Forget what you think you know about Edinburgh. A visit to the Scottish capital isn’t about quaint, fudge shops anymore – today, it’s got a naughty, new attitude.
Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile
To paraphrase Justin Timberlake, the Radisson is bringing sexy back to the city. The hotel oozes cool and is perfect for couples looking for a fun, weekend getaway. After all, where else would you be greeted by buff, kilted concierge ready to manhandle your luggage?
If you’re after the best of the best, our top tip is to book room 507: here, you can enjoy amazing views of Edinburgh Castle without even having to get out of bed! We recommend you do some exploring though as the Radisson puts you right at the heart of Royal Mile in Edinburgh’s Old Town, so it’s only a short walk from go-to shopping destination Princes Street, the National Museum of Scotland, and the Castle itself. Find out more at radissoncollection.com/royalmile-hotel-edinburgh.
The Radisson’s very own restaurant, Cucina, serves up Italian dishes with a Scottish twist.
Playful pops of pink and eye-catching florals make for a great atmosphere in which to kick off your evening. Go all out and order the lobster – you’ll thank us – then head over to the bar for a cocktail or two, before hitting the town.
Find out more at radissoncollection.com/royalmile-hotel-edinburgh.
Placing Edinburgh firmly on the dining map is Hawksmoor. The famous steak restaurant arrives in the city before landing in New York in 2019.
The newly-opened restaurant is in good company in what’s been dubbed the ‘cuisine quarter’ with Gaucho, The Ivy, and Vapiano as its stylish neighbours. As Hawksmoor’s only Scottish site, diners flock here for its sleek décor, and, of course, some of the best steak in the UK.
Find out more at thehawksmoor.com/edinburgh.
Visit this cosy spot in Edinburgh’s West End and chill out with a craft beer and a burger, or keep the party going with some Bloody Mary’s as part of the ‘Boozy Brunch’. Indigo Yard’s terrace is a great suntrap on the edge of the canal that’s sure to make for some envy-inducing Insta shots.
Find out more at indigoyardedinburgh.co.uk.
This boutique hotel is home to a bar with must-taste cocktails. Get the royal treatment with the ‘Queen of Hearts’: Stolichnaya Elit vodka, lemon, strawberries, ginger, bitters, and – AMAGAZINE favourite – Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne. There’s a whole menu of delights to sample, so sip away into the small hours at Tigerlily.
Find out more at tigerlilyedinburgh.co.uk.
It might be a bit controversial, but we say sod climbing Calton Hill and head to Harvey Nics for a glass of champagne instead. This way you can enjoy the view without the workout and you get to indulge in a spot of shopping too.
Find out more at harveynichols.com/edinburgh.
21st Century Kilts
Forget crappy keyrings, a 21st century kilt has got to be the ultimate souvenir from your time in Edinburgh. At this independent store, founder Howie Nicholsby reimagines the kilt for the modern man with his designs having been worn by the likes of Lenny Kravitz and Vin Diesel. Pick up one of Howie’s kilts in-store or book an appointment and have your own bespoke kilt created in 6-8 weeks.
Find out more at 21stcenturykilts.com.
Found in Edinburgh’s New Town, you won’t see any fashion fads here. Dick’s is home to beautiful things that are made beautifully. This is the place to invest in some clothing or homeware that you’ll love and make use of for years to come.
Find out more at dicks-edinburgh.co.uk.