Posted on December 22, 2017
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Living day to day life in a foreign city can be challenging when you do not know where to go and how to get work done, find below a gist of everything you need to have knowledge about to lead a comfortable and eventful life! Now that you are all settled in your new apartment, here's something to make your life easier:

Entertainment

Need to unwind after a long week?

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Museums

Treat yourself to some art and history every once in a while!

  • Museum of Edinburgh, formerly known as Huntly House Museum, is a museum in Edinburgh situated in the late 16th-century Huntly House. It houses a collection relating to the town's origins, history and legends.
  • National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, was formed in 2006 with the merger of the new Museum of Scotland (1998), with collections relating to Scottish antiquities, culture and history, and the adjacent Royal Museum (1866) with collections covering science and technology, natural history, and world cultures.
  • The Writers' Museum, established in 1907 and housed in Lady Stair's House at the Lawnmarket, in Edinburgh, presents the lives of three of the foremost Scottish writers: Robert Burns, Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. Run by the City of Edinburgh Council, the collection includes portraits, works and personal objects.
  • Surgeons' Hall Museum established in 1697 is the major medical museum in Scotland, and one of Edinburgh's many tourist attractions. The museum is recognised as a collection of national significance by the Scottish Government.
  • National Library of Scotland is the legal deposit library of Scotland and is one of the country's National Collections. The library holds 7 million books, 14 million printed items and over 2 million maps. It was established in the year 1925.

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Theatres

Attend a concert or alternate between old movies and live events, there's a plethora of choices.

  • Edinburgh Festival Theatre (formerly Empire Palace Theatre) is a performing arts venue located on Nicolson Street in Edinburgh, Scotland used primarily for performances of opera and ballet, large-scale musical events, and touring groups. It first opened in November, 1892.
  • King's Theatre was opened in 1906 and stands on a prominent site on Leven Street in Edinburgh. It is one of Scotland's historic and most important theatres. It plays a vital role in today's theatre industry as much as it has done in its 100 years of service to Edinburgh theatre patrons.
  • Traverse Theatre is a theatre in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was founded in 1963. It presents a large number of productions from visiting companies from across the UK. These include new plays, adaptations, dance, physical theatre, puppetry and contemporary music.
  • Royal Lyceum Theatre is a theatre in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. It was built in 1883 and has primarily been known for its provision of drama. However it has also presented some significant opera. The theatre is believed to be haunted and there have been sightings of a blue lady and shadowy figures.
  • Edinburgh Playhouse opened in 1929 is a former cinema in Edinburgh, which now hosts touring musicals and music concerts. The building is said to be haunted by a ghost called Albert, a man in a grey coat who appears on level six accompanied by a chill in the air.

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Sports

Catch a game and vibe with the spirit of Edinburgh.

  • Murrayfield Stadium (known as BT Murrayfield Stadium) is a sports stadium located in the west end of Edinburgh. It is the largest in Scotland. The stadium is primarily used as a venue for rugby union matches. It also hosts football matches and music concerts.
  • Tynecastle Park is a football stadium situated in the Gorgie area of Edinburgh, it is home to a Scottish Professional Football League club, Heart of Midlothian. It opened in 1886.
  • Easter Road is a football stadium located in the Leith area of Edinburgh. It opened in 1893. It also hosts rugby matches and music concerts.
  • Meadowbank Stadium (officially Meadowbank Sports Centre) is a multi-purpose sports facility located at Meadowbank, in Edinburgh. It hosts several game matches like the Commonwealth Games, Football, Basketball, Track cycling, Rugby and Boxing. Its also a host ground to concerts.

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Festivals

Lights, Street Performers and Art.. Edinburgh has it all!

  • Edinburgh Festival Fringe was inaugurated in 1947 and is the world's largest arts festival. It is an open access performing arts festival, meaning there is no selection committee, and anyone may participate, with any type of performance.
  • Edinburgh International Festival is an annual festival of performing arts in Edinburgh, Scotland, over three weeks in August. The festival brings top class performers of music (especially classical music), theatre, opera and dance from around the world to perform. The festival also hosts a series of visual art exhibitions, talks and workshops.
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) is an annual fortnight of cinema screenings and related events taking place each June. Established in 1947, it is the world's oldest continually running film festival.
  • Edinburgh People's Festival is an arts festival in Edinburgh, Scotland which is intended as a celebration of indigenous talent and cultural entertainment at venues across the city, especially in the outer schemes at prices everyone can afford.
  • Edinburgh Military tattoo is an annual series of Military tattoos performed at the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle by British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and International military bands and display teams. This is held during the month of August each year which coincides with the Fringe Festival and International Festival.

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Places to Visit

For the tourist in you!

  • Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh. Edinburgh Castle remains the most popular paid visitor attraction in Scotland, with over 1.4 million visitors in 2013.
  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is a scientific centre for the study of plants, their diversity and conservation, as well as a popular tourist attraction. Founded in 1670 as a physic garden to grow medicinal plants, today it occupies four sites across Scotland.
  • St Giles' Cathedral, also known as the High Kirk of Edinburgh, is the principal place of worship of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. The church has been one of Edinburgh's religious focal points for approximately 900 years.
  • Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia, also known as the Royal YachtBritannia, is the former royal yacht of the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, in service from 1954 until 1997. During her 43-year career, the yacht travelled more than a million nautical miles around the globe.
  • Mary King's Close is a historic close located under buildings on the Royal Mile, in the historic Old Town area of Edinburgh. The tour tells the real stories of the people who lived, worked and died on these now hidden closes.

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Everyday Eating

All restaurants mentioned under this category offer take out, and are affordable for consistent eating!

  • The Piemaker at South Bridge in Edinburgh are famous for their inexpensive fast food and desert. Open from 9:00 am --- 8:30 pm on all days of the week.
  • 10-to-10 In Delhi on Nicolson Street is an Indian restaurant open everyday from 10:00 am --- 10:00 pm. You can enjoy a full meal here under £10.
  • Oink serves inexpensive fast food and sandwiches at Victoria Street from11:00 am --- 5:00 pm on all days.
  • Wings Edinburgh is famous for their under £10 chicken wing meals. Open everyday from 12:00 pm --- 11:00 pm.
  • Clamshell can be left spending under £10 and eating the best Fish and Chips in Edinburgh. The restaurant is open from 11:00 am --- 1:00 am throughout the week.

Coffeehouses

These coffee houses will make you forget Starbucks.

  • Wellington Coffee at George Street
  • Brew Lab Coffee at College Street
  • Castello Coffee Co at Castle Street
  • Kilimanjaro Coffee at Nicolson Street

Shopping

Fresh and trending!

Drugstores

These drugstores have several branches in and around Chicago, visit thier websites to know which one you're closest to.

  • Walgreens
  • Boots
  • Superdrugs

Convenience Stores (Grocery/Supermarket)

Popular amongst students and locals alike, there are a lot of branches around Melbourne for these stores.

  • 7 Eleven
  • Rite Aid
  • Cumberland Farms

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Clothing (women & men)

  • H&M at New Town
  • Primark at New Town
  • Who's Who at Old Town

Convenience

We're sure you miss the comfort of home.

Laundromats

Most of the time, you'll find this basic amenity at home or in your apartment building, incase you don't ..

  • Launderette at Montrose Terrace
  • Suds R Us at Polwarth Terrace
  • Bendix Self-Service at Leith Walk
  • City Laundry & Ironing Services at Dalry Road
  • Ace Cleaning Centre at Clerk Street

Food Delivery

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