If there’s one thing Edinburgh has plenty of, it’s fantastic scenery. From picturesque cobbled streets to an extinct volcano, there’s a stunning view round every corner.
In our experience, combining Edinburgh’s perfect panoramas with some of the city’s fantastic food is a recipe for success. To make the most of the city’s beautiful scenery, here are five of the best bars and restaurants with a mesmerising view in Edinburgh.
Located on Castle Street, it’s no surprise that Thai restaurant Chaophraya has amazing vistas of the Castle. Perched on the top floor of a modern building with floor-to-ceiling windows, you can enjoy the view from inside or – if the weather is good – venture out on to the balcony for a panoramic look across Edinburgh city centre.
4th Floor, 33 Castle Street, EH2 3DN – chaophraya.co.uk
SKYBar also has stunning Castle views, but this time from the opposite side. The bar (which is in the penthouse of the Hilton Doubletree Hotel) is only open to the public on the first Thursday of every month so you’d better put it in your diary if you want to enjoy one of Edinburgh’s best kept secrets.
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 34 Bread Street, EH3 9AF – doubletree3.hilton.com
Harvey Nichol’s stylish Forth Floor bar and restaurant has incredible views of Edinburgh and the Forth Estuary, and you can even see all the way across to Fife on a sunny day. Sip some cocktails on the outdoor terrace to enjoy the city at its very best angle.
Harvey Nichols, 30-34 St Andrew Square, EH2 2AD – harveynichols.com
The Tower Restaurant can be found on the rooftop of one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings, the National Museum of Scotland. Along with your delicious meal, you can soak up the spectacular views of the Old Town skyline and see the Castle from yet another perspective.
National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, EH1 1JF – tower-restaurant.com
Although Ondine may not have the big panoramic scenes of some of the other restaurants on this list, its little snippets of stunning views perfectly capture the spirit of Edinburgh’s higgledy-piggledy Old Town. Peek through the windows to spot the beautiful George IV Bridge and stunning Victoria Street, leading down to the Grassmarket.
2 George IV Bridge, EH1 1AD – ondinerestaurant.co.uk
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