How to Spend Valentine's Day 2020 in Edinburgh
20 January 2020
- Valentine's Day
[Image credit: Fingal Edinburgh]
Whether you have been together for two days, two months, two years, or what feels like two lifetimes, we have collated a list of Valentine’s date ideas in Edinburgh that will make your day extra special. From day dates to the more unusual experiences, make sure you treat your Valentine on the most romantic day of the year.
Day Date Ideas
MARY’S MILK BAR
Mary’s Milk Bar takes its inspiration from the incredibly popular milk bars in Britain throughout the 1920s to 1960s. Cute for a day date, the Milk Bar prides itself on the unusual flavours and textures it has to offer. With ice cream, chocolate and a castle view, it would be hard to get a Valentine’s date wrong in this wee gem.
Top tip: Order a hot chocolate milk float on a chilly day, you will not regret it!
Mary's Milk Bar (website), 19 Grassmarket, EH1 2HS (Re-opens Thursday 6 February 2020)
GORDON STREET COFFEE
If you are you planning to be out and about this Valentine’s Day, why not take a break from the cold and relax at Gordon St Coffee, where they roast their own coffee using traditional methods of sight and sound to ensure the best roast every time. It’s the perfect pick me up for you and your date on Valentines.
Gordon Street Coffee (website), 6 Market St, EH1 1DE
DUNBAR CLOSE GARDEN
This close just off the Royal Mile is where Robert Burns enjoyed wine and women. There are a handful of small independent coffee shops nearby to grab a cuppa then meet here in order to woo your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.
Dunbar Close Garden, 137 Canongate, EH8 8BW
The Great Outdoors
SUNRISE ON ARTHUR’S SEAT
Planned or unplanned – this will be one of the best things you will ever do in Edinburgh. The breath-taking sky will blow you away. Set your alarms, take a breakfast picnic and head to Arthur’s Seat for a very romantic start to your Valentine’s Day.
Calton Hill offers some of the best panoramic views of the city. Definitely worth the walk up the hill to be rewarded with a spectacular viewpoint over Edinburgh and its skyline – perfect place for a romantic wander this Valentine’s Day. While up there, why not grab a bite to eat at The Lookout. The restaurant offers incredible views of the city and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week.
The Lookout (website), Calton Hill, EH7 5AA
THE WATER OF LEITH
For peace and tranquillity within the city centre, the Water of Leith is perfect for a gentle stroll. Despite being minutes away from the city’s hustle and bustle, you can feel like you are in the heart of the countryside. Stop off in Stockbridge for a spot of lunch or enjoy a cocktail and dinner at the end of the walkway in one of Leith’s stylish bars and restaurants.
Take a trip to see Edinburgh’s most notorious lovebirds –Tian Tian and Yang Guang! Between all the animal enclosures, talks and the Penguin Parade, there is plenty to chat about! If you fancy a nibble, visit one of the three dining venues the Zoo offers.
Edinburgh Zoo (website) 134 Corstorphine Rd, EH12 6TS
For an extra special Valentine's meal, enjoy Scottish fine dining at one of Edinburgh's iconic dining experiences. Secluded away in the shadows of Edinburgh Castle, the atmosphere of the ancient dining room and the candle-lit secret garden is hard to beat. Add an extra touch of luxury to Valentine’s Day and stay in one of The Witchery's magical suites, complete with breakfast hamper, in sumptuous surroundings
The Witchery (website), Castle Hill, The Royal Mile, EH1 2NF
Tucked away above the shops of Victoria Street, the Grain Store restaurant is perhaps one of Edinburgh's most romantic places to dine. Enjoy an intimate meal of lovingly-prepared food in one of the hidden candle-lit alcoves, with beautiful views of the West Bow and the Old Town.
Grain Store (website), 30 Victoria Street, EH1 2JW
For the ultimate luxury dining and hotel experience, look no further than Fingal. Berthed in Leith and sister ship to the Royal Yacht Britannia, Fingal, is a world-class destination with unique luxury cabins, decks for stargazing and the luxurious Lighthouse Bar, making it the perfect romantic dinner and hotel location.
Fingal (website), Alexandra Dock, EH6 7DX
Dine with a view
NOR’LOFT, MARKET STREET HOTEL
This Valentine’s Day, discover Edinburgh from a uniquely new perspective on the 7th floor rooftop Champagne Lounge at Market Street Hotel in the city’s Old Town. Enjoy delicious flavours and take in the backdrop of Edinburgh’s iconic skyline through the full height windows and rooftop terraces.
Nor’Loft, Market Street Hotel (website), 6 Market St, EH1 1DE
Perched on top of Calton Hill, The Lookout offers spectacular floor-to-ceiling views across the cobbled city streets, spires and out toward the Firth Of Forth beyond. A visit here is sure to make for a memorable Valentine’s Day.
The Lookout (website), Calton Hill, EH7 5AA
THE TOWER RESTAURANT
There are few restaurants with a more impressive setting than Edinburgh’s The Tower Restaurant. With a combination of outstanding scenery and a menu to die for, a visit here cannot be missed. Located above the iconic Museum of Scotland, The Tower Restaurant boasts a menu where Scottish produce is the main event with seared hand-dived scallops from the shores of Mull and haggis from Dingwall to name a few delicious dishes. The Tower also offers Brunch, Lunch and Dinner menus, and even Afternoon Tea so you can find the perfect dining option for you and your partner!
The Tower Restaurant (website), National Museum Of Scotland, Chambers Street, EH1 1JF
TWENTY PRINCES STREET
This restaurant is tucked away, just up a flight of stairs off Princes Street. Complete with views of Edinburgh Castle, this idyllic setting and scrumptious menu is enough to woo your Valentine. Sip on a cocktail or two and nibble on any of their delicious treats from the Josper Grill, you will realise that Twenty’s definitely plenty on arguably the most romantic day of the year.
Twenty Princes Street (website), 20 Princes Street, EH2 2AN
A rooftop restaurant with a mouth-watering menu, Chaophraya has a brilliant atmosphere, infusing Thai cuisine with Edinburgh’s magnificent surroundings. With floor to ceiling glass panels framing the restaurant’s dining area, the food and setting in the heart of Edinburgh’s city centre will astonish you.
Chaophraya (website), 4th Floor, 33 Castle Street, EH2 3DN
MERCAT TOURS: SIN IN THE CITY – VALENTINE’S SPECIAL
Valentine’s Day isn’t just for loved up couples. In fact, if you hate all that slushy stuff, Mercat Tours has the perfect night out for you! Book on their alternative Valentine’s walking tour and learn about some of the city’s naughtiest residents, from James Boswell who had a thing for tree bark (!) to the madams of Edinburgh’s seedy establishments. It’s the perfect alternative Valentine’s night out, and finishes with a glass of fizz in the atmospheric candlelit cellar.
Mercat Tours (website) 28 Blair St, EH1 1QR
DEPARTMENT OF MAGIC
Another option for the alternative Valentine’s date – and perfect for any fan of the wizarding world! With two escape games to choose from, you can either save the world of witchcraft and wizardry on the Prophecies Quest, or dabble in the dark side and help resurrect the wicked Dark Lord.
Saving the world can be thirsty work, so after you have completed your magical challenge, enjoy a butterbeer or two in the Magic Potions Tavern.
Department of Magic (website), 9 Blair Street, EH1 1QR
Dominion is Edinburgh’s cosiest cinema. With seats that recline and small intimidate screenings, this friendly cinema and relaxing atmosphere is the place to have a cinema date in Edinburgh.
Top Tip: Go First Class and stroll past the box-office queues straight to your recliner sofa where you’ll enjoy table service throughout your film.
Dominion Cinema (website), 18 Newbattle Terrace, EH10 4RT
CAMERA OBSCURA AND WORLD OF ILLUSIONS
Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura and World of Illusions has been delighting and fascinating visitors for over 175 years. Whether you’re 22 or 62, Camera Obscura offers fun for couples of all ages. And you never know if the date goes well, you could get hitched by a robotic wedding machine all for the bargain price of £1.
Top Tip: Take a visit up to their rooftop for incredible views over the city.
Camera Obscura and World of Illusions (website), Castlehill, The Royal Mile, EH1 2ND