Edinburgh is one of the UK’s most visited cities. It is bursting with antiquity, culture, arts
and an array of renowned cuisine. As the city continues to evolve with more trendy bars
and eclectic eateries popping up on every corner, it seems to be the place to be for food
enthusiasts. Edinburgh is a diverse city where visitors can delve into history and culture
and now, enjoy a varied range of delectable delicacies. Here are the top ten food hotspots
around Edinburgh that should not be missed.
1. If you are looking for traditional Scottish cuisine during your visit, The Albanach
on Edinburgh’s famed Royal Mile is the ultimate place to score some authentic
local fare. This warm and cosy pub offers a welcoming and comfortable
atmosphere with a large menu that offers all of Scotland’s favourite dishes such as
haggis and potato pie, fish and chips and Balmoral chicken. With a selection of
burgers and sandwiches, the Albanach’s menu has something for everyone.
Indulge in some hearty dishes, wash it down with a cold pint and don’t forget to
save room for dessert – the sticky toffee pudding is to die for!
2. The Witchery by the Castle is a much-loved favourite amongst both tourists and
locals. Housing a gothic style boutique hotel as well as the restaurant, its dark and
mysterious medieval styled décor radiates fantastic ambiance that is both inviting
and alluring to guests. The Witchery’s extensive menu offers some of the freshest
local ingredients such as Oban oysters from the waters of Argyllshire. Treat
yourself to a juicy steak or smoked wild sea trout.
This delectable dining option never disappoints. Conveniently located close to
Edinburgh Castle, it is the perfect choice after an afternoon spent touring the castle.
The castle is open from 9:30 am – 5pm in summer (4pm in winter) and tickets are
available through the Edinburgh Castle website and cost £17 for adults, £10.20 for
children (5-15 years) and £13.60 concession.
3. If you have a craving for something that isn’t traditional Scottish food, go for the
best pizza in town at Civerinos. Open until 1am this popular Italian is located just
off the Royal Mile and has a mouth-watering selection of pies which includes
combinations like slow cooked beef brisket, caramelised onions, red peppers,
mozzarella, rocket and their ‘hot AF’ sauce. Of course, for those who like to keep
it simple, you can order margarita, pepperoni and other pizza classics. Civerinos
also offers a selection of tasty pastas, salads and snacks such as fries and arancini.
This place is great for a quick pick-me- up to get you through the day or even a
late-night feast after a night out on the town.
4. Stop by for a taste of the place that has got everyone talking in Edinburgh at the
moment. Dishoom, located on St. Andrew Square puts a unique twist on Bombay
cuisine with original dishes such as lamb samosas, paneer tikka and sheekh kabab.
However, Dishoom seem to have gained their popular reputation through their
breakfast menu. The perfect hangover cure, this mastermind selection of food
consists of full breakfasts with Bombay flare and their most famous item – Naan
Rolls. The naan rolls are simply genius. Delve into a bacon and egg naan roll to kick
start your Edinburgh morning and you won’t be disappointed. When booking
accommodation in Edinburgh, be sure to pick somewhere central that is easily
accessible by foot or public transport to main attractions and areas. Fraser Suites is always a popular choice as it is situated just off the Royal Mile and walking distance to all the popular spots in town including Dishoom.
5. For the ultimate foodies, there is a gastronomic experience that is like no other. A
hidden gem, the Edinburgh Food Studio offers an evening of plate tasting that will
bring your taste buds to life. Serving only approximately 20 guests at a time, the 7-
course tasting menu is creatively constructed through experiments with seasonal
and local ingredients. Often hosting guest chefs, this is a rare opportunity to taste
culinary magic cooked by top chefs from around the world. Scoring a seat at this
exclusive table can be difficult, so make sure you book well in advance.
6. Travel down to the shores of Leith where waterside bars and restaurants create
the perfect scene for a crisp winters day or a sunny spring afternoon, sitting back
and relaxing with a warm cup of coffee or a chilled glass of wine. While you’re
down this way, be sure to stop by Nobles Café Bar & Restaurant. This welcoming
bar is full of charm with classic, yet tasteful décor and friendly staff – you will feel
like one of the locals. Enjoy the tasty menu where you will find brunch favourites
like eggs benedict as well as hearty evening meals consisting of rolled Ayrshire
pork belly, roast guinea foul and classic fish and chips. Getting to and from Leith
form the city centre is simple and can be reached easiest by bus. Visit
lothianbuses.co.uk for bus timetables.
7. Are you keen on some Asian fusion? Enjoy a flavour bursting meal at Passorn –
Edinburgh’s latest Thai addition. Using authentic family recipes, the presentation
nearly outdoes the taste. It’s simple yet sleek décor is modern and sophisticated.
Tuck into Kaeng Keow Wan; the hottest Thai green curry or a beloved dish; pad
thai. Passorn also offers a selection of seafood and vegetarian dishes so there is
something to please all palettes. Passorn is located near the Meadows, just a 20-
minute walk from the city centre.
8. How does a gastro pub started by two Michelin-starred chefs sound? Upmarket
pub grub that is sure to please, Scran & Scallie will not disappoint. It’s warm and
cosy décor makes you feel more like you are in someone’s kitchen rather than in a
pub. Its enticing menu will leave you having trouble deciding what to choose
because it all sounds delicious. Starters vary with the likes of lobster ravioli, chilli,
ginger & shellfish bisque followed up by mains that include chicken and pumpkin
caponata or the Scran & Scallie steak pie. Don’t leave without trying the chocolate
and whisky mousse, Scottish brambles and sorbet – it’s truly delectable!
9. For a great coffee and cake go to Brew Lab Coffee on South College Street. Adored
by locals and visitors, these guys take coffee very seriously. Choose from four
rotating single-origin coffees that are expertly made by skilled baristas who
constantly practice new brewing techniques to achieve the perfect cup of coffee.
At Brew Lab you can also enjoy sandwiches, soups, salads and delightful cakes. Sit
back and watch the world go by while sipping on one seriously delicious cup of
10. How about dinner with a view? That view being the world-famous Edinburgh
Castle. There is no better way to end your trip to Edinburgh than with a first-class
meal with incredible city views. Tower Restaurant located above the National
Museum of Scotland is one of Edinburgh’s best luxury restaurants. Dine in a
beautiful setting and delve into gourmet dishes such as duck breast with celeriac
and beetroot purée, red cabbage and kale or winter squash risotto. Tower
Restaurant also caters to vegetarians and vegans and offers several menus
including à la carte dinner, 2/3 course lunch, afternoon tea and more.
Whether you are a devoted foodie or simply enjoy a traditional meal in the place you are
visiting, eating your way through any city is the best way to learn the culture and what
the locals are eating. Edinburgh is full of incredible places to enjoy luxury dining, some
good old pub grub, exotic cuisine and much more.