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


Tribe Yoga

Tribe Yoga is a cool, modern yoga studio that currently has three locations across the city: Quartermile, Leith Walk and in the New Town. They offer many different practices of yoga, from absolute beginner’s classes, […]


Kebab Mahal

Located just around the corner from the Festival Theatre on Nicolson Square, nestled between a few excellent Indian and international food shops. Kebab Mahal has been serving up seriously tasty Indian food since 1979, making […]


Bells Diner

  Bells Diner is a legendary eating place in Stockbridge that has been serving up tasty nosh since 1972, and remains proudly, ‘untouched by progress’. It’s located on St Stephen street which has no shortage […]


La Petite Mort

La Petite Mort is a charming bistro in Tollcross serving up modern Scottish food with some quirky flourishes. It shares premises with Bennets Bar but is a separate entity, having its own entrance on Valleyfield […]

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 […]


Turkish Baths @ Portobello Swim Centre

Housed within the splendid Victorian swim centre located on the promenade in Edinburgh’s seaside suburb of Portobello, these are the last remaining publicly open original ‘hot-air’ Turkish baths left in Scotland and are well worth […]


The Waverley Bar

The Waverley Bar Owned by the same family since the 1920s, the Waverley bar was closed for over a year after the death of the legendary ‘Captain’ Ian Walker in 2016. There were real fears […]


Bennets Bar

Bennets Bar is a wonderful example of a classic Victorian bar. Nestled beside the King’s Theatre in Tollcross, it was constructed at the same time, with both establishments first throwing open their doors to the […]


Vinyl Villains

Located on Elm Row at the top of Leith walk Vinyl Villains is now probably Edinburgh’s longest running independent record shop, having been open since 1983. They mostly sell pre-owned vinyl across a wide range […]