Edinburgh may be a lot smaller than some other UK cities, but it offers a lot more in terms of diverse scenery with mountains, the sea and the famous castle adding to a stunning backdrop.
With so much on offer in this stunning British city it is no wonder that celebs are flocking to the Scottish capital for holidays.
We’ve taken the hard work out of finding the best places to eat, drink and sleep so you don’t have to do anything except for make a booking.
The Edinburgh Grand
There are many hotels in Edinburgh but our favourite is The Edinburgh Grand.
This new modern luxury building is host to apartments in the very centre of town. Built in a former banking landmark the apartments hold anything from one to six guests.
From uniquely configured Grand Studios, to the jaw-dropping, three-bedroom, rooftop Penthouse with its staggering 360 degree panoramic view.
The Edinburgh Grand oozes class and the staff will quite literally bend over backwards to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
The Register Club
With many fine and famous drinking establishments in the city, one we absolutely have to recommend is The Register Club.
Think Mad Men meets The Great Gatsby and you’re half-way there. This elegantly furnished bar is matched by a select cocktail list that wouldn’t look out of place in a Mark Twain novel.
Situated in the west wing of The Edinburgh Grand, the arrangement of cocktail bar, lounge, games room and snug make it feel like an exclusive members’ club.
In a busy bustling basement is the hottest ticket in town – Lady Libertine.
There’s not much to say about this popular hotspot other than they serve good cocktails and great food in a relaxed atmosphere.
On Friday nights you’re just as likely to see city workers in their suits propping up the bar next to some in-the-know tourists who have been told about the venue by locals.
A DJ plays in the bar too adding a party-vibe to proceedings, and the waiters will not let your glass stay empty for long.
Six by Nico
Renowned Scottish-Italian chef, Nico Simeone, opened his Edinburgh restaurant to critical acclaim – having eaten there we can assure you it’s worth the hype.
Six by Nico is home to a series of carefully curated and constantly evolving restaurant concepts.
Every six weeks, Nico and his team serve a brand new six-course tasting menu – each one themed upon a different place or memory.
We visited at the perfect time because the theme was ‘The best of 2018’ – so we had a great variety of choices.
The menu, which is available with wine pairing, can be a little overwhelming so make sure you ask for help from a waitress named Juliette. She’s extremely helpful.
Fish and Chips don’t get better than this. FACT.
Bertie’s is Europe’s largest fish and chip restaurant and yet the place is absolutely rammed when we rock up there on a Friday afternoon.
This family run establishment serves proper fish and chips, but also offers some contemporary twists on the traditional chip shop experience.
Situated on Victoria Street, in the former St John’s Church, Bertie’s is filled with delightful staff with their rich history all on the walls for patrons to see.
Up to 300 guests can be seated and the upstairs area is often booked with large groups of tourists and locals alike.
As well as the extensive menu of food, including some haggis starters, you’ll also be able to buy premium spirits, wines and gins from around Scotland, along with themed cocktails, beers and ciders.
Manager Leandro is always on hand to talk through the family’s history and how his grandfather started the business. This is a must see restaurant for anyone visiting Edinburgh.
If theres a more romantic venue in the city than Divino Enoteca, we haven’t found it yet.
This cavernous Italian restaurant is dimly lit and decorated in such a way that it feels as if you’re actually in Sicily.
Hidden in the heart of the Old Town, Divino Enoteca offers a twist on contemporary dining with a wine selection to die for.
The soft lighting ad black leather chairs make this place a clear cut above the rest.
With awards for best wine list and best Italian restaurant in Scotland, it’s easy to see why this place remains so popular, so be sure to book before you go.
From the huge steak mains to the delicious sides of vegetables, Divino Enoteca has it all. Apart from Bertie’s this is our other favourite and highly recommended eatery not just in Edinburgh, but all of Europe.
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