Why we love Edinburgh: What to visit, eat and do

For 21 unbroken years, The Lady Boys of Bangkok have been coming to Edinburgh so it's safe to say we've gathered a bit of a soft spot for the Scottish capital. And as an ode to the stunning city that has been oh-so hospitable over the years, we've devised a list of all the places that we've taken a bit of a shine to. 

Edinburgh castle

Castlehill, Edinburgh, EH1 2NG

First of all, you can't go to Edinburgh without visiting the castle itself! The fact it was built on an extinct volcano is only a small fraction of the castle's immensely vibrant history. From acting as a royal treasury to being the location of the first ever fireworks display in Scotland in 1507, visiting the castle is a way to truly immerse yourself in the colourful past of not just Scotland but Britain too! And you can't deny, it's pretty stunning to look at. 

Calton Hill

Edinburgh, EH7 5AA

One of our Lady Boys proudly waving the Thai flag at Calton Hill

This is definitely the location if you're looking for the hustle and bustle of the Scottish capital. Not only is Calton Hill the key place to get a stunning view of the city, but it's also surrounded by bars, eateries and art galleries as well as the National Monument for a little bit of history too. 

The Elephant House

21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EN
Calling all fans of the wizarding world! The Elephant House is a renown coffee-break location for authors, including J.K. Rowling, who has said to have gained inspiration for the Harry Potter books looking out over the Edinburgh castle and graveyard from the café! And the unusual name? The café has a proud collection of over 600 elephant figures, ornaments and toys. Members of all houses are welcome. 

Lochrin Belle canal boat

Lothian and Borders, EH3 9QB

The Lady Boys of Bangkok setting sail in Edinburgh in 2015

Edinburgh is a big city with a population of nearly half a million people, and we can confirm the best and most stylish way to see all the wonderful sights consists of crusing round on a beautiful, purple narrowboat. Our Lady Boys of Bangkok particularly enjoyed this glamorous form of arrival!

Panda & Sons. 

79 Queen St, Edinburgh, EH2 4NF

At face value, it was a vintage barber's, but we weren't looking for a trim. Heading in the front door and out through a secret door, hidden in a bookcase, we discovered it was not a barbers but a hidden bar! With a large selection of cocktails, array of craft beers and lengthy wine list, this is the perfect place for a tipple or two. 

S. Luca Ice Cream Parlour 

16 Morningside Rd, Edinburgh, EH10 4DB

'The Greatest Showgirls' ice cream is only available for a limited time, so get it whilst you can!

Last, but certainly not least, is a true favourite of ours. S. Luca's ice cream parlour, was created by L. Scappaticcio and his wife Anastasia back in 1908. Not only did they bring a taste of Italy to Scotland, but this year they presented us with a Lady Boys of Bangkok inspired ice cream flavour! Inspired by the most glamorous girls in the business, 'The Greatest Showgirls' ice cream is vibrant and fun, just like the Lady Boys themselves!

What do you think of our list? Is there anywhere we've left that deserves a spot? Let us know in the comments below!

The Lady Boys of Bangkok are in Edinburgh from Friday 2nd to Monday 26th August. Get your tickets for The Greatest Showgirls Tour here.


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