Your critical guide to hotels, restaurants and going out in Edinburgh

Written by local experts

Editor's picks

Lush decor, creative cuisine

Restaurants & cafés

When Michelin-starred chef Paul Kitching opened 21212 in 2009 it instantly joined Edinburgh's top tier.

A coffee and cake fiend's delight

Restaurants & cafés

Housed in a grandiose former bank, Centotre produces high-quality Italian meals and snacks.

Local, innovative, new music

Cabaret Voltaire

Top-name DJs and bands like Hervé and the Long Blondes have played here.

Major attractions

Our Dynamic Earth


The tent-like exterior houses a science museum that combines natural history with simulated natural disasters, and attempts to make geology fun.

Scotch Whisky Experience


Tour the huge selection of blends and malts, including one of only 83 bottles of 50-year-old Balvenie Cask 191 ever produced.

Edinburgh Castle


Military barracks, prison, royal residence, murder scene, birthplace of kings and queens… Edinburgh Castle has served a variety of fascinating purposes.

What's on in Edinburgh

The Beltane Fire Festival The Beltane Fire Festival - © Olivia Rutherford/Time Out

The whole of August is taken up with the Edinburgh Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, but the fun doesn't stop there. Edinburgh has an entire year's worth of brilliant cultural happenings.