The Best Restaurants in Edinburgh


History? Tick. Culture? Yup. World-famous textile pattern? Check.

Scotland’s capital might feel far away, but after a five-hour train journey you can escape London and find yourself in an atmospheric city of cobbled lanes, castles and volcanic hills. Edinburgh is famously beautiful thanks to its medieval street patterns and Georgian architecture, and is loaded with mystery and tradition – from the ancient castle overlooking the city, to the underground vaults sequestered below the streets. There’s culture by the bucketload, with galleries, museums and a roaring live music scene. And all this is but a mere backdrop to one of Britain’s most lively events calendars, from the fire-fuelled Beltane festival to Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve) and the world’s biggest arts fest, the Edinburgh Festival & Fringe, which descends on the city every summer.

Consider this your little black book to help you make the most of your time in Edinburgh, from the best places to eat and drink, to a perfectly crafted weekend to take in the city’s best bits. Before coming back again and again…