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We have created this guide of popular places to eat, takeaways, home delivery, and pubs to help you plan your Edinburgh holiday. A few require reservations and we can arrange this for you at not extra cost. All part of the Edinburgh Villa experience! Please note that we have not necessarily eaten at all these places but at most!
The Dome is a very old building with wonderful interior design and a novel place to eat. It is both a bar and restaurant, open 7 days a week and just a short walk from Princes Street. Recommended by Edinburgh Vill as a fine place to stop for lunch and cocktails during a days shopping! Lovely during the Christmas holidays (although reservations required!)
The Witchery by The Castle
Plan ahead for this one as reservations are a must to dine at the Witchery. A fine restaurant found at the gates of the Edinburgh castle in a 16th century building. Pierce Brosnan, Catherine Zeta Jones, Jack Nicholson and many other celebrities have eaten here. The place for anniversarys, valentines day and other special occasions. 0131 225 5613
Greggs the Bakers
Greggs is a bakery with many shops scattered around the city and extremely bad for the waist line! Scottish bakerys are usually extremely good and offer a large selection of lunch goodies such as macaroni pies, sausage rolls and individual cakes. If you're hungry or planning a picnic try their fresh baked pastries! Recommended for on the go!
The Khukuri - A Nepalese Restaurant
Located in nearby Haymarket and personally recommended by Edinburgh Villa. Serving a tasty variety of Nepalese dishes. Many returning customers (including us). Takeaway and delivery service also available. 0131 228 2085
A small group of restaurants scattered throughout Scotland, each with their own individual menus and personality. There are 4 Howies located in Edinburgh. Victoria Street, a 2 minute walk from the Royal Mile, Bruntsfield Place in a lovely former Georgian Bank, Waterloo Place - a 200yr old Georgian building located at the east end of Princes Street and One Alva Place, a one minute walk from the west end of Princes Street. Visit their website to print out their latest special offer coupons.
Harvey Nichols is located just off Princes Street on St Andrews square. This 5 floor store has a 4th floor pricey restaurant, bar and brasserie. Wonderful views of Edinburgh city and the Firth of Forth. Make an online reservation here 0131 524 8350
Buffet King Chinese Dining
We have no idea about the food here but you may wish to visit the restaurant anyway. This was formerly a cafe called Nicolsons where J.K. Rowling created and wrote part of her first book in the Harry Potter series. Nicolson Street.
Twice voted by the AA as having the best wine list in Scotland. This centrally located restaurant, established 1993 is popular with the locals.
Edinburgh Self Catering Villa has a nearby fish and chip shop that also delivers if you don't fancy the walk... or if it's raining, which has been known to happen!
Edinburgh Self Catering Victorian Villa
Charming house with garden for holiday rentals
Bars and Clubs
The Sheep Heid Inn - A 20 minute walk from the city centre or take the 44 or 4 bus from Princes Street. The Sheep Heid Inn is Edinburghs oldest pub. Food is served from 12pm and the skittle alley which is reputed to be the oldest in the world can be hired per hour. Beer garden too!
The Tiger Lily - George Street
Downstairs club called Lulu.
Tonic - North Castle Street
Regarded as Edinburghs premier cocktail bar. Small and mod.
Lovely outdoor roof terrace with amazing views. Lounge bar and restaurant. Tony (the chef) was awarded the prestigious title of ITV Chef of The Year 2000.
Frequented by Prince William in his student days. Pink walls, casino nights, Asian style food, cocktails and regular DJ nights.
Bar Kohl - 54 George IV Bridge
A Vodka lovers must!
The Hawes Inn - South QueensferryFor those with a car, a visit to the Historical Hawes Inn is a must! The Hawes Inn is located in South Queensferry right under the forth railway bridge. Dating back to the 17th century, the pub was an inspiration for Edinburgh author Robert Louis Stevenson. In 1886 he stayed in Room 13. The story of Kidnapped has the character David Balfour abducted from this lodge.
The Inn was also used as a hospital for workers injured whilst building the Forth Railway Bridge.
Edinburgh - A Good Food Guide
The Queens Arms Pub on Frederick Street. Food available too. Recommended!