For me, Edinburgh is a kind of mini London, with beautiful Georgian houses but with the countryside and sea close by. I love the cranky little restaurants such as The Gardener’s Cottage, which is like an oasis in the middle of town and serves the most delicious seasonal food. 1 Royal Terrace Gardens, London Road, EH7 (0131-677 0244; thegardenerscottage.co).
Timberyard is another favourite. The private dining room is in a shed with an open fire, and I love the modern industrial furniture. 10 Lady Lawson Street, EH3 (0131-221 1222; timberyard.co).
There’s great shopping at the independent fashion boutique Dick’s, which has a brilliant edit of under-the-radar brands. 3 North West Circus Place, EH3 (0131-226 6220; dicks-edinburgh.co.uk).
Just 20 minutes outside town is the breathtaking Pentland Ridge walk, where you can see miles and miles of open countryside – it’s a real example of how Edinburgh provides the best of both worlds.
In terms of culture, the National Portrait Gallery is fantastic, of course – but then there’s the Ingleby Gallery for contemporary Scottish art and Fine Art Society for 20th-century Scottish painting. Fine Art Society, 6 Dundas Street, EH3 (0131-557 4050; fasedinburgh.com). Ingleby Gallery, 33 Barony Street, EH3 (0131-556 4441; inglebygallery.com). National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen Street, EH2 (0131-624 6200; nationalgalleries.org).