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- Savour sensuous delights at the Chocolatarium
- Team up for a Great Game Treasure Hunt
- Ignite a culinary romance at YO!'s Sushi School
- Sing a duet at Cab-arette
- Dine under cherry blossoms at Tattu
- Discover global flavours at Edinburgh Street Food
- Share a celestial journey at The Royal Observatory
- Enjoy cocktails with a view at SKYbar
- Share a steak dinner at Hawksmoor
- Walk hand-in-hand down the Royal Mile
Are you and your partner stuck in a rut, constantly caught between deciding what to watch on Netflix and whose turn it is to do the dishes?
Break free and indulge in delectable cuisine, explore charming neighbourhoods, and immerse yourselves in new experiences.
Whether you seek tranquillity, adventure, or quality time together, our list of the top things to do in Edinburgh for couples will help you reignite that spark!
Savour sensuous delights at the Chocolatarium
Address: 3-5 Cranston St, Edinburgh EH8 8BE, United Kingdom
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun: 10 AM–5 PM
Contact Details: +44 131 556 7005
Price: Tour of Chocolate
Adults – £22
Children aged 6 and over – £15
£38 per person
Calling all chocoholic lovebirds: I’m sure you’ll love going on a chocolate tour at the Chocolatarium, my personal happy place! This 90-minute journey’s so fun because you’ll discover the secrets of chocolate making.
After the tour, you can explore the world of chocolate in their tasting room, with over 50 types of delicious chocolate bars to tantalise your taste buds. For me, the highlight is the chance to create your very own chocolate bar, a sweet memento to take home!
For a sweet and savoury adventure that foodie couples won’t want to miss, do secure a spot in their Truffle Making Masterclass. With expert guidance, you can create handcraft delectable truffles together that’ll make for a delightful shared experience.
Team up for a Great Game Treasure Hunt
Contact Details: +44 2034 883772
Dress Code: Weather-appropriate casual clothes and comfy shoes
- Edinburgh Treasure Hunt East Route – Each pack is for 2 people – £19.99
- Edinburgh Treasure Hunt West Route – Each pack is for 2 people – £19.99
Treasure hunts teach us that sometimes, the real treasure is buried beneath layers of laughter and silly moments. So, why not embark on an exciting and unique adventure with your partner through the Great Game Treasure Hunt in Edinburgh?
I think challenging yourselves with puzzles, riddles, codes, and orienteering work as you navigate the city’s famous landmarks and hidden back streets would be so fun.
Oh, and what awaits you after your adventure? A pub table already booked and 20% off your total food and drink bill.
Don’t panic if you get stuck or feel a bit lost. The answers to the clues are cleverly hidden upside down on the bottom of the back page; take a moment to refer to them and use the grid references provided.
Ignite a culinary romance at YO!’s Sushi School
Address: First Floor, 78 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2ER, United Kingdom
- Mon-Sat: 11 AM–10 PM
- Sunday: 11 AM–9 PM
Contact Details: +44 131 341 2062
- Arrival drink – Coca Cola, Asahi 330ml or 125ml, Prosecco, or
- Cawston press juice
- Edamame and gyozas to share
- History of Sushi
- Fish cutting skills
- Construction of four delicious sushi items
- 20% off purchase of our sushi kits
We do believe that couples that roll together, stay together. Why not enjoy a sushi-licious adventure at YO!’s Sushi School that’ll spice up your relationship?
I encourage you to celebrate your love for sushi as you roll like pros (or at least, try to) in these exclusive classes held at YO! on Wednesday evenings. This two-hour session covers everything – from the history of sushi to knife cutting skills.
Whether you’re a Maki Master or a Nigiri newbie, this immersive experience allows you to learn, create, and savour your own sushi creations. Then, join other class-goers and then indulge in your handmade – and hopefully, edible – delights together.
Keep in mind that latecomers arriving 15 minutes after the class has begun may not be admitted. So, to make the most of your sushi school experience, be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes early, allowing you and your partner to get settled.
Sing a duet at Cab-arette
Address: Cab-arette Cab, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1
Booking Slots: 12 PM, 2 PM, 5 PM, 8 PM
Contact Details: +44 7742 209031
Tickets: Two people – £120.00
For music-loving couples, I recommend going for a night of laughter, music, and unforgettable entertainment with Cab-arette. You’ll enjoy the hilarity of attempting an unapologetically off-key duet with your partner, complete with unwavering enthusiasm!
After stepping into Lola’s cab, you’ll be whisked away on a magical journey through Edinburgh’s streets. With a variety of characters and surprises, Lola and “the gang” promise 90 minutes of pure, customisable entertainment that you’ll cherish forever.
Aim to book a 5 PM slot. This allows you and your partner to enjoy a delightful evening filled with laughter and entertainment, and leaves you with the perfect opportunity to have a romantic dinner date afterwards.
Dine under cherry blossoms at Tattu
Address: 18 W Register St, Edinburgh EH2 2AA, United Kingdom
- Mon-Thurs, Sun: 12–11:30 PM
- Fri-Sat: 12 PM–12 AM
Contact Details: +44 131 558 1922
Who needs Cupid’s arrow when you can have cherry blossoms and a sumptuous meal? Nestled within a breathtaking setting that fuses traditional Chinese design and modern elements, Tattu invites couples into an enchanting atmosphere.
This hidden gem offers the innovative flavours of contemporary Chinese cuisine. As a cherry on top, their opulent dessert choices will leave you gazing into each other’s eyes in a shared moment of bliss.
For an extraordinary culinary adventure, we recommend their “Taste of Tattu” menu. This features an exquisite selection of eight dishes, which includes their famous seven-spiced seared tuna and Asian pear sticky toffee pudding.
Discover global flavours at Edinburgh Street Food
Address: OMNi Centre, Leith St, Edinburgh EH1 3AU, United Kingdom
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun: 12PM–11 PM
Traders: The Peruvian, Chix, Fabbrica, Soft Core, Antojitos, What Le Duck, The House of Tapas, Bundits, Junk, Homies
You and your date can also swing by Edinburgh Street Food, a haven for food-loving couples seeking bold flavours and a lively atmosphere. With 10 diverse traders, 3 bars, and over 500 seats, this foodie paradise offers an array of award-winning cuisines.
You should definitely try the juicy duck burger from What Le Duck or the delectable Korean fried chicken bao bun from Bundits. And don’t you dare miss the Detroit-style pizza from Homies Pizza, which boasts a perfect balance of thickness and lightness.
For vegan couples, they have a diverse range of 18 vegan mains, 15 vegan sides, as well as vegan sauces. They even have vegan desserts, featuring toppings like vegan honeycomb and adorable chickpea water meringues!
Share a celestial journey at The Royal Observatory
Address: Blackford Hill, Edinburgh EH9 3HJ, United Kingdom
Contact Details: +44 131 668 8100
Tickets: Starts at £4.50
If you and your beloved love stargazing – the perfect date for astronomy enthusiasts and hopeless romantics – head on over to the Royal Observatory Edinburgh. This A-listed observatory is a hidden gem, allowing you to gaze at the twinkling night sky.
For me, it’s quite thrilling to look through the same telescopes that once aided astronomers in groundbreaking research.
Then, you and your date can go on a guided tour. This is where you’ll unravel the mysteries of the cosmos, or maybe just debate which planet would make the best honeymoon destination.
Pre-book tickets months in advance since their seasonal events and programs tend to sell out quickly.
Enjoy cocktails with a view at SKYbar
Address: 34 Bread St, Edinburgh EH3 9AF, United Kingdom
Contact details: +44 131 221 5555
- Friday: 5 PM–12 AM
- Saturday: 2 PM–12 AM
- Sunday: 12–5 PM
Seeking a date spot where the views are as captivating as your partner’s smile? You should absolutely visit SKYbar Edinburgh for a memorable evening with breathtaking sights.
As the sun sets, the bar offers breathtaking vistas of the beautifully illuminated Edinburgh Castle and the sparkling Fife coast. It’s no wonder this venue is highly sought after for swanky events, such as the Love Island show finale in 2019.
Keep in mind that minimum spends for this place apply, but the experience is worth it.
To secure a window seat booking, do book well in advance, as these popular spots fill up quickly. If you’re unable to secure a booking, check out our list of the best rooftop bars in Edinburgh that you could also try.
Share a steak dinner at Hawksmoor
Address: 23 W Register St, Edinburgh EH2 2AA, United Kingdom
Contact details: +44 131 526 4790
- Mon-Wed: 5–10 PM
- Thurs-Sat: 12–3 PM, 5–10 PM
- Sunday: 11:30 AM–9 PM
Is there anything more heartwarming than witnessing your date’s eyes light up as they take their first bite of a mouthwatering steak? With that said, I recommend booking a table at Hawksmoor – a posh restaurant that offers an elegant dining experience.
My personal favourite is their filet mignon. Featuring Scottish grass-fed beef, this dish is a culinary masterpiece: tender, perfectly cooked, and accompanied by delicious trimmings.
Hawksmoor also caters to special occasions with two private dining rooms available for rent. The ambiance and culinary expertise make Hawksmoor a worthwhile destination for a memorable date night.
For those seeking value, their set menus offer a two or three-course meal at affordable prices until 6 PM.
Walk hand-in-hand down the Royal Mile
Address: Edinburgh EH1 1QS, United Kingdom
Operating Hours: Open 24 hours
I believe that the most enchanting dates are the ones that allow you to slow down, appreciate each other’s company, and create lasting memories. Thus, a relaxed walk along the Royal Mile can make for a simple yet charming experience.
With luck, you could encounter vibrant street performers and musicians, adding a touch of magic to your romantic outing. To kill time, you can also explore the quaint shops and boutiques for unique souvenirs.
Along the way, you can visit the majestic St Giles’ Cathedral, an awe-inspiring landmark.
Overall, this iconic thoroughfare would be the perfect backdrop to deepen your connection as a couple – or at the very least, make tourists jealous!
Venture into the alleyways and unlock a world of hidden gems; these off-the-beaten-path treasures include secret gardens and mom-and-pop shops.