<span class="travelcolor">50 Best ...</span> Real Edinburgh

There's so much more to it than the Festival. Tess Greig, Paul Giggal and their panel of Edinburgh experts show you how to make the most of this cool, cultured and historic city all year round
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Best pubs & bars
Port O' Leith
The Blue Moon Café
The Pond
Dizzy Lizzy's
Café Royal
City Cafe
The Cask And Barrel

Best shops
Jane Davidson
Joseph Bonnar
Wm Armstrong & Sons
Robert Cresser's Brush Shop
Valvona & Crolla
Just Junk
The Cook's Bookshop

The panel
Sarah Smith presents Channel 4 News and is its Scottish political correspondent. Mark Cousins is the presenter of BBC TV's Moviedrome and Scene by Scene, and a former director of the Edinburgh Film Festival. Kevin Williamson is series editor of Rebel Inc. Peter Irvine is the author of guide books Scotland The Best! and Edinburgh The Best!, and is the director of Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations. Actress and comedian Lynn Ferguson is appearing at this year's Edinburgh Festival; her most recent role was Mac in Chicken Run. Kelly Cooper-Barr is Scotland's leading fashion stylist, broadcaster and socialite. Jamie Byng runs the Edinburgh-based Canongate Books.
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