One of the most stunning cities in the world with a castle on a mound smack bang in the middle of it. It’s easy to get around and has a great gluten free food and drink scene.
Thistle Street is my favourite street in Edinburgh for bars and restaurants. Try Cafe Marlayne (French), Iris (British fusion, think duck and Scottish raspberries with garlic fries), Dusit (Thai where Noel Gallagher has been seen eating), Fisher’s (seafood) or Bon Vivant (fusion) all of which do great gluten free options. Others choices not on Thistle street are Blue Bear Cafe in Canonmills or Ostara Cafe Ferry Road/ Leith for gluten free brunch, La Favorita for great gluten free pizza. Olive Branch on Broughton Street for a nice lunch. Dishoom is a great option too and we’ve been hearing good things about Six by Nico and Scran and Scallie.
Bon Vivant on Thistle Street is my favourite (order a sweet cherry rum Manhattan). 99 Hanover Street for party drinks or Villager if you are in the Old Town. Bramble on Queen St for some cocktails. King’s Wark in Leith for a proper local. The Street at the top of Broughton Street for the LGBT scene. Liquid Rooms also good for a gig or indie club night.
Malmaison on the Shore, The Glasshouse, Hotel Du Vin, Rick’s, The George, The Caledonian, The Scotsman. Or there are plenty of beautiful airbnbs.
Visit the castle, have a picnic in Princes St Gardens, walk up Arthur’s seat (the large hill – and ancient volcano – at the edge of the city), go to Camera Obscura, visit the Shore in Leith for a pint, walk along the Royal Mile and down the Grassmarket, go to Harvey Nichs for a cocktail, visit the Zoo and the Botanical Gardens, do a ghost tour.
Walk, it’s not a big city. Or hail a black cab or Uber as nothing is too far away and therefore pretty cheap. For the airport we’d recommend the bus , it’s quicker and cheaper than the tram. Taxi will cost about £20.
Liveability (4 out of 5)
4 out of 5. Easy city to live in. Lots to do and you can get a black cab anywhere in about 15 minutes. Tends to be dry and sunny (for Scotland anyway).