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When I crave fish and chips I always go to Bene’s on the Royal Mile – if it’s fit for royalty then it works for me.
To escape the city I head for the Water of Leith Walkway. It’s 12 miles long but you can do any number of sections, or the whole thing if you feel like.
If I want to have good coffee I go to Artisan Roast.
For complete quiet, I can hide away with a stroll down the Innocent Railway Tunnel bike path. It’s so easy to reach from the city centre, yet miles away from the world.
If you come to my city, get your picture taken with a bagpiper. I suppose it’s just what is done.
If you have to order one thing off the menu from any pub it has to be haggis! Don’t ask what it is, just try it.
When I’m feeling cash-strapped I go for a nice pub meal. Greyfriars Bobbys Bar does a mean steak and ale pie.
Photo ops in my city include anywhere in Holyrood Park and the best vantage points are anywhere near the castle.
The most random thing about my city is all of the old medieval things that are still around and sometimes in use. We used the medieval wells up until 1992, and of course Holyrood Palace is still the Queen’s official residence in Scotland.
In my city, an active day outdoors involves hiking outside the city.
My city’s best museum is the National Museum of Scotland (below). Don’t miss the current “all about Scotland” exhibit upstairs.
My favorite jogging/walking route is around Queens Drive in Holyrood Park. It’s not quite as high as Arthur’s Seat, but the views are just as good (but you’ll work for ’em!).
For a night of dancing or live music, go to the Cowgate. Everyone will be there!
Negociants is the spot for late-night eats.
You can tell if someone is from my city if they have a Scottish accent but you can still understand them. Barely.
In the spring you should check out Cramond Beach and Cramond Island to clear out the cobwebs and gear up for better weather.
In the summer you should enjoy our great parks and sunny spots while it is warm–don’t forget the picnic.
In the fall you should make the most of the Edinburgh Festival while it’s here. In late autumn you can even go bramble picking, which is a lot of fun.
In the winter you should enjoy a warm drink in a cosy pub. The days are short and the nights are long, but Edinburgh is gorgeous after dark.
For a great breakfast joint try Clarinda’s Tearoom at the bottom of the Royal Mile. Best scones in Scotland.
Just outside my city, you can visit the Pentlands, for great hillwalking and views.
The best way to see my city is on foot. Without a doubt.
- Nat Geo Expeditions
If my city were a pet it would be puppy. Cute and lovable, but a bit messy on occasion.
If I didn’t live in a city, I’d live back in Amsterdam, where I was before living here. Edinburgh doesn’t have canals, and Amsterdam doesn’t have steep hills, but otherwise the two cities have similar character and charm.
The best book about my city is mine, of course–The Historic Walking Guide to Edinburgh.
When I think about my city, the song that comes to mind is Auld Lang Syne–that funny song people sing at New Year’s Eve and don’t know the words. (That’s because it is written in Scots.)
If you have kids, you won’t want to miss Edinburgh Castle–doesn’t everyone like climbing around on cannons?
Going for a walk yet feeling like you’re out in the countryside could only happen in my city.
On New Year’s Eve, the best place to be is Hogmanay, Edinburgh’s large-than-life street festival.
My city should be featured on your cover or website because it’s one of Europe’s most charming and beautiful cities. Friendly and fun, it is a must-visit.