With the city’s staggering beauty, cobbled streets, and colourful characters as your backdrop, Edinburgh truly is where wonderful memories are made. Edinburgh – affectionately known as Auld Reekie – is bustling with great food, vibrant nightlife and world-class whisky. Soak up the endless charisma of this splendid city and some of the city’s top nosh with our 24 hour guide to Edinburgh.
Before you get started, be sure to drop your bags at Roomzzz Aparthotels Edinburgh. We are only five minutes away from the Waverly Street Station inside the St James Quarters and we are more than happy to help you take a load off!
SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP AT THE ST JAMES QUARTERS’
Whether you’re a shopaholic or a fashionista, this shopping centre in the heart of Edinburgh is perfect for you. Bringing together brands from global to local, St James Quarters has everything that you can think of. The Quarter is bustling with high-end brands from H&M to Zara, Other Stories to Kurt Geiger and so much more! Feel free to check out the St James Quarter website for more information! Get lost in the striking charms of St James Quarters without the worry of being exhausted after a long day of roaming, eating and shopping; our super comfy, king sized beds will take care of it later, but for now just take it all in! We recommend a hearty brunch to kick start your adventure in the city at Bonnie & Wild, right here in the centre.
HEAD OUTDOORS TO THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN EDINBURGH
The divine meal you just had is probably dancing around in your belly, so why not go on a walk to digest? The Royal Botanical Gardens is only a stroll away! Its history stretches all the way back to 1670, when doctors Robert Sibbald and Andrew Balfour leased a small plot of land in Holyrood Park and set about creating Edinburgh’s first ‘physic garden’. The garden is wonderfully calming and being surrounded by lush greenery, you’ll feel the stress melting away slowly; the proper way to spend your time away from home. You can spend hours wandering around, breathing in the deep, herby scent of foliage and damp earth, and marvelling at the incredible diversity of the natural world. This spot is your escape from the hustle and bustle going around you and in your mind.
TAKE A TRIP TO THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND
Once you have snapped a quick selfie with the amazing National Museum as your backdrop, it’s time that you head straight to the journey of discovery through the history of Scotland, the wonders of nature, art and design, science and technology, and world cultures – all under one roof! Whether you have curious little ones or are travelling with friends or are on a solo trip, there’s plenty of stuff to keep you busy. For your little ones, why not try picking your fav trail and get onto a mission of catching The Giant Benandonner, or you might even join baby King Penguin to get ready for a winter celebration. From visiting the Grand Gallery, to travelling back into time through history, close encounters with creatures from different habitats in Animal World, to striking a pose in the fashion and art gallery. There’s so much to do that we are sure you’ll find something to enjoy. Just letting you know in advance: you might have trouble getting your kids (and you) to leave!
DINE-IN AT THE SPOOKIEST – THE WITCHERY BY THE CASTLE
A short walk away is the 16th century spooky building wherein a moody, magical, and Gothic place lies; The Witchery right by the castle. Not only is this place dwelled in a deep, dark history of James VI’s witch trials, but it’s also famous for attracting tourists, locals and celebrities who see this as their regular haunt whilst in the heart of the capital. You’ll immediately gel with the ghostly and gothic vibe when you step in. Candleholders with crow’s feet, bouquets of blood-red roses, and napkins tied with a crimson ribbon awaits your deadly presence.
Not only the restaurant hits you with a wow factor but the richness of food will leave you spell-bound. Scottish produce is unsurprisingly at the fore, and while the steak tartare is largely punted as a must-try signature dish, it’s hard to beat the Isle of Mull scallops, or the rich and plentiful lamb wellington for two. The wine list, boasting 800 suggestions will be a perfect start to the evening.
CATCH A SHOW AT THE STAND COMEDY CLUB
The boutique city is anything but sleepy when the sun goes down. And if you’re up for a laugh you’re in for a treat at The Stand Up Comedy Club. You’ll get a real ab workout with the constant chuckles, guffaws and giggles handed to you. The club presents theatre quality stand-up comedy performances in an intimate cabaret style atmosphere. Not only this, you can drink and eat during performances and there are two short intervals for chatting. There’s something for everyone, so check out what’s on and book for a great night out!
TIME FOR SOME ZZZZ
A quick walk back will bring you back to us; feel free to grab a late night bite from St James Quarter, or grab something from our pantry and settle down for the night; you had a jam packed day but no worries- a cosy night’s sleep awaits you back at the Roomzzz. And when you wake up don’t worry, just take it slow. Come down for a cuppa and grab a bag, take some freshly baked pastries and a handful of fruit from the complimentary Grab & Go and relax. You’re at Roomzzz, so you know it’s taken care of.
Loving it all in Edinburgh? Why not make a weekend of it with our 24 hours guide. You can check availability at Roomzzz Edinburgh, here.