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Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

Chef Paul Kitching and manager Katie O'Brien made their names at Juniper in Manchester; when they moved north in 2009, their new venue instantly joined...

3 Royal Terrace
Major venue

Armstrongs

Critics' choice
Shops

Diving into this emporium is a glorious journey into decades, if not centuries, of fashion. Armstrongs has just about everything from 1920s glamour to 1980s...

83 Grassmarket
Major venue

Bennet's

Bars & pubs

A marvel of Victorian design. A long wooden bar occupies one side of the room, with alcoves along the top of the gantry accommodating a huge selection of...

8 Leven Street
Major venue

Bow Bar

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

This small and simple one-room pub has one of the largest and most interesting ranges of single malt Scotch, not just in the city but in Scotland. The Port...

80 West Bow
Tags: Pub, Old Town
Major venue

Cadenhead's Whisky Shop

Shops

Belonging to Scotland's oldest independent bottler (established 1842), this store has a grand selection of whiskies. It also runs whisky tastings in local pubs.

172 Canongate
Major venue

Café Royal Circle Bar

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

An island bar dominates this attractive and elegant pub, where the walls are decorated with Royal Doulton tiles of famous inventors. You find all sorts...

19 West Register Street
Major venue

Edinburgh Castle

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Attractions

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

Castlehill
Major venue

Edinburgh Zoo

Critics' choice
Attractions

Edinburgh Zoo's greatest claim to kids' attention is the Penguin Parade. It's scheduled for 2.15pm daily (Apr-Aug) subject to the penguins' attitudes; given...

Corstorphine Road
Major venue

Filmhouse

Critics' choice
Cinemas

The Filmhouse offers a mix of arty new films and classics. Look out for screenings on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays organised by the Edinburgh Film Guild...

88 Lothian Road
Major venue

Fruitmarket Gallery

Critics' choice
Art

Expect thoroughbred shows by the likes of Clare Barclay, Lucy Skaer and Callum Innes at the Fruitmarket, Edinburgh's leading venue for contemporary art. The...

45 Market Street
Tags: Old Town
Major venue

Geoffrey (Tailor) Kiltmakers & Weavers

Shops

One of the city's best Highland outfitters stocks kilts (including children's kilts), ladies' kilted skirts and all the relevant accessories.

57-61 High Street
Major venue

Herbie of Edinburgh

Critics' choice
Shops

This deli has plenty of fresh-baked breads and an extensive range of cheeses that you can try before you buy. The second branch also has a café.

66 Raeburn Place
Major venue

High Kirk of St Giles

Critics' choice
Attractions

There's been a church on this site since AD 854. Nothing remains of the earliest structures, but the four pillars that surround the Holy Table in the centre...

High Street
FreeMajor venue

HMV Picture House

Music

For years, Edinburgh was crying out for a central, mid-sized venue that could accommodate major touring bands. The city finally got its wish with the 2008...

31 Lothian Road
Major venue

Hotel du Vin

Hotels

Edinburgh joined the select posse of UK towns and cities with a Hotel du Vin in late 2008, and its sheer, well-executed reliability has made it a discreet...

11 Bristo Place
Major venue
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