaining guests at her famous garden parties. The palace, as well as the ruins of Holyrood Abbey that sit behind it, is located at the bottom of the Royal Mile on the edge of the sprawling Holyrood Park. Its opening hours are 9:30-16:30 in the winter and 9:30-18:00 in the summer (as of Jan 2014, admission costs £11.30 for adults, £10.30 for students and over-60s and £6.80 for under-17s).
Other Visitor Attractions
Next to the castle is The Scottish Whisky Experience, and behind the Royal Mile lies a warren of concealed medieval streets - at The Real Mary King’s Close it is possible to walk through these hidden closes, some of which have never before been open to the public.
Visit the National Gallery which is open open daily from 10am to 5pm and Admission is free – well worth a visit.
The Botanic Gardens
North west of the city centre The Botanic Gardens are a lovely place to visit in nice weather. The sprawling green space is made up of more than 70 acres of blossoming gardens, plus several glasshouses, a gift shop and a nice café. The gardens are open daily from 10am to 4pm in Nov-Jan, from 10am to 5pm in Feb & Oct and from 10am to 6pm in Mar-Oct.
Royal Yacht Britannia
Docked on the waters of Leith, just north of the city centre, Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia was decommissioned in 1997 and is now open to the public. A tour of the yacht offers a fascinating insight into the lives of the Royal Family, as well as the 271-person crew that helped run the vessel.
The yacht’s opening hours are 10:00-15:30 for Jan, Feb, March, Nov & Dec, 9:30-16:00 for April, May, Jun & Oct and 9:30-4:30 for July, Aug, Sep (as of Jan 2014, adult tickets cost £12.75, over-60s tickets cost £11.50 and tickets for children aged 5-17.
Open Top Bus Tour
A good way to get your bearings in the first instance is to take the open top bus tour leaving from Waverley Bridge or simply wander around the streets - the architecture is fabulous. The city is divided into the Georgian New Town (where the apartment is) and then the medieval Old Town - both are world heritage sites.
Take a walk up Calton Hill - takes only 10 minutes from the top of Leith Walk roundabout and it’s the best view of the city!
Take a walk along the Water of Leith - you can stop off at the Botanic Gardens, Dean Village and finally the Gallery of Modern Art and the Dean Gallery (great lunch at their cafés).
Have lunch or a coffee at Harvey Nicols 4th Floor brasserie. The view from the cocktail bar is an unexpected treat too!
If you’re thinking of taking some time to explore a little further afield, we’d recommend some tour companies which get good recommendations from our guests and have a 4 star Scottish Tourist Board grading. All do either day trips or longer tours to the many beautiful locations in the north and west of Scotland. You can check them out at their web sites either Timberbush Tours or Rabbie's Tours or Grayline Tours. Grayline also offer the service of a pick up from your accommodation - worth thinking about if you’re heading off early in the morning!