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.
- Go to “BRGR”! Good burger, fries and drinks for two under 20£.
- Go to the car boot sale at Westside Parking on sunday mornings! I loved it!!
- Try Haggis!
- Best coffee to work, plenty of places, plugs and good wifi: Brew Lab Coffee
- Princess street Starbucks was my other favorite
- Best scottish Croissant at Patisserie Valerie
- Go to the sea front (Portobello) and visit “Tower Amusements”, even more recommended if you are a fan of Stranger Things.
- There are many free museums in Edinburgh, go visit some!
- Need groceries? go to LIDL best value for the money in Edinburgh.
- Do you like books? visit Blackwell’s, a huge bookshop near the University.
- 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£!
- 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.
- Traditional Scottish and Edinburgh Food
- Cheap restaurants
- Best Fish & Chips
- Best breakfasts
- Best restaurants
1. Traditional Scottish and Edinburgh Food
- Full Scottish Breakfast! More on this in Best breakfasts section
- Scotch Broth
- Oatcakes (or Bannocks)
- Porridge Boiled oatmeal
- Nairn’s Oat Biscuits
- Crowdie Cheese
- Crabbie’s Ginger Beer 2 centuries old
- Cullen Skink Soup
- Scotch Eggs
- Leek and tattie soup
- Scottish salmon
- Bangers and mash
- Black Pudding
- Tunnock’s Milk Chocolate Tea Cakes
- Scottish tablet
- Tunnock’s Caramel
- Shortbread The traditional Scotland biscuit
- Sticky toffee pudding
2. Cheap restaurants
- Wings Chicken wings with freak decoration
- Maki & Ramen (13 West Richmond St)
- Kebab Mahal Curry! (7 Nicolson Square)
- Oink Pulled pork
- Ting Thai Caravan
- Bross Bagels
- Lucky Yu Gyozas
- Union of Genius Soups! closes at 4pm
- Tupiniquim Brazilian street food (crepes)
- Paradise Palms American diner inspired Vegetarian & Vegan food (Mains around 8 pounds)
- meltmongers Breakfasts and Sandwiches (around 5-6 pounds)
- Taste of Italy Italian caffé and take away
- [The High Dive] Pizza (also brunch)
3. Best Fish & Chips
- St Andrews It seems this italian restaurant at Portobello has the best Fish & Chips from Edinburgh according to Kakibot channel
- Globetrotter around 7 pounds
- City Restaurant Two floors restaurant at 33 Nicolson Street.
4. Best Breakfasts
- Brochan Veggie breakfast (Oaks Machine!)
- Dishoom Bombay Cafe Indian restaurant (unlimited chai)
- Snax Cafe Cheap scottish breakfast
- The City Cafe Big breakfast american style (till 10pm!)
- Mimi’s bakehouse Cakes (expensive!)
- Kcal Kitchen Healthy eating
- Roseleaf *Be careful, it seems it changed after being closed for refit (not for good)
5. Best Restaurants
- The Piemaker Typical Scotch Pie, appropiate for cold days.
- The Pakora Bar Indian restaurant (Haggis pakora!)
- A Room in Leith Game & Seafood Bar (ask for scotch eggs!)
- Cafe Piccante Best (if we can use “best” for this) typical deep fried mars
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