The West End is a hive of unique eating and drinking spots, each with their own individual personality.
If you fancy a bit of pampering, no visit to Edinburgh would be complete without experiencing a relaxing visit to The Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa. Offering fantastic dining and drinking options at their in-house bar and brasserie, One Square has an impressive variety of over 70 gins – including one of their very own!
Talking of gin, be sure to enjoy a cheeky glass in the intriguing Heads & Tales bar tucked under Rutland Place. As this is the home of the iconic Edinburgh Gin, you enjoy your refreshing G&T while you watch the next batch of gin being distilled nearby. Or if you fancy creating your own, make sure you book yourself into one of the Distillery Tour Experiences.
Whigham’s Wine Cellars is a classy joint with its candle-lit basement surroundings often hosting jazz sessions and wine tasting nights. If whisky is more your thing then head over to Teuchters where they have an extensive selection to choose from.
For more informal dining, burger and cocktail fans are in for a treat at Sygn, while Ghillie Dhu is an impressive venue serving up towering burgers and spiced-up haggis as well as music and weekly ceilidhs. For a thoroughly modern bar restaurant, try The Huxley, or Edinburgh’s first gourmet steak restaurant, Kyloe Grill.
(image credit: The Huxley)
Lunch on the go
Montreal style bagels filled with NYC deli fillings can be found in Bross Bagels, while Dean Bridge Deli has the freshest coffee, most delicious breakfast rolls and pastries and lots of lunchtime goodies. Sustainability, well-being and community are at the core of Roots Deli and Salad Bar, where around three quarters of their menu is vegetarian, and at least half of that is vegan.
Formerly the Princes Street train station concourse and ticket office, Peacock Alley within the Waldorf Astoria Edinburg, beautifully combines Scottish history and contemporary 5-star grandeur - the perfect setting for Champagne Afternoon Tea.