Edinburgh travel guide

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You're Going to Love Edinburgh

Scotland's capital city is beautiful, creative, and friendly. It's small enough to walk around, but large enough to have everything tourists could need. Easy to reach by air, rail, and road, Edinburgh is an incredible vacation destination.

Walking around Edinburgh feels like visiting three cities at once. There's the medieval Old Town, with its atmospheric cobbled streets, imposing castle, and tight, compact layout. Then there's the New Town, with its gorgeous 18th-century streets and luxury shopping opportunities. Finally, there's modern Edinburgh - a student town, a cultural hub, a sporting center. The result is a city unlike any other.

Visit during the Edinburgh International Festival to see the best in drama, music, and comedy. Watch a rugby match at Murrayfield Stadium, or just wander down Princes Street or George Street and shop the days away. Edinburgh caters to all tastes, and it's a city that visitors return to again and again.

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When to Visit Edinburgh

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Summer is the time to visit Edinburgh. More specifically, book accommodation for August if you intend to catch a show at the Edinburgh International Festival (or the Fringe Festival). August brings crowds, however, so if you just want to see the sights, try May through July. The weather should be fine and hotels will almost certainly have rooms to spare.

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Where to Stay in Edinburgh

The best places to stay are generally found in the Old Town, where upscale hotels like the Sheraton Grand and the Witchery offer wonderful views of the castle and Arthur's Seat. You'll also find budget options in the center, including Merith House and Castle Rock Hostel. Slightly outside the center, check out the Waldorf-owned Caledonian, the Roxburghe, or Adria House (which is ideally situated near the Festival's major venues).

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Shopping Streets

Shopping is one of the biggest attractions when visiting Edinburgh, and there are plenty of streets and neighborhoods to choose from. The most famous shopping area is Princes Street in the New Town - an elegant 18th-century street that features chains like H&M and unique Edinburgh department stores like Jenners. George Street is slightly different, offering more upmarket boutiques for men and women, while Multrees Walk is home to luxury retailer Harvey Nichols, and you'll find smaller stores like Joey D or Concrete Wardrobe on Broughton Street.

Groceries and Other

Edinburgh has all of the UK's major supermarket chains, including plenty in the city center. If you need to buy groceries, Tesco, Sainsbury's, or Marks and Spencer should have a store near you. For luxury Italian deli items, head to Valvona and Crolla, or visit I.J. Mellis to sample their delicious Scottish cheeses. Food prices are generally reasonable. Expect to pay £3.30 for a gallon of milk and less than £0.70 for a pound of potatoes.

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Where to Eat in Edinburgh

Whether you want hearty Scottish meat or Indian feasts, Edinburgh delivers. If you want prime Scotch beef, small gourmet restaurants like Angels with Bagpipes or Aizle are the place to go. Navadhanya and the Gurkha Cafe are the best Indian eateries in town, and Loudons Cafe is the place to head for filling breakfasts. For really high-end dining, try Timberyard or the Stockbridge Restaurant: neither will let you down. In general, meals cost between £10 and £15 at mid-range places and more than £30 for a three course meal at more upmarket restaurants.

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