The best things to do when dating in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is an incredibly beautiful city bursting with culture, making it one of the best cities to go to on a date. We’ve picked out the best things to do if you are dating in Edinburgh, from culinary treats to cultural highlights and everything in between!

Go for tea at Elephant House

If you want to get to know your date better over a cup of tea, then take a trip to The Elephant House.
The Elephant House opened in 1995, and since then it has established itself as the best tea/coffee house in Edinburgh.
It is well known that JK Rowling found inspiration at this incredible venue, and wrote much of the early Harry Potter adventures whilst sipping on their delicious tea. Perhaps this inspirational venue could inspire a little magic in you and your date too.

Take a visit to the National Museum of Scotland

If you fancy some culture when dating in Edinburgh, then why not visit Scotland’s Grand Gallery?
The gallery is an exquisite location, with high windows which fill the room with light and impressive soaring pillars.
The displays here are normally large items which tell the story of the nation and its place in the world. This place is full of great talking points to keep both you and your date entertained.

Have dinner at The Dome

If you want a more traditional date, then you should go for dinner at The Dome. Located in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town, the venue is a great place to meet your date for anything from coffee, cocktails, lunch, or dinner.
The Grill Room within The Dome is really majestic, with a wonderful menu that features mouth-watering Scottish classics such as haggis wrapped in filo pastry and more traditional cuisine such as fillet of Buccleuch Scottish Beef. A perfect venue if you are looking to impress your date with some class and elegance.

Take a romantic walk up Calton Hill

Calton Hill is set right in the city centre, and it is a great place to go if you want to take a romantic stroll with your date.
One of Edinburgh’s most prominent hills, Calton Hill is absolutely beautiful with its Athenian acropolis looking out above the skyline. You will usually find that the top of the hill is a quiet and relaxing place, with spectacular panoramic views of the city, including Princes Street (main shopping street) and Edinburgh Castle.
If you happen to visit in August, then be sure to check out if any of the Edinburgh festival shows are going on here.

Discover the magical tricks of Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura is a really fun option when dating in Edinburgh. It not only has fantastic views of the city, but five floors packed full of amazing optical illusions! You and your date can experience mind-bending optical-illusions and tricks with the mirror maze, shrinking room, and vortex tunnel (this is also a great place for those dating websites profile pics). If the date goes really well, you can even get married with their friendly robotic wedding machine!

Be majestic with a trip to Edinburgh Castle

If you want to impress your date with some majestic grandeur whilst dating in Edinburgh then why not visit Edinburgh’s most famous attraction.
Whether you want to delve into the depths below the Great Hall and see the vaults that used to house prisoners of war, or simply be wowed by the beautiful Grown, Sceptre, and Sword of the State, there will be something to interest both you and your date.
If you go at the right time, you can even go to music events at the castle and listen to some world class acts such as Jessie J whilst surrounded by the castle’s splendour.

For more date ideas, head to our Edinburgh Dating page.