Random Questions: Anyone in Edinburgh?


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figurine
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5892 posts since 14/5/07

9 Jul 2019 07:51
Flying to Edinburgh and renting a car later in the year, spending most of the day doing touristy shit before heading east. Are we better parking outside the city and getting the bus/train in or is driving round and parking in the centre of Edinburgh not too bad?
andymakesglasses
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20393 posts since 26/1/06

9 Jul 2019 08:21
jacko198 wrote: In Edinburgh for the week for, staying in Leith.

Woodland Creatures, Leith Depot and Boda Bar are all decent pubs on Leith Walk. Martin Wishart's supposed to be good for food (never been though).

Buses 10, 11 and 16 (all from Leith Walk or thereabouts) will all take you up into the city centre. There's usually at least one of those buses every 10 minutes or so right into the evenings.

The Scran and Scallie and the Southside Scran are both good for food. Lots of city centre bars if you want any specific recommendations.

If you want a change of scenery you can take the number 21 bus from Duke Street (near the bottom of Leith Walk) to Portobello beach, good for a weekend wander. Or walk west from Leith to Newhaven harbour.
andymakesglasses
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20393 posts since 26/1/06

posted 9 Jul 2019 08:26, edited 9 Jul 2019 08:26
figurine wrote: Flying to Edinburgh and renting a car later in the year, spending most of the day doing touristy shit before heading east. Are we better parking outside the city and getting the bus/train in or is driving round and parking in the centre of Edinburgh not too bad?

Are you picking up the car at the airport? If so then parking at Ingliston Park & Ride and getting the tram in probably makes the most sense.

Depending on the time of year parking can be pretty tough in the centre and it's pricey. You'll be £20 to £30 to park for the day in the centre.

There are other park & rides further east but they'd use buses rather than trams so are slightly less convenient.

https://www.lothianbuses.com/our-services/park-and-ride/
figurine
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5892 posts since 14/5/07

9 Jul 2019 09:00
Cheers Andy, Ingliston looks perfect.
Doogan
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731 posts since 13/4/14

9 Jul 2019 09:57
Parking is definitely a ballache.
figurine
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5892 posts since 14/5/07

14 Oct 2019 14:50
Any recommendations for a decent coffee shop somewhere near the castle? Also any recommendations to occupy a 2 year old for an hour or so in the same area? Probably just going to wander round Princes Street Gardens but looks like it might be wet.
DuffMan
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14378 posts since 21/2/07

14 Oct 2019 15:31
The museum of Scotland is great (can't fully vouch for 2 year olds but pretty sure it's quite kid friendly) and less than a 10 min walk away.
Tobypricec
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464 posts since 6/1/15

14 Oct 2019 19:46
Brew Lab is good for coffee, few minutes walk off the Royal Mile
figurine
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5892 posts since 14/5/07

15 Oct 2019 10:24
Cheers Duff and Toby, both look spot on.
jwool
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2698 posts since 16/2/10

posted 24 Jan 2020 13:58, edited 24 Jan 2020 13:58
Can anyone recommend anywhere topper for a few birthday drinks? Just me and missus for post birthday meal.

Our AirBnB and the restaurant are both near Grassmarket if that narrows it down.
andymakesglasses
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20393 posts since 26/1/06

posted 24 Jan 2020 14:12, edited 24 Jan 2020 14:12
Forth Floor Window Bar at Harvey Nichols for impressive views.

Bar Prince at The Balmoral for luxury.

Panda & Sons for something a bit "quirky".

The Devil’s Advocate for whisky.

The Voodoo Rooms for impressive decor, although it has a mixed clientele of a weekend.
jwool
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2698 posts since 16/2/10

24 Jan 2020 19:47
Knew you'd point me in the right direction. Cheers Cool
kozsie
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106 posts since 12/9/07

24 Jan 2020 21:38
Lady Libertine off St Andrews Sq.
Dee
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11591 posts since 22/11/07

2 Aug 2020 17:17
Any recommendations to eat places to hang out early evenings, prefer indies but have a 6yr old who isn't fussy, likes steak!
-DiscoTits-
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848 posts since 26/11/07

2 Aug 2020 17:27
Edinburgh has a hawksmoor, dishoom, ivy and the like nowadays. Dunno if they are open just now though.

There’s also a banging frenchie restaurant called l’escargot bleu which I highly recommend.
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848 posts since 26/11/07

2 Aug 2020 17:27
If you and the missus get away one night to yourself definitely go for a cocktail in Panda and Sons.
Doogan
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731 posts since 13/4/14

2 Aug 2020 17:36
-DiscoTits- wrote: Edinburgh has a hawksmoor, dishoom, ivy and the like nowadays. Dunno if they are open just now though.

There’s also a banging frenchie restaurant called l’escargot bleu which I highly recommend.

I was around that way earlier (St Andrew Square) and pretty sure they were all open. There's a Gaucho as well for steak.

Wildfire on Rose street is good.

Dee
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posted 2 Aug 2020 17:40, edited 2 Aug 2020 17:40
Cheers both. Landed at grassmarket which seems reasonably lively, will check some of those out ^
Hello World
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12136 posts since 7/3/05

2 Aug 2020 17:50
Went in Feb

+1 for voodoo rooms, hawksmoor, The black cat, hakataya, tani modi brunch house, Edinburgh press club.

Enjoyed them all.
Doogan
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731 posts since 13/4/14

2 Aug 2020 18:56
Dee wrote: Cheers both. Landed at grassmarket which seems reasonably lively, will check some of those out ^

Cold Town beer is a good pub in the Grassmarket