So you have arrived in the city raring to go and keen to fit in as much of Edinburgh as you can in your short visit. Two days may not be a long time, but if you plan your time well, it can give you a great snapshot of this amazing city. To help you along the way, here is our handy guide on how to do Edinburgh in 48 hours.
Get your caffeine fix at The Milkman.
First things first, head to The Milkman on Cockburn Street for your morning pick-me-up. The coffee is great, the store itself has a cosy but cool vibe, and it’s located on one of the prettiest streets in the Edinburgh Old Town. The perfect place to begin your adventure!
Check out the best view of the city from Arthur’s Seat.
Get the endorphins pumping with a quick jaunt up Arthur’s Seat and be rewarded with the best photo opportunities of this unbelievably picturesque city. If you aren’t quite up to scaling the full hill, The Salisbury Crags are an easier climb and still offer panoramic vistas of Auld Reekie. Pro tip: If you can, it’s worth going up as early as you can to beat the crowds and get that perfect Instagram pic
Peruse the unique boutiques along The Arches.
Heading back into town, swing by Market Street to discover the quirky boutiques and various rest stops at this cool new development. Here you can purchase some great alternative gifts for friends and family and avoid the clichéd wares of the Royal Mile.
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Lunch on some incredible street food.
Visit the castle. Of course.
A visit to Edinburgh necessitates a visit the Castle. As it sits slap bang in the middle of the city, you literally can’t miss it. Seems like an obvious one, but hear us out. Not only does the place offer an amazing insight into Scotland’s tumultuous history, but you can also sit on a canon, check out the national crown jewels (as worn by The Queen) and the stone of destiny (as mysterious as it sounds), explore buildings older than the United States, plus take even more photos of the city.
Discover the bustling bars and pubs of the Old Town.
What better way to soak up the atmosphere and appreciate the character of the Edinburgh Old Town, than exploring the amazing selection of drinking establishments in the area? Craft ales, live music, buildings dating back to the 15th century, and of course whisky, there is so much choice it would be rude not to try a few! We would definitely recommend finishing the night with a quiet cocktail or a dram at Monteith’s.
Relax after a busy day at The Old Town Chambers.
After an action-packed day, relax and re-charge in your comfortable but luxurious Old Town Chambers apartment. Take a load off your feet, appreciate the breath-taking views, and sink into a super comfy bed for a great night’s sleep. Old Town Chambers is your home from home.
Breakfast in bed with Valvona & Crolla.
The legendary Edinburgh deli has teamed up with Old Town Chambers to provide delicious breakfast boxes, delivered straight to your room door. Great for those lazy mornings, these boxes are not only nutritious but also give you that perfect excuse to spend some more time in your beautiful Old Town Chambers apartment.
Explore the pretty suburb of Stockbridge
Selected as the best place to live in Scotland by the Sunday Times in 2016, Stockbridge is as popular with locals as it is with visitors. Stockbridge is leafy, buzzing and also really pretty. Full of coffee shops, bakeries, independent boutiques, wine and cocktail bars, and brilliant restaurants, Stockbridge is small but packs a punch. Also the weekly market that happens every Sunday (rain or shine) is definitely worth a visit!
Feel Zen at the blooming Botanic Gardens.
Just a few minutes walk through Stockbridge is the Royal Botanic Gardens, another local hotspot that is perfect for catching a moment of peace. Find a secluded bench, admire the Victorian palm house, or get lost in the Woodland garden.
Experience pub food with a twist at Scran & Scallie.
Run by the renowned Edinburgh chef Tom Kitchin, the Scran & Scallie is the pinnacle of gastro-pub dinning. Contemporary pub decor scattered with subtle Scottish design references, make for a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Where the interior may be understated, the food definitely isn’t. Expect pub favourites with a fine-dinning flourish.
Explore the Dean Village and get cultured at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
From Stockbridge, follow the River Leith west towards Dean Village. When you arrive you won’t wonder why it’s called a village. You will feel like you have stepped back in time and definitely find some more photo opportunities here. Continue along the river path until you it brings you to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Even if you don’t venture into the galleries themselves (we of course suggest you do), the grounds offer the chance to enjoy some engaging installations.
Dinner at Bon Vivant.
Time for dinner in the Edinburgh’s New Town (which isn’t that new). Bon Vivant is somewhat of an institution in the city and is a fantastic spot for a chilled out dinner.
The menu changes regularly and has a great choice of fine cuisine dishes, served in a casual but stylish setting. Don’t let this restaurant’s stylish informality trick you though, the food is out of this world and the cocktails are not to be missed!
Cocktails in the city known for cocktail bars.
Finish of your evening with some cracking cocktails in a city renowned for great cocktail bars. You can barely walk 5 minutes without coming across one you haven’t tried! To get your started, we suggest heading to Bramble (arguably one of the best) for a ‘Mint 500’, a refreshing palette cleanser, perfect for after dinner. Follow this up with an aromatic ‘Spring Thyme’ at the classy Badger & Co. Finally see if you can discover Hoot the Redeemer, tucked away just off Hanover Street, and be rewarded with some alcoholic ice cream or slushie cocktails – a great sweet treat to end the night!
Come back and visit again!
You may have packed all you can into your short but sweet visit, but we guarantee the city will have you hankering to return. When you invariably decide to come back, we look forward to welcoming you again!