3 Nights in Edinburgh + Vegetarian Guide

3 nights in Edinburgh. Here, I’m sharing my little guide for a short stay in Edinburgh, Scotland! Plus all the vegetarian restaurants you need to try.

Swans in a Lake

Edinburgh. Our last destination on our 3 months European honeymoon. Also one of my favorite places. Scotland was more beautiful than I could ever imagine!

Today, I’m sharing all of our favorite things to do, plus the vegetarian restaurants we tried and loved.

As with all of my other travel posts, I want to mention that I’m not an expert on the city and I don’t personally live in Edinburgh. I’m just sharing our personal experience, including places we enjoyed and the restaurants we loved! Also note that we visited in 2019, so I can’t guarantee that the restaurants mentioned here will still be available at the time that you visit. I hope you’ll find this guide helpful in one way or another.

When to Visit?

We visited Edinburgh just before Christmas, from December 21 – 24th. The city was full of Christmas spirit. Plus, the weather was much warmer than we’re used to here in Canada that time of year. I’m talking no snow and a light winter jacket. We spent most of our time outside, hiking or exploring the city and it was perfect. I can’t speak for the rest of the year, but if you’re thinking of traveling to Edinburgh around December, I’d highly recommend it!

Things to Do in Edinburgh

Holyrood Park | Google Maps

This was my favorite part of our trip to Edinburgh: Exploring Holyrood Park. This park has several things to see and you can get the best view of the city. Our suggestions: Check out Saint Anthony’s Chapel Ruins and hike up to Arthur’s Seat for a view of Edinburgh.

ruins in Edinburgh
view of Edinburgh
View of Edinburgh
green fields

Edinburgh Castle | Google Maps

Of course you need to check out the Edinburgh Castle. You can see it on top of the hill when walking around the city or you can pay to enter.

Edinburgh castle

Walk Around Edinburgh Old Town | Google Maps

Just take the time to walk around the old narrow streets and take it all in. You’ll find plenty of shops, restaurants and beautiful sights. Don’t miss St. Giles’ Cathedral and the Edinburgh Castle.

Street in Edinburgh
Church exterior
St. Giles’ Cathedral

Walk Around Dean Village | Google Maps

Just a short walk away from the city center, you’ll find Dean Village. A charming area with old buildings, next to a stream. You don’t need much time to explore the village, but it’s worth a quick stop!

Dean's Village

Calton Hill | Google Maps

A little hill that gives you another great view of the city. You’ll also find several monuments.

View of Edinburgh
Edinburgh and hills

Christmas Market

If you’re in Edinburgh near Christmas time, make sure to check out the Christmas market in the city center! You’ll find lots of little shops, food and rides.

Edinburgh at night

Edinburgh Vegetarian Restaurant Guide

While we didn’t try every vegetarian restaurant in Edinburgh (there are surprisingly many!), we did try some very good ones. Here, I’m sharing the restaurants we tried and loved.

Paradise Palms | Google Maps

Easily our favorite one in Edinburgh. This place had the best vegetarian comfort food! I had a bowl of loaded fries and Shaun has vegan nachos. Both were so good and perfect after a long train ride from London.

loaded fries

Pumpkin Brown | Google Maps

We stopped here for lunch on our last day and it was good. Shaun had nut butter banana toasts and I had avocado toasts. It wasn’t the best avocado toast I had (it had strong red pepper on it, which I wasn’t a fan of), but otherwise, we loved it. We also both had a smoothie. Chocolate for Shaun and almond banana for me!

avocado toasts
banana toasts

Henderson’s | Google Maps

They have many locations in Edinburgh and we stopped by one of them for lunch. I had their vegan haggis (when in Scotland!) and Shaun had their halloumi wrap. We also bought a flapjack to go (a must!). Everything was delicious!

vegetarian haggis
wrap with salad
flapjack dessert

David Bann | Google Maps

A higher end vegetarian restaurant. This place was great for a fancier night out. Everything is vegetarian and they serve many vegan options. I had a curry and Shaun tried a mushroom and goat cheese strudel.

restaurant meal
curry in a bowl

And that’s it! We didn’t get to do too much during our short stay, but we still got to enjoy this beautiful city. If you’re ever in Edinburgh for only a few days, I hope you’ll find this little guide helpful.

Our Edinburgh Map

Looking for more details on our trip to Europe? Check out my comprehensive Europe guide here.

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