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Best things to do in Edinburgh

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Department Store
“Expensive designer department store but with some bargains. Try the 4th floor terrace for drinks and dining with a lovely view. You may need to book in advance as so popular. ”
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Bus Station
“Number 11 bus at the end of the street will take you straight in to the city centre in 15 mins as a cost of £1.70 for an adult. Recommend getting a day saver for £4 approximately and you can use the bus service all day ”
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Shopping Mall
“Find many of the designer shops here including Harvey Nichols which has many of the designers based inside of it.”
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Hotel
“The tram to and from Edinburgh Airport terminates here. Interesting places to hop off include Princes Street for high street shopping, Haymarket for the cute shops on the West End and Murrayfield Stadium for the rugby.”
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Café
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“This summer the Bistro have been offering a 3 course menu with a cocktail for just £23 per person. My husband and I enjoyed a table at the window looking over St. Andrews Square and across to the Castle. The sun was setting so it was a stunning location and the food was delicious. ”
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Comedy Club
“Stand up comedy 8:30 nightly on your doorstep. Cross over Queen Street and turn left- it is right there!”
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Comedy Club
“The Stand Comedy Club is the most popular comedy venue in Edinburgh, hosting stand-up, sketch, and improv comedy acts, ranging from beginners to well-known international comedians. The Stand also hosts a number of acts during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and many of the popular British acts from the Fringe perform here throughout the year.”
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Café
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“Some of the best coffee in town and a few simple breakfast options in a lovely little space.”
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Bus Stop
“If you get the tram from the airport (the easiest way into the city), this is the last stop! The flat is about two minutes walk downhill from here”
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Bus Station
“Located just off York Place. Ideal for if you're looking to travel out of Edinburgh for the day.”
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Bar
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“A hidden gem of a cocktail bar tucked away in a basement on the corner of York Place – a dimly-lit speakeasy serving exciting concoctions until 3am every night of the week. ”
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Transit Station
“Tram stop for trips to Murrayfield Stadium, the airport and stops along this route. ”
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Restaurant
“Valvona & Crolla is famous in Edinburgh for being a family run Italian deli that was started in the 1930's! VinCaffe has a cafe downstairs and a restaurant upstairs, and some amazing coffees!”
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Café
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“Snug eatery offering organic, vegan cafe dishes, desserts & smoothies in a cheerful, bright setting.”
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Tram Station
“New tram line from the Airport terminates in York Place giving great access to lots of Edinburgh including directly to Murrayfield every 5 to 10 mins. Only 220 yards tot he flat!”
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Transit Station
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