This was my second trip to Edinburgh, I was there for two weeks for the first time in 2016 and now we were there for one month. Both times using AirBnB for accommodation (we hired a room, not an entire flat! Edinburgh center is not cheap!).

We finished our month in Edinburgh, here are our fast tips!

  • Scottish breakfast any time of the day CHEAP and GOOD? go to Snax Cafe!! there are like 2 or 3 in Edinburgh. Snax Cafe
  • Go to “BRGR”! Good burger, fries and drinks for two under 20£. BRGR
  • Go to the car boot sale at Westside Parking on sunday mornings! I loved it!! Edinburgh car boot sale
  • Try Haggis! Haggis
  • Best coffee to work, plenty of places, plugs and good wifi: Brew Lab Coffee Brew Lab Coffee
  • Princess street Starbucks was my other favorite Starbucks Princess Street Starbucks Princess Street
  • Best scottish Croissant at Patisserie Valerie Patisserie Valerie
  • Go to the sea front (Portobello) and visit “Tower Amusements”, even more recommended if you are a fan of Stranger Things. Tower Amusements Tower Amusements
  • There are many free museums in Edinburgh, go visit some! Edinburgh Scottish National Gallery
  • Need groceries? go to LIDL best value for the money in Edinburgh. LIDL Edinburgh
  • Do you like books? visit Blackwell’s, a huge bookshop near the University. Blackwells Edinburgh
  • Need to send a package or two? use parcel2go, you can use a drop off point. We sent a 10kg box to Spain for 17£! parcel2go
  • Will you stay for more than a couple days? whatever you do don’t choose an AirBnb shared with several rooms to rent! We did it and we won’t do it again, staying a month is too much people around! go far from the center if you need it to raise the price, buses are always around if you need to go to the center.


  1. Traditional Scottish and Edinburgh Food
  2. Cheap restaurants
  3. Best Fish & Chips
  4. Best breakfasts
  5. Best restaurants

1. Traditional Scottish and Edinburgh Food

  • Full Scottish Breakfast! More on this in Best breakfasts section Full Scottish
  • Haggis Haggis
  • Scotch Broth Scotch Broth
  • Oatcakes (or Bannocks) Bannocks
  • Porridge Boiled oatmeal Porridge
  • Nairn’s Oat Biscuits Nairn's Oatcakes
  • Crowdie Cheese Crowdie Cheese
  • Crabbie’s Ginger Beer 2 centuries old Crabbie's Ginger Beer
  • Cullen Skink Soup Cullen Skink Soup
  • Scotch Eggs Scotch Eggs
  • Leek and tattie soup Leek and tattie soup
  • Scottish salmon Scottish salmon
  • Bangers and mash Bangers and mash
  • Black Pudding Black Pudding


  • Tunnock’s Milk Chocolate Tea Cakes Tunnock's Milk Chocolate Tea Cakes
  • Scottish tablet Scottish tablet
  • Tunnock’s Caramel Tunnock's Caramel
  • Shortbread The traditional Scotland biscuit Shortbread
  • Sticky toffee pudding Sticky toffee pudding

2. Cheap restaurants

3. Best Fish & Chips

4. Best Breakfasts

5. Best Restaurants

6. What to see

  • Scottish parliament
  • The Royal Mile
  • Holyrood Palace
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Princess Street Gardens
  • National Museum of Scotland Free
  • National portrait gallery Free
  • Museum of Modern Art Free
  • Greyfriers Kirkyard Free