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.

Events

Check out our What’s On page for our pick of  the best gigs, clubs, exhibitions and other cool happenings that are coming up in Edinburgh.

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Recent Posts

Burns Monument
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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 […]

Drinking

Smoke & Mirrors

One of the newer additions to the Leith bar scene, Smoke & Mirrors can be found on Constitution Street in what used to be the Alan Breck Lounge. There’s no exterior signage, but it is […]

Eating

Harajuku Kitchen

Harajuku Kitchen is a bright and airy Japanese bistro which, while always busy, is positively Zen-like in comparison to the almost manic hustle and bustle of the real Harajuku district in Tokyo. They offer a […]

Shopping

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 […]

Explore

Aerotone @ Portobello Swim Centre

An Aerotone is a Victorian hydrotherapy treatment method, which was essentially a prototype of the modern-day Jacuzzi bath. There are very few working examples left today, which makes a visit to the one at Portobello Swim […]

Beer Garden

Cumberland Bar

Tucked away at the Drummond Place end of Cumberland Street, the Cumberland bar (or the Cumbie as it’s known to its regulars) is a relaxed and cosy Victorian-style bar. The daily menu combines unpretentious gastropub […]

Drinking

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 […]

Eating

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 […]