You may have just met on a Tinder date or been together for years. But no matter how long you’ve been with your love, you will want somewhere special to take your Valentine’s this year. To help you out, Unifresher have put together a list of plenty of places in Edinburgh to wow your date this Valentine’s Day.
1. Sip a drink in a candle-lit room
Where? The Brauhaus, 105 Lauriston Pl, Edinburgh, EH3 9JG
This adorable little pub can be found on Lauriston place near Marchmont — a popular student area. Peeking inside you can see its cosy interior with old-fashioned wooden tables adorned with candles which creates an intimate ambience with even more roman candles dotted about the rest of the place. It has a rustic, vintage feel and is the perfect place to get close to that special someone.
2. Make some furry friends
Where? Maison de Moggy, 17 West Port, Edinburgh, EH1 2JA
If you’re looking for a fun day date in Edinburgh why not head over to see Edinburgh’s most beloved furry friends? This is also perfect for a mate date if you and some friends decide to ditch Tinder and meet up for a chat. It’s also a great way to keeping you posting on Instagram and avoiding the mushy public declarations of affection.
3. Have a Lady And The Tramp spaghetti moment
Where? Mia Italian Kitchen, 96 Dalry Rd, Edinburgh, EH11 2AX or 394 Morningside Rd, Edinburgh, EH10 5HX
This restaurant provides the cosiest little spot and just screams date night. The décor is adorned with cosy fairy lights and a rustic, vintage Italian vibe – the menus even come in a retro record player sleeve design! Thankfully Mia has two kitchens in Edinburgh — one in Dalry and the other in Morningside — so while it’s quite small and if one is booked up you can always try the other.
4. Grab a taste of Sicily
Where? Nonnas Kitchen, 6 Brewery Rd, Hoddesdon, EN11 8HF
Italian is undoubtedly one of the most romantic cuisines in the world, but why not try a twist to the European cuisine with Sicilian food? Nonna’s is a lovely little restaurant with attentive and excellent service. We recommend the olives and some bread and oil to share while you wait for your meal. And, since it’s valentines, you might as well tuck in with a sharing dish.
5. Cosy up in the corner of a concert
Where? The Wee Red Bar, ECA Main Building and Hunter Building, 74 Lauriston Pl, Edinburgh, EH3 9DF
If you want something a little more exciting than your typical sit-down meal, we recommend heading over to the sweet and aptly named The Wee Red Bar. This spot often has a host of different events and live music. For Valentines it costs £5 for entry with live music and cheap drinks — perfect if you’re on a first date and want to take the edge off.
6. Grab some food with a view
Where? The Outsider Restaurant, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EE
This spot is rather fancy but what better excuse to pull out all the stops than on V Day? We particularly recommend this one if you fancy a slightly earlier dinner as there is an excellent view of Edinburgh Castle — where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently visite — you can’t get much more romantic than that!
7. Break the ice on some skates
Where? Murrayfield Ice Rink, Riversdale Cres, Edinburgh, EH12 5XN
If you’re looking for a more active date on Valentine’s Day why not head over to Murrayfield for a cheap and active little skate around the rink. Sometimes all you need is a pair of skates and a willing partner to break the ice…
8. Watch a movie in style
Where? Dominion Cinema, Newbattle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH10 4RT
A classic date-night venue in Edinburgh is the family-run Dominion cinema. Snuggle up on the comfiest seats in town — they’re probably better than the ones you have at home — and watch a film, you can even experience the table service in first class for an extra ounce of luxury and class.
9. Rock on
Where? Alien Rock, 8 Pier Pl, Edinburgh, EH6 4LP or Alein Bloc, 23 Dunedin St, Edinburgh, EH7 4JG
Warning: this one isn’t for the faint-hearted. Take a trip over to the Leith area if you feel like trying your hand at a climb. Alien Rock include course where ropes and harnesses are used but if you want even more of an adrenaline rush Alien Bloc, nearby, involves no rope or harness.
10. Get all gooey over some chocolate
Where? Coro, The Chocolate Cafe, 5 Howard Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5JP or 13 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EY
Chuck away the cheap box of choccies that you picked up in a rush on the way to meet up and take them to Coro instead. Submerge yourself in the divine chocolate fondue and it’s all in the name of love…