25 romantic things to do for couples in Edinburgh
Edinburgh Calton Hill at Sunset

With Valentine’s Day edging closer, you may be frantically searching for a few ideas on where is the best spot for a little romance in the capital.

Whether you’re looking for a special meal or a unique adventure, there’s plenty of options to add some variety to your dating routine.

1. Canal boat cruise

Let your love flow with Edinburgh’s canal trips with a two-hour tea and cake cruise on board the Lochrin Belle leaving from the Fountainbridge Canal Basin.

15 Valleyfield Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LP, 0131 261 8529, re-union.org.uk

2. Candlelit dinner

Often rated as the most romantic restaurant in the capital, The Witchery offers a candlelit dining treat for those wanting to splash out. Will it be love at first bite?

Castlehill, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2NF, 0131 225 5613, thewitchery.com

3. Stargazing at the Observatory

Enjoy an evening under the stars at the Royal Observatory’s winter astronomy evenings. Running on Friday nights until April, discover if your love is written in the stars.

Blackford Hill, Edinburgh, EH9 3HJ,  0131 668 8404, roe.ac.uk/

4. Sharing sundaes

Hot chocolate with gelato is ridiculously good. #marysmilkbar #edinburgh

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If you’ve a sweet tooth, Mary’s Milk Bar nestled in the Grassmarket is the perfect place to cuddle up with giant overflowing hot chocolates or you can grab a spoon each and delve into a sharing sundae piled to the top with freshly made gelato.

19 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2HS, marysmilkbar.com

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5. Night at the theatre

Take a date night to the theatre to catch a show at the Edinburgh Playhouse and enjoy a pre-show drink or meal in the theatre’s restaurant The Boards.

18-22 Greenside Lane, Edinburgh EH1 3AA, 0844 971 3014, atgtickets.com/venues/edinburgh-playhouse/

6. Chocolate tasting

Swap buying a box of chocolates for an evening tasting session with Coco Chocolatier or book a slot at Coco’s chocolate school to learn how to make your own.

174 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4ER, 0131 228 4526, cocochocolate.co.uk

7. Cuddle up with a cat

IT'S MINE! #fluffy #squishy #siblings #ragdoll #catsofinstagram 😹

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The purr-fect spot for cat-lovers, Maison de Moggy offers the chance to get cosy with its feline friends while tucking into cakes and sipping on a warming drink.

17-19 West Port, Edinburgh, EH1 2JA, 0131 629 5530, maisondemoggy.com

8. Create a keepsake

Dreaming of the iconic scene with Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in Ghost? The Ceramic Experience in Leith offers a hands-on experience allowing you to paint a piece of pottery to mark the romantic occasion or create a cast imprint to last a lifetime.

118 Ocean Drive, Edinburgh. EH6 6J B, 0131 554 4455, theceramicexperience.com

9. Snuggle at the cinema

Swap your standard cinema visit for the smaller screen to recline back on comfortable sharing sofas at the Dominion Cinema.

18 Newbattle Terrace, Edinburgh EH10 4R, 0131 447, dominioncinemas.net

10. Garden stroll

Wrap up warm and take a stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens. You can also stop off for a bite to eat and a hot drink to warm up at the various cafe spots across the gardens.

Arboretum Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5NZ,  0131 248 2909, rbge.org.uk

11. Indulge in a spa treatment

From massages to facials, a spa day at One Spa provides the perfect chance to relax and get rid of those winter blues with your loved one.

One Spa, 8 Conference Square, Edinburgh, EH3 8AN, 0131 221 7777, onespa.com

12. Wander around the Museum

From exploring the natural world to delving into science and technology, the National Museum of Scotland provides a perfect indoor day out for couples wandering between galleries picking up a host of knowledge along the way.

Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF,  0300 123 6789, nms.ac.uk/

 13. Trip to the beach

For a more traditional approach, walk along the Portobello promenade hand-in-hand and pop into the amusement arcades to see if you can win your loved one’s heart.

Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 2BP, visitscotland.com/

14. Get your skates on

Murrayfield Ice Rink provides the perfect excuse for holding hands as you attempt to show off your skating moves across the rink.

Riversdale Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 5XN, 0131 337 6933, murrayfieldicerinkltd.co.uk

15. Flourish at floristry

Instead of buying a bouquet, why not team up and make your own to take home with a one-day workshop at Edinburgh Food and Wine School.

The Coach House, Newliston, Edinburgh, EH29 9EB, 0131 333 5001, esfw.com/

16. Comedy galore

The Stand on York Place is a local firm favourite, offering the chance to watch top comedians in the intimate venue guaranteeing a date full of laughter.

5 York Place, EH1 3EB, 0131 558 7272, thestand.co.uk

17. Distillery day

Fancy a tipple or two? Instead of taking the traditional approach of a local bar, you can enjoy gin fresh from the distillery while learning the skills behind the craft at Edinburgh Gin’s Distillery Visitor Centre.

1a Rutland Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2AD, 0131 656 2810, edinburghgindistillery.co.uk

18. Ghost tours

Cuddle up to your partner and squeeze their hand tight during one of Edinburgh’s City of the Dead ghost tours with underground adventures or darkened graveyard visits.

26B Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, 0131 225 9044, cityofthedeadtours.com

19. Gig at The Caves

The capital has plenty of gig venues across town, but if you’re looking for a romantic setting to catch live music, the 18th century vaulted venue The Caves creates the perfect amorous atmosphere.

8-12 Niddry Street South, Edinburgh, EH1 1NS,  0131 557 89 89, unusualvenuesedinburgh.com/

20. It takes two to tango

Brush up on your dancing skills and enlist your partner to join in as Dance Base offers plenty of classes to get your toes tapping whether you’re a ballroom belle or a foxtrot fella.

14-16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2JU, 0131 225 5525, dancebase.co.uk

21. Going to the Zoo

Wander hand-in-hand between the enclosures, stop off for a bite to eat at one of the three restaurants and meet Edinburgh’s loved up panda couple Tian Tian and Yang Guang.

134 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6TS, 0131 314 0326, edinburghzoo.org.uk

22. Stroll at Calton Hill

Edinburgh Calton Hill at Sunset
Picture: Ben Heathwood / Flickr / CC

Whether you’re an early riser or prefer a sunset stroll, you can enjoy a walk up Calton Hill to enjoy stunning views across the city. Peckish? Check out the Milk cafe atop the hill.

Calton Hill, Edinburgh, EH7 5AA

23. Tantalising Thai

Krua Thai Cookery School offers a variety of classes for complete beginners introducing you to the tastes of Thailand. Team up with your partner and get creative in the kitchen, tucking into your freshly made meal with a glass of wine.

19 Liberton Brae, Edinburgh, EH16 6AQ, 0131 664 3036, kruathai.co.uk

24. Afternoon tea for two

After a stroll along the Shore, tuck into afternoon tea for two down at Mimi’s Bakehouse. Piled high with sandwiches, scones and cakes you can warm up with a cuppa or add a touch of fizz to your day with a glass of champagne.

63 Shore, Edinburgh,  EH6 6RA, 0131 555 5908, mimisbakehouse.com

25. Funfair themed fun

Who needs cuddly toy cranes when you can hook a cocktail? Hoot The Redeemer on Hanover Street is packed with cosy corners, an alcoholic ice cream vending machine and cocktail slushies for a fun night out.

7 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DJ, 0131 220 0310, hoottheredeemer.com

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