Explore Edinburgh | Arts & Culture in the Scottish Capital
All Sahara locations have been carefully selected, and our presence in Edinburgh is an a demonstration of how much we truly love this city. It is vibrant and alive, with a seemingly endless supply of unique sights, sounds, and immersive experiences to delve into. As a cultural hub, it’s no surprise that it hosts 11 major events each year, five of which take place in August, including the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival. History abounds in the city, and if you are searching for a taste of old Scotland, you won't be disappointed.
The skyline is a study of architectural marvels, and wandering the streets alone is worth the trip. However, if exploring gets you peckish, it is also home to more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other Scottish city, so if you're looking for a scrumptious meal, you're in the right place. However, abundant options can easily overwhelm. Whether you're a local or a visitor, exploring our cultural roundup will let you explore Edinburgh in new and fascinating ways.
The Dunstane Houses
“Refined, relaxed, a little romantic, and a lot luxurious.”
Experience the impeccable hospitality of this family-run, five-star boutique hotel in Orkney – the heart of Edinburgh. Sink into plush sofas amongst classic, lush interiors in these Victorian townhouses converted into 35 contemporary and comfortable rooms.
The Scotsman Hotel
The Scotsman of today is a luxury hotel that retains many original features, including luxurious floor to ceiling wood panelled rooms, grandiose marble staircase, and stained-glass windows. It is named after the ground-breaking national newspaper that once took up residence in these beautiful Baroque buildings. Book a stay for luxe relaxation, perfect placement for sightseeing, and unparalleled dining.
Part luxury hotel, part private members club, part culinary destination, the Gleneagles Townhouse has every amenity. This much-anticipated location is not yet open, but applications for membership can be made. Sign up for the latest updates on their site here.
Eat & Drink
Eleanore is a small, independent, family-run restaurant from the team behind The Little Chartroom, in the space previously held by The Little Chartroom. The menu is carefully curated and elevates beautiful ingredients through simplicity and loving treatment. The result is sophisticated and intriguing food, to match the stunning yet relaxed atmosphere.
Noto is an independent restaurant that specialises in sharing plates, small-batch wines, and custom drinks. Their innovative fusion of Asian and Scottish flavours with exceptional cocktails earned them a well-deserved nomination in the Michelin Guide. Book your table and savour the tasting experience, all made possible by the warm and professional service.
The Gardener’s Cottage
Visit and re-visit for an ever-changing menu that changes with the seasons. This cosy, peaceful cottage restaurant is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can enjoy fresh, local ingredients and inventive flavours delivered in a beautiful, humble manner.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
Whether you’re a local or someone passing through, make a trip to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art a priority. Home to some of the world’s most famous artwork, it is a cultural touchstone for central Edinburgh. In addition to wonderful exhibitions, the latest of which, Barbara Hepworth | Art & Life, will be opening in early April, there are extensive grounds featuring a sculpture park to explore.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
With plant life and architecture beyond compare, the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh makes the perfect day out. Visitors can see plants from all over the world, learn about the vast and diverse Living Collection and its history, which dates back to the 17th century. The Garden, which is set in over 70 acres of stunning nature just one mile north of Edinburgh's city centre, offers spectacular panoramic views of the city skyline, including Edinburgh Castle.
For almost a decade, Stockbridge Market has been open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and it is open all year. It's a foodie's paradise, with some of Edinburgh's best street cuisine, so whether you're searching for a special supper, a continental-style lunch, or organising a dinner party, the Stockbridge Market will have something fresh to try.