Welcome

Hi there, and thanks for stopping by. We are Boom. We love our city and want you to love it too so we’re going to share our favourite places with you. These aren’t reviews just recommendations of cool independent businesses that are unique, more importantly totally amazing at what they do!

We’ll also be sharing our favourite hidden spots around Edinburgh to explore and get the best out of our awesome city. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a seasoned local, we are sure that you’ll find something new to love.

We’re always on the look-out for new and exciting bars, cafes, restaurants and cool spots. If you own or run a unique business in Edinburgh we would love to hear from you. Just drop us a note on our contact page and we’ll be in touch. The same goes if you would like to get involved as a tipster or in another way.

Recent Posts

Art & Exhibitions

The Scotsman Steps: Work no. 1059

The Scotsman Steps: Work no. 1059 Jointly commissioned by the nearby Fruitmarket Gallery and Edinburgh World Heritage and first opened in 2011 as part of the Edinburgh International Festival, the Scotsman Steps are a permanent […]

Shopping

Lupe Pintos Deli

Do not be fooled by this unassuming storefront, as inside lies a veritable cornucopia of Mexican and American food and drink delights. Lupe Pintos first opened its doors in 1991, after the owners had spent […]

Beer Garden

The Pear Tree

Home to one of Edinburgh’s biggest beer gardens, the Pear Tree is a veritable Edinburgh institution. While the recent refurbishment may not be to everyone’s taste, and the loss of the Blind Poet is nothing […]

Drinking

Le Di-Vin

Le Di-Vin is one of Edinburgh’s best wine bars, and certainly one or our favourites. Located on Randolph Place, just off Queensferry Street, it’s a stylish and sophisticated place which still retains many of the […]

Eating

The Shore Bar and Restaurant

The Shore Bar & Restaurant has been going for over 30 years and was one of Edinburgh’s original gastropubs. It’s a buzzy, welcoming place. The wood panelled front bar with its chequered floor and marble-topped […]

Drinking

The Basement

Located down a short run of steps at the top of Broughton Street, The Basement Bar has been knocking out tasty Mexican-inspired food and tequila by the bucketload for over 20 years.  As the name […]

Eating

Iain Mellis – Cheesemonger

Back in 1993, when Iain Mellis opened his first shop, the quality and range of cheese that was generally available was pretty poor. Bright orange, rubbery cheddar, un-ripe Stilton and the dust that passed for […]

Drinking

Star Bar

Hidden away up Northumberland Street Lane, which runs between Dublin Street and Nelson Street in the New Town, the Star Bar is one of Edinburgh’s true hidden gems! It has probably the best jukebox in […]

Burns Monument
Explore

Burns Monument

The monument commemorates the life of Robert Burns (1759-1796), undoubtedly Scotland’s greatest poet. Located on Regent Road at the foot of Calton Hill, it was modelled on the Choragic Monument to Lysicrates in Athens, which […]