Things To Do in Edinburgh For The Whole Family

Hi everyone! Today on the blog I thought I’d share one of our most requested features, which has been to put together a family friendly Edinburgh City Guide! We tend to keep it pretty low key when we visit our family, but we do have a few favourite spots that we like to stop by. If you’re planning a visit soon I hope you find some of the places below useful, I’ve tried to include a little something for everyone… 

Where we like to eat…

Scran & Scallie (Stockbridge) – This is a great spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner! It’s co-owned by Michelin Star chef Tom Kitchin, but is very relaxed and cosy inside. More importantly it’s family friendly and even has a little “scallies” corner. We’d recommend booking a day or two in advance. 

The Pantry (Stockbridge) – One of the best family friendly cafes in Edinburgh has to be The Pantry. It has a small visible kids play area and a delicious menu. Perfect for popping in for a meal or simply for one of their delicious cakes and coffee!

Earthy (different locations, we go to Canonmills) – Earthy is definitely a neighbourhood hub and serves tasty organic food, cakes and coffee. We always pop into their attached store, which stocks plenty of great local produce, teas and other goodies. 

Hamiltons (Stockbridge) – Another relaxed family friendly spot with a tasty menu. Great for breakfast & lunch! 

Urban Angel (Hanover Street) – Although it might be a little tricky with buggies, Urban Angel has been one of our long-time favourite places for a quick bite to eat. Delicious smoothies, salads and home baking! 

Broughton Deli (Barony Street, tucked away next to Broughton Street) – This amazing local deli serves the most delicious and unusual salads (think Ottolenghi) crepes and other dishes to eat in or take away. It’s only small, but in a great location with Life Story (see below) and other beautiful shops just down the road. 

Bit more special but oh-so worth it… 

Dishoom – Delicious authentic Bombay cuisine. We’ve visited their London restaurant and thrilled to say Edinburgh’s Dishoom does not disappoint! 

The Timberyard – Set in a stylish authentic brick warehouse, The Timberyard is always one of our top recommendations for somewhere unique to eat out. You’re encouraged to sample a few plates from the menu, with ingredients supplied by “small, local, artisan growers, breeders, producers, suppliers & foragers.” Families are welcome for lunch time, but it’s ages 12+ for dinner. 

Mama & Papa Coffee Fix (not that you’ll find any shortage of great coffee spots!) 

Artisan Roast (Stockbridge & Broughton Street)

Perter’s Yard (Stockbridge)

Wellington Coffee (George Street)

Cafe Milk – We love the one down by the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop (very photogenic and was the location for one of Bon Tot’s store look books!)

My favourite Mama stops…

Tribe Yoga – If you fancy some hot yoga, here’s where you need to go!

Buff Concept Store – Beautiful manicures.

Zen Lifestyle – Spa and beauty treatments. 

Some of the places we like to shop…

Bon Tot (Stockbridge, 28 St Stephen Street) – If there’s one kidswear store to visit in Edinburgh it’s of course the fabulous BON TOT!  You’ll find high quality and super stylish clothing, accessories and toys for ages 0-6. 

Homer – A beautiful homeware store that is set out over five homely themed rooms. You’re guaranteed to find something special in here! 

Life Story – A lovely store for lovers of Scandinavian design! They have a range of lifestyle products, art, lighting, home wares & furniture.

Pad Lifestyle – Another beautiful lifestyle store, which is full of gorgeous finds for the home and wardrobe. 

Dick’s  – Not forgetting Dad, Dick’s has a carefully curated selection of cool and relaxed menswear. 

Where we like to visit in town…

National Museum of Scotland – This is an amazing spot to bring little ones. Bright, airy and loads to see, you’ll easily find plenty to keep you all amused. Finlay’s favourite section is (of course) Transport! There’s a couple of yummy cafes inside too, where you can grab some lunch or a snack. 

The Botanics – We love wandering through Edinburgh’s Botanical Gardens. There’s an educational spot inside, but if it’s a nice day it’s definitely worth a walk through their immaculate gardens. 

Stockbridge Market (Sundays 10am – 5pm) – Just a small market, but you’ll find some interesting stalls, street food and camper van coffee from Steampunk. Afterwards we like to go for a walk down for a walk along the Water of Leith

Princes Street Gardens – Iconic and right in town, these gardens are great for giving the kids a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. The castle overlooks a little park that is well kitted out with climbing frames etc. 

The Royal Mile – It’s busy, but there’s loads to see when walking up this famous street. You can also drop into Camera Obscura – World of Illusion, which also has the bonus of stunning views once you reach the top. 

Further out…

Jupiter Artland – Open from May to October this is a fabulous place to bring the kids. There’s so much happening from a sculpture walk and art installations not to mention ample’s of space to run wild. Check out their kids art courses to see what might be on when you visit! (Check out our day out post here). 

North Berwick – On longer trips we always like to go on a little trip to North Berwick. More often than not we’ll go for a walk down the beach before stopping by either the Lobster shack, Luca’s Ice Cream van or Steampunk cafe!

Archerfiled Walled Garden – Another nice spot to bring the kids. Great as a stopover on the way to North Berwick. 

The Zoo – An obvious and not somewhere we visit regularly, though we have been to see their Giant Pandas! It’s a nice day out, just be prepared for a lot of walking up hill! 

Ocean Terminal – If it’s a rainy day then a visit to Ocean Terminal is always a handy backup. It has the famous Royal Yacht Britannia, soft play, shops and a few of your classic restaurant chains. 

I hope you enjoyed this city guide! There are so many hidden gems in Edinburgh I’m sure that, despite our many visits over the years, we’ve merely scratched the surface. If you have any suggestions of your own on where to visit in Edinburgh then please do share in the comments, as I’m always on the look out on where to check out next time. 

– Steph x