A Guide to Independent Edinburgh

A Guide to Independent Edinburgh

Independent Edinburgh

Welcome to our Independent Edinburgh page!

Your guide to Edinburgh’s independent scene.

So, you’re interested in Independent Edinburgh? Excellent! You should be! Edinburgh is brimming with amazing independent shops, restaurants, museums, galleries, bars, cinemas, theaters etc. Due to the size of the city it can be overwhelming trying to find all these hidden gems by yourself. If you do find them, how do you know which ones are worth the visit? Especially if you are strapped for time. Well we are here to help you experience the best independent Edinburgh possible.

This page will mainly include ‘Top 10’ lists and reviews of independent locations in Edinburgh – no cobbled street will go unexplored.

Finally, do you have any leads on new independent locations? Let us know. We’ll try them out and as a result they may pop up on our next list. Helping all our other readers and guests enjoy an even greater independent Edinburgh.



If you are planning a visit to Edinburgh but are struggling to find a good hotel. We can help there too. If you’re wanting a luxorious stay why not try the gorgeous 5-star Howard hotel. If you’re wanting a romantic stay try Edinburgh’s most romantic hotel, the 4-star Channings hotel. Got a family? No problem, the Holyrood ApartHotel offers high standard serviced apartments located right by the famous Arthurs seat and Royal Mile.

Is your hotel is just a stop off point? Perhaps just a place to sleep while you go explore all the great historic and idependent locations of Edinburgh? Stay at the Old Waverly Hotel, located on Princes Street (Edinburgh’s main shopping destination). You will enjoy magnificent views of the Scott Monument and Edinburgh Castle.