This is where it all started. The Royal Mile - the backbone of the Old Town that leads from Edinburgh Castle down to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament - has seen centuries of Edinburgh life.
An easy walking distance from Edinburgh Waverley Train Station, the area is a must-see for every Edinburgh visitor.
Nestled in between the shops, restaurants, bars and pubs are closes, wynds and pends leading to hidden, tranquil gardens, gorgeous views over the city and pubs and eateries just waiting to be discovered. Filled with remnants and artifacts of the past mixed with the contemporary, this is Old Edinburgh, blending charmingly with the 21st century.
The Castle at the top of the Royal Mile affords panoramic views across the north and south of Edinburgh, while in the summer it's the setting for concerts and music acts, as well as the world famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Every August the Royal Mile is filled with entertainers and comedians as the Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe fill the city with the most exciting and diverse talent from across the planet.
The Royal Mile has also provided the backdrop for big screen adventures, the most recent being Avengers: Infinity War, which saw a fight scene culminate in Edinburgh Waverley train station. If you're an Outlander fan, a quick detour down Bakehouse Close near the old Tolbooth will find you retracing Jamie and Claire's season three footsteps.
The Old Town's winding streets are reminiscent of, and are said to have provided inspiration for, locations in the Harry Potter books, and taking a walk down Cockburn Street or Victoria Street with their steep winding incline and tall buildings, you'll quickly realise why.
Victoria Street will lead you to the Grassmarket, affording stunning views up to the Castle, as it dominates above you in one of the city's most vibrant areas. Here, over 90% of the businesses are independently owned.
The Grassmarket meets the Cowgate, a street running parallel to the Royal Mile and connected by numerous steep closes, lined with exciting bars and restaurants popular with students and festival goers, with venues tucked away into the city's ancient vaults, hosting club nights and monthly parties.