Mike & Paul's Guidebook for Edinburgh

Michael

Mike & Paul's Guidebook for Edinburgh

Food Scene - Lunch or Dinner
Please book in advance for a complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival. Fantastic restaurant for a special occasion​ or try their early bird menu and/or​ lunch. Make sure to book online or phone. Mention in the comments section of the online booking or when you book that you are staying with Michael & Paul at Crescent House for a complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival. www.newchapterrestaurant.co.uk info@newchapterrestaurant.co.uk 0131 556 0006
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New Chapter
18 Eyre Pl
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Please book in advance for a complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival. Fantastic restaurant for a special occasion​ or try their early bird menu and/or​ lunch. Make sure to book online or phone. Mention in the comments section of the online booking or when you book that you are staying with Michael & Paul at Crescent House for a complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival. www.newchapterrestaurant.co.uk info@newchapterrestaurant.co.uk 0131 556 0006
Book in advance. A new venue that opened in September 2019. A great hit with locals and guests alike. Fab food, staff and ambience. Highly recommended. Mention in the comments section of the online booking that you are staying with Mike & Paul at Crescent House for a complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival. Please book ahead if you plan to go for lunch/dinner.
The Broughton
46-48a Broughton St
Book in advance. A new venue that opened in September 2019. A great hit with locals and guests alike. Fab food, staff and ambience. Highly recommended. Mention in the comments section of the online booking that you are staying with Mike & Paul at Crescent House for a complimentary glass of bubbly on arrival. Please book ahead if you plan to go for lunch/dinner.
Book in advance. Our closest favourite restaurant. Don't come for the decor - come for the food. It is a very simple taverna style. Run by a greek family - they are all super friendly. Food is super fresh, tasty and comes out as it is ready not course by course. Order some meze dishes to start then follow with the lamb or chicken. Don't miss the patatas with oregano. It just won an award for 'Hidden Gem' in Edinburgh so you need to book to be sure to get a table especially during August or at the weekend. The greek beer or the house wine in steel carafes are great. Other drinks available too. Please note: Not always open for lunch but always for dinner. So check first.
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Spitaki Greek Taverna
133--135 E Claremont St
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Book in advance. Our closest favourite restaurant. Don't come for the decor - come for the food. It is a very simple taverna style. Run by a greek family - they are all super friendly. Food is super fresh, tasty and comes out as it is ready not course by course. Order some meze dishes to start then follow with the lamb or chicken. Don't miss the patatas with oregano. It just won an award for 'Hidden Gem' in Edinburgh so you need to book to be sure to get a table especially during August or at the weekend. The greek beer or the house wine in steel carafes are great. Other drinks available too. Please note: Not always open for lunch but always for dinner. So check first.
Book in advance. Our favourite Thai restaurant in Edinburgh. With authentic chefs from Bangkok. Don't miss it. This is a very popular restaurant so do book in advance for lunch or dinner.
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Dusit
49A Thistle St
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Book in advance. Our favourite Thai restaurant in Edinburgh. With authentic chefs from Bangkok. Don't miss it. This is a very popular restaurant so do book in advance for lunch or dinner.
Book in advance. This decadent and beautiful, French-inspired restaurant, is managed by a French family who have made Scotland their home for over 20 years supported by friendly and attentive staff. The Crème brûlée is legendary.
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L'Escargot Bleu Restaurant
56 Broughton St
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Book in advance. This decadent and beautiful, French-inspired restaurant, is managed by a French family who have made Scotland their home for over 20 years supported by friendly and attentive staff. The Crème brûlée is legendary.
Book in advance. Great foody pub and friendly staff
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The OX
49-51 London St
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Book in advance. Great foody pub and friendly staff
Book in advance. Lovely Asian food - book in advance
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Dishoom Edinburgh
3a St Andrew Square
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Book in advance. Lovely Asian food - book in advance
Great stop for coffee after visiting the ​National Museum of Scotland or Talbot Rice Gallery
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Brew Lab Coffee
6-8 S College St
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Great stop for coffee after visiting the ​National Museum of Scotland or Talbot Rice Gallery
Great new place for Fish & Chips
Bertie's Proper Fish & Chips
9 Victoria St
Great new place for Fish & Chips
Great fresh pan Asian​ food and lovely staff/decor. Great for a quick lunch or dinner.
Wagamama
5 St Andrew Square
Great fresh pan Asian​ food and lovely staff/decor. Great for a quick lunch or dinner.
Book in advance. Informal, yummy dining
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The Olive Branch
91 Broughton St
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Book in advance. Informal, yummy dining
Book in advance. Excellent Seafood restaurant on the Shore in Leith
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The Shore Restaurant
3 Shore
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Book in advance. Excellent Seafood restaurant on the Shore in Leith
Book in advance. Probably the best fish and seafood restaurant in Leith and maybe Edinburgh. You need to book. Not the cheapest but worth every penny!
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Fishers
1 Shore
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Book in advance. Probably the best fish and seafood restaurant in Leith and maybe Edinburgh. You need to book. Not the cheapest but worth every penny!
Book in advance. The little brother of the original Fishers in Leith (see other entry) So it is probably the second-best fish and seafood restaurant in Edinburgh. You need to book. Not the cheapest but worth every penny!
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Fishers In The City
58 Thistle St
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Book in advance. The little brother of the original Fishers in Leith (see other entry) So it is probably the second-best fish and seafood restaurant in Edinburgh. You need to book. Not the cheapest but worth every penny!
Book in advance. Lovely Italian restaurant in an old bank building on George Street. Enjoy a drink at one of the many bars on George Street / St. Andrews Square before or after your meal.
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Contini George Street
103 George St
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Book in advance. Lovely Italian restaurant in an old bank building on George Street. Enjoy a drink at one of the many bars on George Street / St. Andrews Square before or after your meal.
Book in advance. Favourite Edinburgh Vegetarian / Vegan restaurant
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David Bann Restaurant
56-58 St Mary's St
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Book in advance. Favourite Edinburgh Vegetarian / Vegan restaurant
Book in advance. Does amazing Vegan pizza too!
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La Favorita
331-325 Leith Walk
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Book in advance. Does amazing Vegan pizza too!
Great local Italian​ restaurant
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Vittoria on the Walk
113 Brunswick St
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Great local Italian​ restaurant
Great new vegan restaurant just moved from Leith to the bottom Broughton Street. 7 minute walk from Crescent House on your way up town! Great place for brunch, lunch, dinner or drinks outside. Please book in advance.
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Harmonium
60 Henderson St
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Great new vegan restaurant just moved from Leith to the bottom Broughton Street. 7 minute walk from Crescent House on your way up town! Great place for brunch, lunch, dinner or drinks outside. Please book in advance.
Amazing new restaurant setting a very high bar for their delightful tasting menu. At time of writing £45 for five course celebration meal. Can also do wine pairing for £35. When we went recently enjoyed their signature negroni cocktail and lovely bottle of white wine rather than the pairing. The food is all locally sourced and the service attentive. Don’t miss this one for a special night. You will need to book in advance.
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Borough
50-54 Henderson St
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Amazing new restaurant setting a very high bar for their delightful tasting menu. At time of writing £45 for five course celebration meal. Can also do wine pairing for £35. When we went recently enjoyed their signature negroni cocktail and lovely bottle of white wine rather than the pairing. The food is all locally sourced and the service attentive. Don’t miss this one for a special night. You will need to book in advance.
Drinks & Nightlife
Traditional Scottish pub. Great atmospheric decor. Brilliant selection of lagers and ales. Friendly staff. A regular​ line up of live music sessions. Nice Scottish Bistro food too! Don’t miss the haggis bonbons.
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The Barony
81-85 Broughton St
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Traditional Scottish pub. Great atmospheric decor. Brilliant selection of lagers and ales. Friendly staff. A regular​ line up of live music sessions. Nice Scottish Bistro food too! Don’t miss the haggis bonbons.
Currently open Wednesday to Sunday. Book in advance for drinks or food inside. Great local, friendly bar with good bar food. Nice to visit after a walk around The Royal Botanic Gardens
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Orchard
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Currently open Wednesday to Sunday. Book in advance for drinks or food inside. Great local, friendly bar with good bar food. Nice to visit after a walk around The Royal Botanic Gardens
Great bar with excellent Beers and Gin - lovely gastro pub food too. Book a table when it is busy. Grab a seat outside when the sun is shining. Does a lovely Sunday Roast!
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The Cumberland Bar
1-3 Cumberland St
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Great bar with excellent Beers and Gin - lovely gastro pub food too. Book a table when it is busy. Grab a seat outside when the sun is shining. Does a lovely Sunday Roast!
Reopening 19th May 2021 - Great new cocktail bar that is part of the Edinburgh Grand on St. Andrews Sq - very reasonable prices and amazing drinks. Food is ace too
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Lady Libertine
25 W Register St
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Reopening 19th May 2021 - Great new cocktail bar that is part of the Edinburgh Grand on St. Andrews Sq - very reasonable prices and amazing drinks. Food is ace too
Brand new romantic, intimate and cosy bar with a quirky addition of a plant shop that creates a lovely backdrop to your visit. The Keller Taproom also distills its own four gins with great Scottish names. Likewise is starting to brew German style beers 🍺 in the next few weeks. They also have a fine wine list and amazing cocktails. Please book so you don’t miss out.
The Keller
23-27 Broughton Street Lane
Brand new romantic, intimate and cosy bar with a quirky addition of a plant shop that creates a lovely backdrop to your visit. The Keller Taproom also distills its own four gins with great Scottish names. Likewise is starting to brew German style beers 🍺 in the next few weeks. They also have a fine wine list and amazing cocktails. Please book so you don’t miss out.
Sightseeing
Amazing walks and views of Edinburgh
Currently need to book timed entry tickets in advance. Don't miss the views from the Castle across Edinburgh. You might hear the 1300 gun fired from Edinburgh Castle. Best to book in advance​ as can be long queues for entrance tickets.
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Edinburgh Castle
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Currently need to book timed entry tickets in advance. Don't miss the views from the Castle across Edinburgh. You might hear the 1300 gun fired from Edinburgh Castle. Best to book in advance​ as can be long queues for entrance tickets.
Great views of the whole City plus visit the new Collective galleries - see separate entry under Art Galleries. Nice outdoor bar (in the summer), coffee shop and pricey restaurant 'The Lookout' - you need to book.
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Calton Hill
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Great views of the whole City plus visit the new Collective galleries - see separate entry under Art Galleries. Nice outdoor bar (in the summer), coffee shop and pricey restaurant 'The Lookout' - you need to book.
Amazing walks and views of Edinburgh. Great for a sunset walk.
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Arthur's Seat
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Amazing walks and views of Edinburgh. Great for a sunset walk.
Currently need to book timed entry ticket in advance: https://tickets.rct.uk/palace-holyroodhouse/palace-holyroodhouse/2020 Great new (2019) audio guide around the Queen's official residence in Scotland. Highly recommend a visit while in Edinburgh. Nice Restaurant / Cafe too with lovely outside seating. Top tip: Don't need to pay to visit Cafe / Shop!
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Holyrood Sarayı
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Currently need to book timed entry ticket in advance: https://tickets.rct.uk/palace-holyroodhouse/palace-holyroodhouse/2020 Great new (2019) audio guide around the Queen's official residence in Scotland. Highly recommend a visit while in Edinburgh. Nice Restaurant / Cafe too with lovely outside seating. Top tip: Don't need to pay to visit Cafe / Shop!
Currently need to book a timed ticket in advance: https://tickets.edinburghzoo.org.uk/ Great Zoo if you have time to visit. Take the 26 bus from York Place (next to Tram stop)
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Edinburgh Zoo
134 Corstorphine Rd
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Currently need to book a timed ticket in advance: https://tickets.edinburghzoo.org.uk/ Great Zoo if you have time to visit. Take the 26 bus from York Place (next to Tram stop)
From the 3rd May 2021 with COVID-19 restrictions being lifted we will be open Monday to Sunday 10:00 to 18:00. Amazingly beautiful (volunteer-run) gardens set on the other side of Holyrood Park in the picturesque village of Duddingston. Top tip: Take a short Uber from Crescent House direct to the gardens through Holyrood Park and visit the new Holyrood Distillery.
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Dr Neil's Garden
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From the 3rd May 2021 with COVID-19 restrictions being lifted we will be open Monday to Sunday 10:00 to 18:00. Amazingly beautiful (volunteer-run) gardens set on the other side of Holyrood Park in the picturesque village of Duddingston. Top tip: Take a short Uber from Crescent House direct to the gardens through Holyrood Park and visit the new Holyrood Distillery.
Parks & Nature
Currently need to book a free timed-entry ticket https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/royal-botanic-garden-edinburgh-tickets-107196483568 Don't miss a visit to our local (15 minute walk) world-famous Gardens! You can see the glass hothouses (currently under redevelopment) from the window views outside the back of Crescent House.
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Royal Botanic Garden
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Currently need to book a free timed-entry ticket https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/royal-botanic-garden-edinburgh-tickets-107196483568 Don't miss a visit to our local (15 minute walk) world-famous Gardens! You can see the glass hothouses (currently under redevelopment) from the window views outside the back of Crescent House.
Great for a day out on a sunny day
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Portobello Beach
1 Promenade
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Great for a day out on a sunny day
Take a walk up the Water of Leith towards the Modern Art Gallery (have a coffee / lunch here inside or out) at Belford Road or walk down towards the Port of Leith (nice bars and restaurants)
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Water of Leith
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Take a walk up the Water of Leith towards the Modern Art Gallery (have a coffee / lunch here inside or out) at Belford Road or walk down towards the Port of Leith (nice bars and restaurants)
Take a walk around our local park and then either walk on one of the old railway tracks to Leith, Newhaven, Trinity or even further afield
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St Marks Park
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Take a walk around our local park and then either walk on one of the old railway tracks to Leith, Newhaven, Trinity or even further afield
Shopping
Harvey Nicks Edinburgh - say no more - have a meal on the top floor or drink in the rooftop bar
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Harvey Nichols
30 - 34 St Andrew Square
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Harvey Nicks Edinburgh - say no more - have a meal on the top floor or drink in the rooftop bar
Quirky clothing store - old tweed jackets, army off-casts and other scraps of clothing are stitched together and recycled into stylish and distinctive items for both men and women
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Joey D
54 Broughton St
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Quirky clothing store - old tweed jackets, army off-casts and other scraps of clothing are stitched together and recycled into stylish and distinctive items for both men and women
Nice discount outlet to pick up great Scottish gifts and jumper/jackets​.
James Pringles Shopping Village
70-74 Bangor Rd
Nice discount outlet to pick up great Scottish gifts and jumper/jackets​.
A great local street in a vibrant area with vintage shops, fashion and lifestyle. Fab place for a mooch around. On Sundays you can visit the Stockbridge Sunday Market. Don’t miss the 🥘 Paella. Curently at the Inverleith Park end you will find the outdoor Neighbourhood Market in the new Edinburgh Academicals rugby ground.
Raeburn Place
A great local street in a vibrant area with vintage shops, fashion and lifestyle. Fab place for a mooch around. On Sundays you can visit the Stockbridge Sunday Market. Don’t miss the 🥘 Paella. Curently at the Inverleith Park end you will find the outdoor Neighbourhood Market in the new Edinburgh Academicals rugby ground.
Art Galleries
Art Gallery's we recommend
We run Art Historian led Edinburgh Art Tours to the gallery. We are based at Crescent House. Check out @EdinburghArtTours or contact Paul for more info on public and private tour bookings. Reopened now - required to book a free advanced timed ticket - https://www.nationalgalleries.org/ticket-purchase/48146 Beautiful gallery on the Mound. Good stop on a ​rainy day or on way to the Old Town from the New Town.
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National Gallery Of Scotland
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We run Art Historian led Edinburgh Art Tours to the gallery. We are based at Crescent House. Check out @EdinburghArtTours or contact Paul for more info on public and private tour bookings. Reopened now - required to book a free advanced timed ticket - https://www.nationalgalleries.org/ticket-purchase/48146 Beautiful gallery on the Mound. Good stop on a ​rainy day or on way to the Old Town from the New Town.
We run Art Historian led Edinburgh Art Tours to the gallery. We are based at Crescent House. Check out @EdinburghArtTours or contact Paul for more info on public and private tour bookings. You can also do a self guided tour. Currently required to book a free timed ticket in advance - https://www.nationalgalleries.org/ticket-purchase/48156 Original Modern Art Gallery next to Dean Gallery (Modern One). Take a stroll through Stockbridge and then the Dean Village on your way to the Modern Art Galleries on Belford Road.
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Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One)
75 Belford Rd
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We run Art Historian led Edinburgh Art Tours to the gallery. We are based at Crescent House. Check out @EdinburghArtTours or contact Paul for more info on public and private tour bookings. You can also do a self guided tour. Currently required to book a free timed ticket in advance - https://www.nationalgalleries.org/ticket-purchase/48156 Original Modern Art Gallery next to Dean Gallery (Modern One). Take a stroll through Stockbridge and then the Dean Village on your way to the Modern Art Galleries on Belford Road.
We run Art Historian led Edinburgh Art Tours to the gallery. We are also based at Crescent House. Check out @EdinburghArtTours or contact Paul for more info on public and private tour bookings. Currently private tours only to this gallery. Now reopened seven days. Check times before visiting. You need to book in advance. Beautiful sumptuous history of Scotland. Great food and amazing coffee at the cafe / restaurant on ground floor.
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Scottish National Portrait Gallery
1 Queen St
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We run Art Historian led Edinburgh Art Tours to the gallery. We are also based at Crescent House. Check out @EdinburghArtTours or contact Paul for more info on public and private tour bookings. Currently private tours only to this gallery. Now reopened seven days. Check times before visiting. You need to book in advance. Beautiful sumptuous history of Scotland. Great food and amazing coffee at the cafe / restaurant on ground floor.
Outdoor grounds, viewing terrace, City Dome, coffee Kiosk, and pop-up shop are now open. Brand new galleries in the old Edinburgh City Observatory, outdoor bar (in the summer), great coffee shop, pricey restaurant called The Lookout (you need to book) and mazing 360 views of the City - don't miss it. Top tip: after checking in at Crescent House pop up to Calton Hill for panoramic view of the city. Great way to get your bearings.
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Collective
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Outdoor grounds, viewing terrace, City Dome, coffee Kiosk, and pop-up shop are now open. Brand new galleries in the old Edinburgh City Observatory, outdoor bar (in the summer), great coffee shop, pricey restaurant called The Lookout (you need to book) and mazing 360 views of the City - don't miss it. Top tip: after checking in at Crescent House pop up to Calton Hill for panoramic view of the city. Great way to get your bearings.
Now known as Modern Two Second Modern Art Gallery next to Dean Gallery. Top tip: Take a stroll through Stockbridge​ and then the Dean Village on your way to the Modern Art Galleries on Belford Road.
Dean Gallery
73 Belford Rd
Now known as Modern Two Second Modern Art Gallery next to Dean Gallery. Top tip: Take a stroll through Stockbridge​ and then the Dean Village on your way to the Modern Art Galleries on Belford Road.
Do pop in to see the Old College, Edinburgh University Quadrangle. The Talbot Rice Gallery has some unique and unusual exhibitions. Check opening times before visiting.
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Talbot Rice Gallery
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Do pop in to see the Old College, Edinburgh University Quadrangle. The Talbot Rice Gallery has some unique and unusual exhibitions. Check opening times before visiting.
Entertainment & Activities
Currently need to book free tie entry tickets here: https://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland/book-tickets/ Amazing museum to visit with lovely Restaurants and Cafes. Make sure you go on the roof for fantastic views of the Edinburgh skyline.
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İskoçya Ulusal Müzesi
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Currently need to book free tie entry tickets here: https://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland/book-tickets/ Amazing museum to visit with lovely Restaurants and Cafes. Make sure you go on the roof for fantastic views of the Edinburgh skyline.
Currently closed.
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Summerhall
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Currently closed.
Mainstream cinema showing all the major movies
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Vue Cinemas
61/11 Leith St
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Mainstream cinema showing all the major movies
Great local swim centre (with really nice Sauna & Steam Room when it reopens) where Paul learnt to swim 40 years ago! (also small gym). Need to book in advance.
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Glenogle Swim Centre
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Great local swim centre (with really nice Sauna & Steam Room when it reopens) where Paul learnt to swim 40 years ago! (also small gym). Need to book in advance.
Large gym & newly refurbished (2020) traditional Victorian Swimming Pool. Need to book in advance.
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Leith Victoria Swim Centre
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Large gym & newly refurbished (2020) traditional Victorian Swimming Pool. Need to book in advance.