Where to eat and what to see in Edinburgh

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On this page, you can find information about bars and cafes, restaurants,  tourist attractionsart galleries, and restaurants accepting large group bookings

Top 10 Bars and Cafes

 Brew Lab – 20 minute walk from the EICC


6-8 S College St, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA

0131 662 8963

Trendy specialty coffee house with an artisan brunch, lunch and cakes menu. After 5:30pm on Wednesday - Sunday, The Brew Lab turns into a café-bar, serving beers from a local brewery and small snacks.

Love Crumbs - 5 minute walk from the EICC


155 West Port, Edinburgh, EH3 9DP

0131 629 0626

Quirky and casual café with pretty cakes and intriguing lunch time options.

Cafe Noir – 6 minute walk from the EICC


1 Palmerston Pl, Edinburgh, EH12 5AF

0131 538 4174

Well lit, modern coffee shop/café with a great selection of pastries.

Blackbird – 10 minute walk from the EICC


37-39 Leven St, Edinburgh, EH3 9LH

0131 228 2280

Relaxed café-bar serving food and drinks for much of the day, with an excellent beer garden for fair weather.

The Blue Blazer – 5 minute walk from the EICC


2 Spittal Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9DX

0131 229 5030

Cosy local bar with traditional décor and a wide selection of drinks.

Sandy Bells - 20 minute walk from the EICC


25 Forrest Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2QH

0131 225 2751

A local pub but also a world-famous meeting place for traditional musicians and a venue for live folk music almost every night and sometimes during the day.

The Jolly Botanist – 4 minute walk from the EICC


256-260 Morrison St, Edinburgh, EH3 8DT

0131 228 5596

Friendly bar with an eccentric Victorian style interior offering a wide selection of gins and a casual food menu.

The Mad Hatter – 4 minute walk from the EICC


8 Torphichen Pl, Edinburgh, EH3 8DU

0131 228 6852

Family run bar with a funky interior and pub menu. The mussel pot is recommended.

The Doric – 20 minute walk from the EICC


15-16 Market St, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE

0131 225 1084

17th Century Tavern and bistro which stays true to its roots with traditional décor and food. Situated near the comedically spooky Edinburgh Dungeons.

Bramble - 20 minute walk from the EICC


16A Queen St, Edinburgh, EH2 1JE

0131 226 6343

An upscale cocktail bar renowned as one of the best in Edinburgh serving a mixture of creative and classic cocktails.

Top 10 Restaurants

Whiski – 20 minute walk from the EICC


Whiski, 119 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SG

0131 556 3095

Award winning whiskey bar and Scottish restaurant with a great atmosphere that frequently hosts live music.

The Dome – 20 minute walk from the EICC


14 George St, New Town, Edinburgh, EH2 2PF

0131 624 8624

A restaurant with a spectacular interior, The Dome serves food all day but is particularly noted for its decadent afternoon tea. In the evening a range of cocktails are served and the bar stays open until midnight.

Devil’s Advocate – 20 minute walk from the EICC


9 Advocate's Cl, Edinburgh, EH1 1ND

0131 225 4465

Popular cocktail bar and innovative restaurant with old timey, industrial décor.

Timberyard – 7 minute walk from the EICC


10 Lady Lawson St, Edinburgh, EH3 9DS

0131 221 1222

Restaurant in an authentic former warehouse with a creative artisan menu and rustic vibe.

Ting Thai Caravan – 17 minute walk from the EICC


Teviot Pl, Edinburgh, EH1 2RA

0131 225 9801

Ting Thia Caravan started off selling authentic Thai street food to festival goers and is now a relaxed restaurant serving Vietnamese and South East Asian dishes.

 L’escargot Blanc – 10 minute walk from the EICC


17 Queensferry St, Edinburgh, EH2 4QW

0131 226 1890

A lively bistro with friendly, knowledgeable staff serving well sourced, classic French food. 

The Witchery – 15 minute walk from the EICC


352 Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NF

0131 225 5613

A magical dining experience in a gothic hotel serving afternoon teas, light lunches and a la carte dinners.

Tower Restaurant – 10 minute walk from the EICC


National Museum of Scotland, Chambers St, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

0131 225 3003

Fine dining and great views on the rooftop of the National Museum of Scotland.

Ondine – 15 minute walk from the EICC


2 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1AD

0131 226 1888

Modern seafood and shellfish restaurant with a buzzing atmosphere.

David Bann – 20 minute walk from the EICC


56-58 St Mary's St, Edinburgh, EH1 1SX

0131 556 5888

Eclectic but unpretentious vegetarian restaurant.

Top Tourist Attractions

Carlton Hill to the East of Princes Street for the view


Carlton Hill, Regent Road, Edinburgh, EH1 3DG

Traditionally a place of recreation for Edinburgh residents, Calton Hill, with its numerous monuments and buildings is popular as a fine viewpoint over the city.

Arthur’s Seat


Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh, EH8 8AL

Arthur's Seat is the main peak of the group of hills in Edinburgh, Scotland which form most of Holyrood Park, described by Robert Louis Stevenson as "a hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design".

Edinburgh Castle


Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG

0131 225 9846

Iconic historical site in the center of Edinburgh.

Art Galleries

Scottish National Portrait Gallery


1 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JD

0131 624 6200

Royal Scottish Academy


The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

 0131 624 6110

Camera Obscura and World of Illusions


Castlehill, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2ND

0131 226 3709

A quirky museum that calls itself a “fairground hall of mirrors meets 21st Century tech”

St Giles Cathedral


High St, Edinburgh, EH1 1RE

 0131 226 0674

Historic cathedral that includes the chapel of the Royal Order of the Knights of the Thistle.

 Vaults Walking Tours


The Mercat Cross, High Street, EH1 1RF

By St Giles High Kirk, opposite the City Chambers

0131 225 5445

Offering a choice of an informative and exciting history tour or a chilling ghost tour of the streets and underground of Edinburgh.

 Secret Garden Walking Tour (private group bookings only, for 1-20 people)


0131 558 8240

43 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR

Easy walking tour around Edinburgh’s old towns showing secret gardens and green spaces that are otherwise easy to miss.

Gladstone’s Land


0131 226 5856

477B Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2NT

National Trust building just below the castle which lets you see what apartments were like before the New Town was built. Surprisingly elegant and definitely worth a visit.

 Botanical Gardens


Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR

0131 248 2909

Tranquil gardens that are world renowned for their horticultural excellence.

National Museum of Scotland  


Chambers St, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

0300 123 6789

A diverse museum that takes you through the history of Scotland through nature, art, design, fashion and technology.

Restaurants taking large group bookings

Unusual Venues – The Rowan Tree


253-255 The Cowgate, Edinburgh, EH1 1NN

0131 510 1080

On Sunday-Thursday, the capacity is 30-80 people and on Friday-Saturday the capacity is 40-80 people.

Offering a set menu of £50 per head (+ £15 per head with drinks included)

The Whiski Rooms 


4-7 North Bank Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2LP

0131 225 7224

Capacity is up to 80 people

Offering set menu options of: £25.95/£29.95/£39.95

The Dome


14 George St, New Town, Edinburgh EH2 2PF

0131 624 8624

Offering a set menu for £37-£46 for 30+ people (drinks are not included).

 The Doric


15-16 Market St, Edinburgh EH1 1DE

0131 225 1084

Capacity is up to 70 people

Offering a set menu of £25/30 per head (+ £7 per head to add 2 glasses of wine). 

Ghillie Dhu


2 Rutland place, Edinburgh EH1 2AD

0131 222 9930

Capacity is 40-160 people

Offering a set menu of £28.95 per head (+ £10.50 a head to add 2 glasses of wine).  

The Witchery


352 Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NF

0131 225 5613

Capacity is 25-50 people in the witchery or 25-60 people in the secret garden

Minimum spend for the set menu/drinks is £5500 for 40 people