Great Places to Eat, Visit and Shop – A Guide to Living in Edinburgh

06 November 2014

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Last year, Edinburgh was named the best place to live in Scotland - and that’s no coincidence. Scoring high for life satisfaction and topping the happiest cities list, it’s clear that the locals love living in Edinburgh - and it’s not hard to see why. This vibrant capital city is bursting with culture and character and has more than a few bragging rights when it comes to city living.

If you’re thinking about making the move to Edinburgh, what follows is a taster of the cultural delights you’ll find in this sensational city. And if you’re a brand new Edinburgher getting to grips with the capital - lucky you. Consider this your official welcome.

Places to Eat for a Mighty Meal

Finding places to eat in Edinburgh couldn’t be easier. With a huge selection of independent restaurants and quality cafes, there’s a culinary treat to satisfy all tastes - and even the pickiest kids.

Mary’s Milk Bar is one of Edinburgh’s brightest hidden gems, offering an array of scrumptious chocolates and gelatos guaranteed to please - all courtesy of the woman herself. With romantic sharers, creamy concoctions and any amount of exotic flavours up for grabs, Mary’s Milk Bar is heaven on earth for anyone harbouring a cheeky sweet tooth - oh, and it’s right on Edinburgh Castle’s doorstep.

Castle Terrace Restaurant is a Michelin Star holder and committed provider of superior quality cuisine to Scottish residents and visitors alike. The modern menu emanates gourmet cuisine, including exquisite a la carte and unique tasting options - packed with only the finest ingredients from appetisers to afters. Castle Terrace’s ‘From Nature to Plate’ philosophy means Edinburgh locals never have to sacrifice on freshness - and its stunning interior makes for quite a backdrop - a great place for eating out in Edinburgh. 

For more suggestions of some fab places to eat in Edinburgh visit our restaurant pages.

A Retail Therapy Refuge

Edinburgh is a city sure to satisfy any shopaholic. With a satisfying blend of nifty independent stores and comprehensive shopping centres, this city is a retail therapy sanctuary guaranteed to check all boxes. Ocean Terminal is Edinburgh’s most impressive shopping centre - with everything from major outlets and eateries to a spa and cinema, there’s nothing you could want that you won’t find here.

Taking Edinburgh’s unexplored back streets, you’ll stumble upon an array of indie retailers - from avant garde boutiques to hidden treasures and everything in between. With so much on offer, Edinburgh’s superior shopping scene is just one of its countless assets.

A City of Sound

Nationally renowned for its unique music scene, Edinburgh is home to some of the most weird and wonderful venues in Britain - each fit to burst with character and ambience. A refreshing departure from major scenes tainted by the commercial touch, Edinburgh’s humble venues are celebrated and credible.

Henry’s Cellar Bar is a very important musical venue home to underground favourites and exciting up-and-comers. Intimate and unpretentious, Henry’s reputation precedes him - with iconic interiors and impressive national renown just two of the jewels in this particular crown.

The Electric Circus is a spectral marvel - providing off-the-wall live music and private parties in a space that can only be described as pure, unadulterated eye candy. With live bands most nights, the Circus is a relentless entertainment centre every bona fide Edinburgh resident should experience for themselves.

A Cultural Capital

Edinburgh is a city committed to culture, with an array of diverse and unmissable museums as well as a host of internationally acclaimed events. Access to a proverbial all-you-can-eat buffet of film, music and comedy makes Edinburgh one of Britain’s hottest cultural spots - so there’s no excuse to ever be bored in this city.

Each June, locals and visitors alike are treated to the famous Edinburgh International Film Festival, where ambitious independents come to prominence - while August brings the illustrious Fringe Festival, recognised globally as the largest arts festival on the planet. Bringing together musicians, comedians, poets, dancers and much more in a fusion of talent and experimentation, the Fringe is perhaps Edinburgh’s greatest bragging right - and it’ll be yours too, as an honorary resident.

If you’re ready to take the leap and get into Edinburgh, we can help. Whether you’re going it alone or bringing the family along, this handy guide to the capital will guarantee your big move is an exciting and gratifying one. We’ll see you soon.

Thanks to Removal Services Scotland for providing this blog.

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