City Restaurant

In a previous life, when I worked in the gift shop of Edinburgh’s most popular tourist attraction, one of the questions I would always get asked was “where can I go to get a REAL taste of Edinburgh?” While I would be tempted to suggest an upmarket restaurant on the Royal Mile serving the finest haggis with whiskey sauce, the true answer to that question would ultimately be somewhere like City Restaurant.

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Portobello Beach

Whenever there is a glimmer of sunshine in Edinburgh, all the locals make a beeline for Portobello (aka Porty), our very own two mile stretch of golden sand. The area used to be a popular seaside holiday destination, and there is still reflections of that golden era on the promenade today, with an eclectic selection amusements, fish and chips, ice cream and retro sweet shops.

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The Espy

If you ever find yourself wanting shelter from the bracing sea breeze at Portobello Beach, it might be worthwhile popping into the Esplanade bar, or “The Espy” as its more widely known, for a soft warm seat and a pint or snack. This establishment is one of the most popular in Portobello, going down well with families, couples and dog walkers alike.

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