Someone asked about things to do and see in Edinburgh .. this initially written on 20 September 2009
Harvey Nichols has a good restaurant with views; Valvona & Crolla has a branch in the same complex (though their main shop is on Leith Walk). Other interesting shopping along Thistle St; George St has the good retail brand stores.
For a longer walk, with great viewpoints all over the city, climb up Calton Hill - good paths, good exercise, likely to be windy. Best single point for seeing how much the city has changed.