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Edinburgh's Hidden Gems

VisitScotlandLiamVisitScotlandLiam Member, Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
These are some of Edinburgh's best kept secrets when it comes to places to eat, drink, see and do.  How many have you been to, what other hidden gems in Edinburgh can you think of?

Maison De Moggy – Release your inner feline at Maison de Moggy, Scotland’s first ever cat café.  With a range of different breeds of cats to talk to and play with whilst having a cuppa and a cake, this truly is the best place for all cat lovers in Edinburgh!


Panda & Sons – Arguably Edinburgh’s most well-hidden cocktail bar!  Walking past, it looks like a retro barber shop, but you have to delve inside, through the secret bookcase to get down into the bar.  With an extensive cocktail, wine and craft beer list, Panda & Sons is a brilliant find and a really cool place to have a drink.


Leith and Stockbridge Market – Held every Saturday, these markets are a great place to pick up some local produce as well as some filling street food.  On the first Saturday of every month, the market also holds its own vegan stall too.


Lauriston Castle – A beautiful castle with beautiful views over the North Sea.  Why not take a walk through the Japanese Gardens, take a tour of the castle, or catch one of the costumed shows in the grounds.  You can also take a walk along Cramond beach for an ice cream once you’re done!


Dean Village – A 19th century village that was famous for its water mills.  You can take a walk back in time by wandering through this village, seeing sights like, St. Bernard’s Well and Well Court.  Just a five minute walk from Princes Street, visiting the village is a no-brainer!


Wings – Exactly what it says on the tin!  The only restaurant in Edinburgh specifically dedicated to chicken wings.  With 7 different categories, loads of different varieties and an array of heat levels, Wings literally has it all when it comes to, well, wings!  The walls are lathered in sci-fi memorabilia, definitely a place for a chicken lover.


National Museum of Scotland Rooftop Terrace – Located on the 7th floor of the National Museum, the rooftop terrace is often missed by visitors.  You will struggle to find a better view of the city from here, it is a beautiful terrace with a view of almost everything.  There is also a map telling you what you are looking at in each direction if you aren’t too familiar with the Edinburgh skyline.

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  • JeremyJeremy Member ✭✭
    If you're after great coffee there is a little shop called Caffeine Drip, I used to work beside it and miss their coffee. You need to go downstairs and it is often packed at lunch time with locals. 

    Portions are huge and there is often quite a few good slices and their new burgers are divine. I believe half the menu is vegan with heaps of GF options.
  • VisitScotlandPatriciaVisitScotlandPatricia Member, Moderator
    Contini Scottish Restaurant & Cafe is based in the Scottish National Gallery on Princess Street. Here you can find good Scottish Food and reasonably priced.
  • VisitScotlandJulieVisitScotlandJulie Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    edited September 2017
    The Mansefield Traquair Centre is magnificent - also known as Edinburgh's Sistine Chapel. You can visit on monthly open days or take an informative tour by advance appointment. At this former church, you can find the beautifully-restored murals completed in 1901 by the wonderful Phoebe Anna Traquair. The space is also available as a unique event venue.
  • EdinBrawGaryEdinBrawGary VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭
    Great list @VisitScotlandLiam, another great hidden gem for cocktail lovers is Bryant & Mack Private Detectives. You could walk by it and never know it's there. Incredible cocktails and super secret!

    Gary Wood - Blogger at EdinBraw - The Best of Edinburgh
    Passionate about Edinburgh's food and festival scene and slowly starting to explore Scotland. 
    Find me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook
  • FullStopNextChapterFullStopNextChapter VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    Oooo thanks @VisitScotlandLiam. I think I will try and find the cocktail bar nearer to Christmas. 

    The Sheep Heid Inn is already on my list @VisitScotlandMuriel. The menu there looks scrummy
    Join in my new chapter over on the blog. Discovering all things that make Scotland the place everyone wants to visit. 

  • EdinBrawGaryEdinBrawGary VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭
    Love The Sheep Heid Inn, we went as a group and played skittles - so much fun! 
    Gary Wood - Blogger at EdinBraw - The Best of Edinburgh
    Passionate about Edinburgh's food and festival scene and slowly starting to explore Scotland. 
    Find me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook
  • SmidgeSmidge VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    My favourite gems are:

    • The Pitt Street Market food, drink and music on the weekends (check its has reopened! in Bonnington, take buses 11, 7 and 14)
    • Discovering castles on the the Shore Walk from Cramond to Queensferry
    • The Secret Herb Garden on Old Pentland Road
    • On the outskirts of the city is Retropolis a vintage store – a bit of a rummage, but great fun
    • For food, don't miss The Table Edinburgh where two chefs serve a seven-course fine dining tasting menu for just 10 lucky diners.
    Kate - Scotland / outdoor blogger at Love From Scotland
    Climbs hills, takes pictures. Likes remotes places.
    Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

  • ShaunVlogShaunVlog Member ✭✭
    Some really great suggestions. I'm an Edinburgh local and would struggle to add to that.
    Shaun - Scottish vlogger/content creator
    Check out my Scottish travel vlogs on YouTube: /shaunvlog
    and Instagram: @shaunvlog

  • There are some great suggestions there, I would also add Craigmillar Castle to the list.  Its about a 20 min bus ride from the city centre (take either the no 14 or 30 bus from north bridge),  it is a fun place to explore with lots of winding levels and the top floor offers a great view looking back towards the city.
  • FullStopNextChapterFullStopNextChapter VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭
    edited July 2018
    I discovered Gladstone's Land on the Royal Mile yesterday. I must have walked past this place a hundred times. 

    It is one of the the oldest properties in the Old Town and belonged to Thomas Gladstone, a wealthy merchant of the time. A brilliant incite into tenement life in Edinburgh 500 years ago.

    So not so much as hidden because it stares you in the face but it is very unassuming. 

    Join in my new chapter over on the blog. Discovering all things that make Scotland the place everyone wants to visit. 

  • Liam123Liam123 Member ✭✭
    Great pictures  <3
  • icecrystalicecrystal Member
    I'm terribly sentimental, but I'd really encourage you to see the bronze of Greyfriars Bobby in Edinburgh Old Town.  It's a lovely place and a great story (which may - or may not!  be true.)
  • @fullstopnextchapter The photos are beautiful. We will try to visit Gladstone's Land when we are in Edinburgh.
  • JemyJemy Member ✭✭
    If you haven't tried it Harmonium has a great menu which is all plant based and tasty -
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