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Cameo Picturehouse

Critics' choice
Cinemas

Nestled in Tollcross, this indie cinema is a real treat, picking around eight films a week from the edges of the mainstream. Chat up the friendly staff at...

38 Home Street

Children's Bookshop

Critics' choice
Shops

Set up by publisher Fidra, this newish enterprise does just what it says on the tin. As well as Fidra's own titles, the shop sells the best in children's...

219 Bruntsfield Place

Craigies

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Attractions

At this fruit farm, you can pick your own soft fruit (also available by the punnet), enjoy some ravishing views over to Fife and down the Firth of Forth,...

West Craigie Farm

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 International Climbing Arena Ratho

Critics' choice
Sport, health & fitness

This multi-million-pound climbing arena was the biggest in the world when it opened in 2003, but soon ran into financial problems. After the local authority...

South Platt Hill

Edinburgh Zoo

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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

Maddie & Mark's

Critics' choice
Shops

An independent shoe shop, with brands including Lelli Kelly, Umi, Stones & Bones, Geox, as well as Startrite and the ubiquitous Crocs.

1 Craigcrook Place

Museum of Scotland

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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

National Museum of Scotland & Royal Museum

Critics' choice
Museums

Designed by Benson & Forsyth, the NMS was judged to be the Scottish Building of the Year after opening in 1998. The huge, airy complex is full of stairways...

Chambers Street
Free

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Critics' choice
Attractions

The Royal Botanic Garden has delighted both plant-lovers and casual strollers for almost two centuries. Edinburgh's most peaceful tourist attraction, it's...

Inverleith Row
FreeMajor venue

Time Twisters

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Attractions

Edinburgh's newest play centre has an Egyptian theme, and is a dream location for any children into mummies, crocodiles, pyramids and the like. The centre...

Unit 5, Catalyst Trade Park

Toys Galore

Critics' choice
Shops

All of the leading toy brands (Playmobil, Brio et al) are sold here, as are specialist lines from the likes of Steiff Bears and Alberon Dolls.

193 Morningside Road

Valvona & Crolla Caffè Bar

Critics' choice
Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

Still the most celebrated delicatessen in Scotland, Valvona & Crolla also encompasses this simple and tasteful space at the rear of the shop, a converted...

19 Elm Row