Edinburgh Bucket List

My Edinburgh Bucket List!

Attractions | Food & Drink | Night Life

Attractions

  • ✅  [Jan. 15] Hike up Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park and get an unbeatable view of the city.
  • ✅  [Jan. 21] Tour the iconic Edinburgh Castle, whose large stone silhouette dominates the city from above.
  • ✅  [Jan. 14] Walk through Edinburgh’s Old Town, the cultural and historical center of the city. Take in the charming stone buildings that line the Royal Mile.
  • Visit the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh to learn more about the country and its history.
  • Relax and have a picnic on the lush green grass at Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens.
  • ✅  [Jan. 25] Buy something plaid
  • ✅  [Jan. 19] Drink at the Game of Thrones Bar
  • Have afternoon tea at the Elephant House in Edinburgh— it’s where J.K. Rowling sat and wrote some of her early Harry Potter novels.
  • ✅  [Feb. 1] Go shopping along Princes Street
  • ✅  [Jan. 28] Visit Rosslyn Chapel – famous because of Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code
  • ✅  [Jan.24] Climb Calton Hill
  • Visit Holyrood Palace, The Queen’s Official Scotland Residence
  • Visit Dean’s Village
  • Ride a tram
  • Take a stroll through the Meadows
  • ✅  [Feb. 4] Watch a Rugby game
  • Catch a film at the Cameo – one of the oldest running theater’s in Edinburgh
  • Scale Scott’s Monument
  • Visit the Scottish National Gallaries – comprising the Scottish National Gallery, the Portrait Gallery, and the Gallery of Modern Art
  • Visit the Scottish National Library – a copy write library, meaning it has a copy of every book ever written in the UK
  • ✅  [Feb. 7] Take a graveyard/ghost tour – apparently Edinburgh is one of the most haunted cities
  • Watch a play at the Traverse – a theater for new writing in Edinburgh
  • Count the stars at the Royal Observatory on Blackford Hill
  • ✅   Visit Victoria Street – a super cute and picturesque shopping street
  • Watch the sunrise on top of Arthur’s seat
  • Visit Portobello Beach
  • ✅  [Feb.4] Go to a Scottish Dance Club
  • Beat an escape room – preferably the one in Summerhall (http://www.summerhall.co.uk/2015/locked-in-edinburgh/)
  • ✅  [March 12] Walk the Water of Leith Walkway and the Union Canal (just part of it)
  • Visit Cramond Island – check the tide times before you head out there to ensure you don’t get cut off by the tide.
  • Visit the Edinburgh Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Take a breather in Dr Neil’s Garden, one of Edinburgh’s most secret gardens, but is one of beauty and a place for inspiration, meditation and contemplation.
  • Walk through the Kyoto Friendship Garden and Lauriston Castle Grounds – hidden Japanese garden is full of blossoming trees in Spring

Food & Drink

Coffee Shops

  • Artisan Roast
  • ✅  Black Medicine – Really great place to study! Tons of seating and plugs. Wifi available.
  • Brew Lab
  • Café Renroc
  • Cairngorm Coffee Company
  • Coffee Machina
  • Dovecot Café
  • Forest Café
  • Fortitude Coffee
  • ✅  Kilomanjaro – Good for coffee and chatting, relatively small, no wifi.
  • Leo’s Beanary
  • Love Crumb
  • Lowdown Coffee
  • Nero’s Café
  • ✅  Peter’s Yard – conveniently on campus, no wifi, tends to be packed.
  • The Caffeine Drip
  • The Chocolate Tree
  • The Elephant House
  • The Roamin Nose
  • Wellington Coffee

Breakfast Places

  • Falko Konditermeister
  • La Barastore
  • Lionness of Leith
  • Loudon’s Bakery and café
  • ✅  [March 12] Mimi’s Bakehouse
  • RoseLeaf
  • Spoon
  • The Pantry
  • Urban Angel
  • Word of Mouth

Cocktail Bars & Pubs

  • ✅  [March 13] Badger and Co.
  • ✅  [Feb 24] Bramble Bar and Lounge
  • ✅  [March 15] Dragonfly
  • Epicurean
  • Heads and Tales Gin Bar
  • Juniper
  • ✅  [March 15] Lebowskis
  • Lucky Liquor Co
  • One Square
  • Panda and Sons
  • Paradise Palms
  • Peartree
  • Port O’Leith
  • Printing Press Bar & Kitchen
  • The Blind Poet
  • The Bon Vivant
  • The Bow Bar
  • The Café Royal Circle Bar
  • ✅  [March 15] The Devil’s Advocate
  • The Dome
  • The Royal Oak
  • The Last Drop
  • The Last Word Saloon
  • The Voodoo Rooms
  • The Westroom
  • Tigerlily
  • Under the Stairs

Other

  • ✅  [March 12] Angels with Bagpipes
  • Kitchin
  • Manna House Bakery & Patisserie

Night Life

  • Cabaret Voltaire
  • Cav
  • Electric Circus
  • Lulu
  • Silk
  • Sneaky Pete’s
  • The Annexe
  • The Bongo Club
  • The Hive
  • The Jazz Bar
  • The Liquid Room
  • The Wee Red Bar
  • Why Not Night Club