I love to read the locals guides to places before I head somewhere on holiday for two reasons.  One to find out where to go and the other to find out where to eat.  Even before I was vegan I always did this as it allows you to (hopefully) never have a bad meal!!  So, while thinking of things that could be interesting or helpful for readers of the blog I thought why don’t I do a locals guide to Edinburgh, I know it well enough!  So below I have put together a list of places to stay, visit and of course eat!


Best Hotels

You want to try and be in the centre in Edinburgh as to be honest there is not a massive difference in price.  The most economical place to stay is either of the Motel One hotels which are in Edinburgh, both are very central and the hotel is nice and clean.  Another good budget option is the Ibis Styles on St Andrews Square.  If you want something a bit more upmarket you can’t beat Tigerlily, but ask for a room on a high floor as the sound from the club below could interrupt your beauty sleep! On the top end of the spectrum for me you will not find a better hotel than the Witchery, it is very expensive but the rooms are just to die for.


locals guide to edinburgh


Top Places to Visit

Arthurs Seat – this is an awesome walk and will blow away the cobwebs after too much whisky the night before.  It has nice easy walks up or a more steep, short way to the summit.

Top of the National Museum – this view is the best of Edinburgh (and there is a lift, if you can’t be bothered walking up Arthurs Seat!)

National Museum – while you are there for the view the museum itself is awesome.  I don’t care what your age you could kill a few hours wandering here, but it is fantastic for kids!

Greyfriars Kirk – find yourself some Harry Potter graves, or got at night on a ghost tour to get in the Covenanter’s Prison.

Walk down the side streets – Edinburgh is an amazing city and just having a good wander is a great way to explore, if you see a close and some steps, take a wander, the side streets can be hidden gems!

Water of Leith – if you are here for a while a wander down the Water of Leith is lovely.  The path is really easy too.

Stockbridge Market – I am a bit biased as I live in Stockbridge, but a trip to the market on a Sunday is great, there are also normally vegan food and cake options (although the attendees change weekly!).  Afterwards have a wander around the independent shops in the area too.



Nova Pizza Edinburgh


Amazing Food

This is a difficult list to write, there are so many good vegan options in Edinburgh.  So, I have put down a few of each kind and just a brief outline of what they sell as I figure people would rather have too many options than not enough!

Ostara Café – down near the Shore this is perfect for an awesome healthy breakfast or lunch and the cake options never disappoint!

Holy Cow – very central and does great burgers and cake and to my knowledge one of only two entirely vegan spots in Edinburgh.

Moon & Hare – over in Bruntsfeild, the waffles are a great change from the norm.

Café Nom De Plume – there are always vegan options on the menu here and the portion sizes are great for people who love to eat (like me!!).  The prices are pretty good too!

Nova Pizza – the pizza is always amazing, I have never had better and the pasta is pretty good too!  This place is actually just vegetarian but the vegan menu is vast!  Be sure to book though as it is small and busy!

Auld Hoose – if you want a huge portion look no further, and if you can finish the nachos by yourself I will personally give you £100!  Pub grub and rock music, this place is fabulous!

Basement – one of my personal favourites right in the centre of Edinburgh, great cocktails and great Mexican style food.

Daylight Robbery – pretty new on the block and fairly central, while they are Omni, they are venturing further into vegan options.  What I have had is great!  Again just good pub grub, with a bit of an American diner twist.

Sugar Daddy’s – if you like cake, go here!  It is a bit out of the way of most things but well worth the walk.  Maybe combine with a trip to Stockbridge or the Basement on the way!


If you don’t have your trip to Edinburgh arranged, get it in the diary soon, I promise it will not disappoint!