At the West End of Princes Street, you’ll find Lothian Road which leads you up to the lively area known as Tollcross, which takes its name from a busy crossroads. It’s full of affordable places to eat, some boisterous nightlife, comfortable pubs, and a smattering of shops.

Things to do

The two best independent cinemas in Edinburgh are located in this part of town. If you want to see something a little more interesting than the latest blockbuster then you can head for the Filmhouse on Lothian Road or continue up to Tollcross and see something at the Cameo. Both cinemas also feature great bars. If you prefer the big chain cinema experience then you’ll also find an Odeon on Lothian Road and there’s a big Cineworld multiplex just along from Tollcross at Fountainbridge. If you prefer the stage then head for a production at the King’s Theatre.

Where to eat?

You’ll find lots of restaurants around Tollcross that serve up various cuisines from Indian restaurants, like Mezbaan, to Mexican to Italian. There is also plenty of good pub grub to choose from. There are enough options here that you can usually find somewhere to walk in and get a decent meal without having to book in advance. There is also no shortage of fish and chip, or kebab shops for all you late night snacks. Accessible and affordable is the name of the game here.

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