Known for its constant festival-throwing, there is always something going on in Edinburgh. A trip to the capital however, doesn’t need to be full throttle. A romantic city break to Edinburgh can offer you a chance to unwind and enjoy time with the one you love the most. Surround yourself in the other-worldly architecture, soak in the magical atmosphere, and maybe take in a few of the sights; here are a few of the most romantic things to do in Edinburgh.

Boozy lunch at Chop House @ The Arches

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This renowned Edinburgh institution recently expanded from it’s original Leith restaurant to open a new premises in The Arches development near the Royal Mile. The move to the city centre hasn’t resulted in the restaurant losing it’s stylish, industrial-chic feeling, nor has its mouth-watering menu suffered. Sample some of the sizzling delights from the grill and work your way through the wine list with your beloved, in this elegant and comfortable space.

www.chophousesteak.co.uk

Romantic stroll up Calton Hill

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Day-time or at dusk, the 360 degree panoramas over the city from Calton Hill are always incredible. There will be plenty of Instagram opportunities if you are so inclined, but why not grab a bottle of champers and find a bench to enjoy the views from? The walk isn’t too strenuous but the pay-off is fantastic and there really isn’t any better a place to take in views of Edinburgh so close to the city centre. Warm up afterwards in one of the cosy coffee shops or welcoming pubs nearby.

Evening cocktail’s at Monteith’s on The Royal Mile

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Hidden away off the bustling high street, down a pretty timeworn alleyway, Monteith’s is a boutique cocktail bar and restaurant that perfectly embodies the feeling and atmosphere of this romantic city. Find a quiet cosy corner, settle back in your leather armchair or tartan bench, and relish the interesting tastes and flavours of the innovative cocktail menu. This makes for a brilliant and cosy date night.

www.monteithsrestaurant.co.uk

Refuel and unwind at the Devil’s Advocate

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Just a couple of steps from Old Town Chambers is The Devil’s Advocate, a Victorian pump house turned buzzing city bar. Tucked away up Advocate’s close, old Edinburgh meets new at this stylish bar. Enjoy boutique pub food that combines contemporary ingredients with traditional Scottish character, and marvel at the 200 strong whisky shelf. Share a night-cap dram before winding your way back to your Old Town Chambers apartment.

www.devilsadvocateedinburgh.co.uk

Star-gazing from The Royal Observatory on Blackford Hill

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A short bus ride out of town is Blackford Hill, the most amazing spot to do a little romantic star-gazing. Impress your other half with your extensive knowledge of the skies whilst enjoying a dramatic vista across the city. Edinburgh will literally light up in front of you! The best bit? It’s only a hop, skip and a jump away from our Merchiston Residence in tranquil Bruntsfield, one of the leafiest and welcoming suburbs in the city – the ideal area for a romantic retreat!

Have a laugh at The Stand Comedy Club

Open seven nights a week and just five minutes from Princes Street, The Stand comedy club is the perfect place to let off a little steam and relax. Although it might not be the most obvious choice, an evening full of belly laughs is a brilliant alternative date night. What better way to spend time with your favourite person than watching hilarious comics in the city world famous for it’s comedy?

www.thestand.co.uk

Sample the wares at a Pickering’s Gin Distillery tour_MG_5370 warmer

Pickering’s Gin Distillery at Summerhall is just a short romantic saunter across the Meadows and is the perfect excursion for any gin connoisseur. Explore the distillery on a guided tour, sample the unique gin on offer, and maybe even learn a thing or two about the gin making process! Finish up with a gin and tonic from The Royal Dick pub just next door (The gin is piped directly from the distillery next door, straight into the bar!).

www.pickeringsgin.com

Snuggle down for a cosy night in at Old Town Chambers

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For something truly unique, have a relaxing night-in in your luxurious home away from home at Old Town Chambers. The 5-star apartments offer unrivalled luxury that is both effortlessly stylish, and wonderfully comfortable. Pop open a bottle of bubbly and enjoy the views from your own private balcony, unwind with our Cowshed products in a sumptuous bubble bath, and order dinner in with our Valvona & Crolla hampers for two; staying at Old Town Chambers makes your romantic city break something extra special.

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