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Cult Clothing


Cult caters to casual twentysomethings with a variety of brands: Superdry, Electro Honey, Breed and the like. If it's on-trend, it'll be here.

7-9 North Bridge

Dance Base

Critics' choice

This beautifully airy, purpose-built state-of-the-art venue has become the focal point for the capital's dance community. With four studios housing an...

14-16 Grassmarket
Tags: Old Town

David Bann

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

There are Indian vegetarian venues in Edinburgh, and Michelin-starred establishments with meat-free menus. But among modern restaurants with wholly...

56-58 St Mary's Street

Deadhead Comics


Everything a comic shop should be: small, stacked, and staffed by guys who really know their stuff. Deadhead offers American superhero titles, lesser-known...

27 Candlemaker Row



This 'liquid deli' allows you to try drinks before you buy. There are unusual British-sourced liqueurs, such as elderflower vodka and damson gin.

32 Victoria Street

Dubh Prais

Restaurants & cafés

This discreet cellar has been offering Scottish cuisine for more than 20 years and locals tend to take it for granted. Pity: chef James McWilliams has a...

123b High Street

Ecco Vino

Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

The formula at this perennial Old Town favourite has a simplicity bordering on genius. Create a basic Italian menu (antipasti, risotto, panini, pasta) and...

19 Cockburn Street

Edinburgh Dungeon


If you like your history packed with facts, this might not be for you. However, if disease, murder, exaggerated pantomime mayhem and the pornography of...

31 Market Street

Edinburgh Old Town Weaving Co


Occupying the building that held the old Castlehill reservoir, this establishment is like an extensive complex of concessions where you can do everything...

555 Castlehill

Electric Circus

Clubs, Music

Now, this is a novelty. Formerly known as Massa, Buster's and a host of other names, the Electric Circus has been subject to an extensive refurbishment that...

36-39 Market Street

Elephant House

Restaurants & cafés

This popular café draws everyone from skiving students to grannies out with the grandkids. The food menu runs to salads, baguettes and savouries; some of...

21 George IV Bridge



Top hats, cloches, trilbies, bowlers, berets, straw hats and just about every other kind of smart headgear is stocked in this bright, inspiring store, along...

13 Cowgatehead



All kinds of hats, from cloches and summer straw to top hats and fascinators. Many are constructed in hand-dyed felts, with tweed, feather or wool...

13 Cowgatehead