Roof top bar at Cold Town House

Restaurants and Bars with a View.

With the news that Johnnie Walkers are to open in the west End of Princes Street. The plans include a roof top bar area which will have great views of edinburgh Castle. This got me to thinking of other Edinburgh restaurants/bars with views. Johnnie Walkers now taking bookings for their Princes Street visitor centre.

Roof top of Cold Town House

Old Town and New Town 

The Cold Town House opened in March 2019  has a roof top beer garden. With a spectacular view up towards the back of Edinburgh Castle. The seating is dotted with many colourful scatter cushions. Also a couple of old ski lift gondolas for those not so warm days.  They not only brew their beer on the premises but serve a good range of food over the three floors. With their speciality being pizzas using the same yeast for their dough as they use in making their beer.

Another new addition in 2019 to Edinburgh bar and restaurant scene is the Look Out restaurant on Carlton Hill. This restaurant run by Gardeners Cottage commands great views.  Looking over the New town of Edinburgh and across to Edinburgh Castle. Can be busy in the evening. But they do a very nice continental breakfast so a good place to start the day off. With booking being recommended.

Keeping in the New Town area, Harvey Nichols top floor restaurant has a lovely view over St Andrews Square and Edinburgh castle. Whether going for a full meal or tea and scone. Just along the street is Chaophraya Thai Restaurant on corner of George and Castle St. Where this roof top restaurant has some tables with views up to Edinburgh Castle.

Rather left field from what I normally promote is Zizzis Italian restaurant part of a chain. But in a fantastic location, Roxburghe Court, off the Royal Mile with views from their windows looking out over Princes St Gardens. As well as the monument to Sir Walter Scott and Princes street itself.

The Castle view from different angles

On the rare occasion that the Skybar of the Doubletree is open to the public. Only open the first Thursday of every month, as it is mainly used for private events. They have great views of Edinburgh castle and Princes street Gardens from an angle not usually enjoyed that often by the general public.

If lucky enough to get a window table at the Outsider on George the IV bridge. You will enjoy views of the Old Town and a back view of Edinburgh Castle. The Outsider offer a more than reasonably priced lunch menu. With its informal surroundings it is a great place to while away a couple of hours in between sightseeing on the Royal Mile.

If it is more of a coffee and sandwich you are after just a couple of doors along from the Outsider is the Elephant House . Famous for, allegedly, being the birth place of Harry Potter. They too have lovely views out over the Old Town. With their viewtaking in George Heriots High School and Greyfriars Kirk graveyard. The kirkyard is where a few character names from Harry Potter can be found etched on some of the grave stones.

Leith and surrounding area

View from Old Chain Pier

Moving away from the City centre down to the river Forth the Old Chain pier bar has lovely views out across the Forth to Fife. It has a nice local feel with good range of bar food. Heading back in towards Leith is the Loch Fyne Seafood & Grill and The Fishmarket  . Both having lovely views over Newhaven Harbour and both in their own way promoting Scottish seafood at its best. In Leith itself Tuecthers Landing has lovely views from the Conservatory at the back of the building over the river of Leith.

People watching

Or If you just want to people watch, lovely views can be enjoyed in the Dome on George Street, Le di Vin in Randolph Place or Panda and sons cocktail bar in Queen Street.

We walk past a number of these venues on our Eat walk Edinburgh Old and New town food tour so will point them out as we go along.