Our Guide To Edinburgh

We've put together a handy blog with some of our top tips, whether you're looking to visit the best attractions in the city, sample some quality coffee, stuff your face with the best food we've got to offer or hit the record shops... 


Record Shops
If you're a crate digger, there's no shortage of great record shops in the city, and as luck would have it - you're in town on Record Store Day, so you've no excuse for not paying them a visit! In the heart of the Stockbridge area, vinyl-only VoxBox Records has one of the best selections of new and second hand vinyl you can imagine. New on the scene, Assai Records' Grindlay Street shop houses an array of new vinyl (including some classic reissues) and their shop also boasts stunning views of Edinburgh Castle.  Coda Music on the Mound stock a huge selection of traditional and folk music in the front, while their vinyl room in the back is packed with records old and new. At the foot of Cockburn Street (and directly across the road from Wide Days partner hotel Motel One), Underground Solu’shn is the best place in town for all things dance & electronic related (plus our production manager Gav will be DJing on RSD). Last but by no means least, Elvis Shakespeare (Elm Row) is the place to head if you're looking for rare or unusual records and books.

Top 5 Food Spots
If you're a foodie, Edinburgh has got you covered! A top pick of ours is Henderson's of Edinburgh who specialise in contemporary vegetarian and vegan cuisine - they have 3 locations within the city plus a shop & deli. Dough is a firm favourite for pizza whilst we'd look no further than The Chophouse for the best steak in town. If your craving comfort food and a cool place to hang out, The City Cafe has you covered or if you're looking for something a little more special, head to The Outsider Restaurant for incredible views of Edinburgh Castle. 


Top 5 Coffee Spots
Coffee is something that's very important to us at Wide HQ and luckily, theres plenty of coffee spots in the city to satisfy our caffeine cravings. Top of the list is Williams & Johnson, a micro-roastery based in Leith and with it being so close to our office, this is a well frequented spot. Dotted around the city, Artisan Roast is great for grabbing a coffee on the go. Whilst Brew Lab, Cairngorm Coffee & Cult Espresso are also highly recommended.

Top 5 Pubs & Bars
Edinburgh is home to some amazing pubs & bars, Paradise Palms is one of our favourites as its not only a bar but a diner, event venue, record store & label. Head to Bramble for cocktails,  The Southern Bar for a insane selection of craft beer on tap (plus Nirvana played here in 1991) & The Royal Oak for quality Scottish real ale and folk sessions late into the night. For those with a passion for crime novels, Ian Rankin's Rebus character is well known for drinking in The Oxford Bar on Young Street (the author has also been sighted here from time to time).


Top 5 Attractions
Without a doubt, Edinburgh Castle is the standout attraction - sitting centrally, it dominates the cities skyline and is a must see for any visitor to the city. Nearby, Camera Obscura & World of Illusions  and the National Museum of Scotland are great fun for all ages. If art is your thing, then the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art is worth a visit, its home to two buildings and set in a beautiful sculpture park. Lastly, if you are up for some exercise, climb Arthur's Seat for great views over the city. 

michael lambert