Edinburgh, known as ‘the Athens of the North’ and one of the UK’s most romantic cities, is full of possibilities for starry-eyed couples. Here’s our pick of events and venues of where to feel most ‘at home in Edinburgh’ this Valentine’s Day – whether you’re all loved up, or most definitely not!
The finest of fine dining – The Stockbridge Restaurant, St. Stephen Street
Just a few doors along from At Home In Edinburgh’s office on St. Stephen Street is The Stockbridge Restaurant. Cosied in a basement, the restaurant is full of atmosphere and character, where candlelight warms the natural stone walls and the finest of Edinburgh’s fine food is served. In fact, the restaurant has been awarded two AA Rosettes, and has been voted in the Sexiest 20 Restaurants by The Times. Sounds like a winner to us!
Café Voices – Love Springs Eternal: Scottish Storytelling Centre – Thursday 14th Feb
For something a wee bit different, celebrate with your significant other by joining guest storyteller Claire Hewitt for an evening of loving stories – love shows itself in all forms, sometimes when we’re least expecting it…
Café Voices is the Centre’s monthly storytelling session, with an open-floor section for storytellers to tell their own tales, all in the relaxed surroundings of the Storytelling Court.
Valentine’s Recital by candlelight – Friday 15th February
If you’re truly looking to woo that someone special or score off-the-chart Brownie points for romance, then this candlelit piano recital is for you. The venue is the historic, atmospheric St. Giles Cathedral; the mood will be set by glowing candlelight; the evening’s performance a recital by acclaimed pianist Daniel Grimwood. Featuring beautiful pieces, full of emotion, including Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, this is one Valentine’s you won’t forget in a hurry.
Valentine’s dining with a view at Chaophraya, Castle Street
Add the wow factor to your evening with stunning views to Edinburgh Castle or out towards the Firth of Forth, from Chaohraya Edinburgh. Set up on the fourth floor, the restaurant offers classic Thai food and fabulous cocktails, alongside the vistas over Edinburgh’s historic rooftops. If you time your visit with sunset, your dining partner is sure to be especially impressed!
A coastal adventure – explore Cramond Island
Forget Love Island – Cramond Island is perfect for a day’s exploring, whether it’s a trip for one, two or a whole group of you. There are loads of great walks in and around Edinburgh, but adventuring out across the tidal causeway gets our vote. There’s also the historic Cramond village to explore, a beautiful seafront promenade and a choice of cafés, bistros and restaurants once you’ve worked up an appetite.
The Stand Comedy Club’s Anti-Valentine’s Day – Wednesday 13th Feb
If you’d prefer to avoid the smug, gooey behaviour that Valentine’s Day can bring out even in the best of couples, then this is the place for you – The Stand’s Comedy Club features Rachel Fairburn, Keir McAllister, Robin Grainger and Wayne Mazadza. Add in a tipple or two from the bar, and we know you’ll be laughing.