Edinburgh City Guide

Kestin's personal guide to the best places to stay, eat, drink and shop in the city of Edinburgh.
To Stay:

Porteous Studio

2 Porteous Pend, 25 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2HP

Porteous' Studio is an architect-designed holiday home nestled in the heart of the Old Town of Edinburgh, constructed from pure and natural products to create a peaceful interior.


Images: Zac & Zac


Eden Locke

127 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JN

Eden Locke is a design-led aparthotel in the city centre made for those who want to experience a unique and authentic stay, ensuring every detail is thought of for any length of stay. 



To Shop:



3 North West Circus Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6ST

A menswear and womenswear brand with a philosophy of quality manufacturing and longevity.




6 North West Circus Place , Stockbridge, EH3 6ST

Offering high quality skin, hair and body care products with meticulous attention to detail.



The Method

9 St. Stephen Street, Edinburgh EH3 5AN

A beautiful lifestyle store and  massage treatment space focusing on well being.


Armstrongs Vintage

81-83 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2HJ

Edinburgh's best know vintage store. 


Bon Tot - Childrenswear 

46 St Stephen Street, Stockbridge, Edinburgh

Edinburgh's best Kids clothing shop. Located in the old Kestin Hare unit in Stockbridge. 

Epitome Edinburgh
35 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

A beautiful independent womenswear retailer in Edinburgh's New Town.  



To Eat:


10 Lady Lawson St, Edinburgh, EH3 9DS

Our friends at Timberyard have a creative menu of locally-sourced artisanal produce in industrial-chic former warehouse space.



The Kitchin

78 Commercial St, Edinburgh EH6 6LX

The Kitchin is a Michelin Star restaurant located in Leith dedicated to using the finest, freshest Scottish seasonal produce. 




5 Hunter Square, Edinburgh EH1 1QW

Relaxed Italian street food and pizza restaurant. 



El Cartel

64 Thistle St, Edinburgh, EH2 1EN

Freshly made and authentic Mexican street food in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.




The best Thai food in Edinburgh.

23-23a Brougham Pl, Edinburgh EH3 9JU



Sodang Korean

94 Buccleuch St, Edinburgh EH8 9NH

A great casual Korean spot in Edinburgh's Student district.


Kushis Indian 

94 Buccleuch St, Edinburgh EH8 9NH

This Edinburgh institution is a firm favourite at Kestin Hare. 



Spitaki Greek Taverna  

Excellent casual Greek Dining. 

133-135 East Claremont Street, Edinburgh




Imperial Palace
36 Inglis Green Rd, Edinburgh EH14 2ER

Spacious specialist in dim sum, Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine with set lunch menus and takeaway.


Coffee & Brunch


Urban Angel

121 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DJ

Relaxed and cosy atmosphere in the building of an old tradition bakers, Ubran Angel is the place for brunch with a focus on careful sourcing of ingredients at their seasonal best.



Williams & Johnson

Custom Lane, 67 Commercial St, Customs Wharf, Edinburgh, Eh6 6LH

A micro-roasters based in Leith with their flagship cafe in Custom Lane and a passion for sharing beautiful coffee.  



Milk at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

21 Hawthornvale, Edinburgh EH6 4JT

MILK is a destination for nutritionally sound and natural food with all dishes and cakes made in house with fresh, whole ingredients. 



Quay Commons 

92 Commercial Quay, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6LX

Quay Commons is casual and modern gathering space, bakery and licensed cafe, set in a former bonded warehouse in Leith. 




To Drink:  

Lucky Liquor

39A Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3NH

Small, quirky bar with a constantly changing specialist cocktail menu.



Bon Vivant

51 Thistle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DY

Relaxed environment with a highest quality selection of cocktails, wine and spirits.




6A Queen St, Edinburgh, EH2 1JE

Known as one of the best cocktail bars in Edinburgh, Bramble is hidden underground in the city centre.



Hyde & Son

127 George street, Edinburgh, EH2 4JN

Situated within Eden Locke hotel, Hyde & Son serves a carefully curated selection of Scotland's best spirits and cocktails, local whiskies and wines sourced from around the globe. They also serve filtered coffees that are revised daily.