Take an extinct volcano, an Old Town straight from medieval times, and elegant Georgian townhouses.
Add in Michelin-starred restaurants, vibrant nightlife and a packed calendar of festivals, and you've got a city that genuinely has universal appeal. Edinburgh, you’re spoiling us.
Food and drink
Battered Mars Bar anyone? Edinburgh may well be birthplace of the deep-fried chocolate treat but it’s also a foodie's paradise.
There’s probably a rule somewhere that says everyone visiting Edinburgh must eat haggis. It’s worth giving Scotland’s national dish a try at least once – and yes, you can have it deep-fried, and there are excellent veggie versions. Not keen? No problem, Scotland’s larder is bursting with some of the world’s finest wild salmon, fresh seafood, succulent beef and delicious venison.
Edinburgh boasts several Michelin-starred restaurants and a vibrant fine dining scene.
Embrace style at George Street’s cool and contemporary restaurants, or push the boat out for a romantic night at the famous – and beautifully intimate — Witchery by the Castle.
Sip afternoon tea and indulge in cakes in the refined surroundings of the Balmoral Hotel’s Palm Court, but don’t dare leave without a visit to the chippie for fish and chips with Edinburgh’s famous ‘alt ‘n’ sauce.
Off to market
Edinburgh’s main farmers’ market meets every Saturday against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. Stock up on goodies from freshly prepared venison to Arbroath smokies, locally produced charcuterie cuts, Stornoway black pudding and clootie dumplings. Look out for other street markets at Stockbridge, Leith, Grassmarket and Potterrow.