shopping/eating/bars in Edinburgh

Old Mar 12th, 2003, 07:51 PM
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shopping/eating/bars in Edinburgh

Any suggestions? I am on a limited budget, but will be there in mid July with a good girl friend(we are both 24 years old) and we want to go to some fun inexpensive places.
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Old Mar 12th, 2003, 08:11 PM
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Since you are on a limited budget you should check out the web site for the Castle Rock Hostel in Edinburgh. Best location and lots of fun.
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Apex International for the hotel just under the castle. Big room, friendly staff, good location, rubber ducky in the bath. Didn't eat dinner in the hotel, as we prefered to explore town a bit. Had a nice breakfast there, though. Bar was happening some nights not others. We were awakened one night by a couple o' drunks singing in the apartment buildings right behind the hotel; don't know what they were singing, something patriotic I think, but they were loud and had some stamina...<BR>Had a great meal at the Mussel Inn, cheap kilo pots of Mussels if you like the shellfish. Reasonable price, good service. It's the kind of town where if you just wander around you will find anything you want: fun and casual or upscale and fancy, cheap or expensive. <BR>The people are so nice and you'll have a great time, I'm sure! I'll dig up my notes and see if there's anything else to add.
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The Apex is good, but it's not budget. If you avoid the Festival and book, you'll get good rates at at B&amp;B not far from the centre. There are thousands.<BR><BR>Shopping- Rose Street, Cockburn Street, Victoria Street, and Stafford Street- and some odd stuff around Stockbridge.<BR><BR>Edinburgh is a town of bars. Very few are expensive. Try the Diggers, anything in Rose Street especially the Cafe Royal and the Abbotsford, the Barony, and the tiny little one in India Street.<BR><BR>Restaurants- the place is swarming with them. Try Cafe Mexico, any branch of Howie's, the Siam Erewan, Cafe Vittoria, the Kalpna
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A very popular area for bars is around the Grassmarket, Cowgate, and George IV bridge area - it's where most of the student &quot;haunts&quot; are and gets very lively in the evenings and at weekends. <BR><BR>Rose street isn't my favourite place to go out in Edinburgh, to be honest. It used to have a bit of a grim reputation at night... But perhaps that's changed?<BR><BR>Another *great* place to hang out in the evenings is the Traverse Theatre, just off Lothian road. As well as the theatre, the place has a couple of bars - the upstairs one is very trendy and expensive, the downstairs one is much more laid back, and after 8pm they serve great, inexpensive tapas dishes.
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