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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

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

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

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

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

IJ Mellis, Cheesemonger

Critics' choice
Shops

A perfect place to sample Scottish cheeses, as well as the best of the rest of the UK, France, Holland, Italy and Spain. It sells artisan bread, too, so...

30a Victoria Street
Major venue

Museum of Childhood

Museums

This popular attraction was founded in 1955 by local councillor Patrick Murray, who made sure that visitors understood the difference between a museum of...

42 High Street
FreeMajor venue

Museum of Scotland

Critics' choice
Museums

The museum, previously known as the Museum of Scotland before merging with the Royal Museum, was judged to be the Scottish Building of the Year after its...

Chambers Street
FreeMajor venue

Our Dynamic Earth

Attractions, Museums

Our Dynamic Earth is near the former home of Edinburgh-born James Hutton, the father of geology. It's anyone's guess what he'd make of its modern, tent-like...

Holyrood Road
Major venue

Palace of Holyroodhouse & the Queen's Gallery

Critics' choice
Attractions

The Palace of Holyroodhouse has its origins in the Abbey of Holyrood (now picturesque ruins), established in 1128 by David I. When Edinburgh was confirmed...

Holyrood Road
Major venue

Royal Mile Whiskies

Shops

Hundreds of whiskies, some extremely rare and expensive, are on offer at this award-winning shop. Other liqueurs are also stocked, including absinthe.

379 High Street
Major venue

Sandy Bell's

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs, Music

Like the Royal Oak, this is a folkies' hangout: there's an open session every night from around 9pm. Also like the Royal Oak, there are no frills, but if...

25 Forrest Road
Tags: Folk, Pub, Old Town
Major venue

Scotch Whisky Experience

Critics' choice
Attractions, Shops

The shop alone makes this tourist-orientated whisky centre worth a visit. The selection of blended whisky and single malts, some popular and some obscure,...

354 Castlehill
Major venue
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