The South Side of Edinburgh is a lively, cosmopolitan area just to the South of the Old Town. This is where most of Edinburgh University is located and it is also home to a wide variety of attractions, venues, hotels, guest houses, pubs, and restaurants.
See & Do
The South Side of Edinburgh is where you will find the National Museum of Scotland which is an essential attraction for any visitor to Edinburgh. You’ll also see a mix of grand old architecture and cutting edge design in the shape of the Edinburgh University’s many buildingsl. Just at the Eastern edge of the South Side you'll find the Crags and Arthur’s Seat which afford splendid views over the neighborhood and the city beyond it. If you want to relax with a picnic then make for the popular Meadows public park.
You’ll find all sorts of restaurants in the South Side and most of them are relaxed, friendly, and very reasonably priced. If you like a bit of spice then Kismot is unmissable because they offer a curry with the hottest chilies in the world. You can also find vegetarian Indian cuisine at Kalpna and a wide range of tasty, spicy food at Mother India’s Cafe. Another excellent Indian restaurant that’s well worth a visit is Suruchi. When it comes to the finest Indian cuisine you are really spoilt for choice.
The South Side is the most popular student area of the city as it is home to Edinburgh University. You’ll find that, as a consequence, the pubs and bars are all friendly and relaxed with a real mix of clientele. If you manage to find a sunny day then make sure to head for the Pear Tree House because it has an excellent beer garden. You won’t ever have to go far to find a pub in the South Side.
Most of the hotels in the South Side are comfortable and affordable, but there is also the grandeur of Prestonfield Hotel to consider. You’ll also find a wide variety of guest houses in attractive old Victorian town houses which will provide you with a comfortable base for any exploration of the city’s attractions. The South Side is a good place to stay as it is well served by public transport and offers a good range of attractions, nightlife, and eateries on your doorstep.
The South Side is not known for its shopping, but you will find a wide range of thrift stores, second-hand clothing shops, and student fashion boutiques. The blend of boutiques and charity shops is ideal for people with a unique sense of fashion and also for anyone who loves a great bargain. If you head further towards the far South there is the Cameron Toll shopping mall which offers a wide range of well-known chain stores and a big supermarket.