Places to eat in Edinburgh

From wood-fired pizzas and decadent romance to Michelin-starred magic and India street food, there are plenty of reasons to take trains to Edinburgh…  


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Greasy Spoon

The Haven 

A modern version of the classic greasy spoon. All-day breakfast or a veggie breakfast will get you off to a flying start, but you can also have a morning roll or that traditional Scottish favourite porridge. With a stag’s head on the wall and comfy armchairs, it's proper homely.

Where to find it? 8/9 Anchorfield, EH6 4JG

How much? £  

Street Food


Alplings serves up the kind of grub normally reserved for the Alpine slopes. Take the downhill to Leith Farmers’ market for vegetarian bread-based dumplings (cheese, beetroot and spinach) topped with a choice of parmesan buttermelt, horseradish, mushroom and gorgonzola.

Where to find it? Leith Farmers’ market on Saturdays and Stockbridge market Sundays

How much? £  

Light Lunch

Manna House Bakery and Patisserie

Superb sandwiches await. Think bread baked on-premises overnight then piled precariously high with lush toppings. Try the porchetta on donker or the smoked mackerel pate bagel – you won’t regret it. They do amazing soup too if you’re craving something to warm the soul. But remember to take cash as they don't take cards.

Where to find it? 22-24 Easter Road, EH7 5RG

How much? £

Cheap Eats

La Favorita 

Thin and crispy pizzas lovingly and freshly made using dough from Padova Veneta and cooked in a 3000°C wood-fired oven have made this an award-winning pizzeria. It's earned the title Best Pizza Restaurant in the UK at least five years in a row…. But if you don't fancy the pizza then there are grills and pasta too.

Where to find it?  325-331 Leith Walk, EH6 8SA

How much? ££

Posh nosh

Martin Wishart 

Winning a Michelin star every year since 2001, Martin Wishart's restaurant in the Port of Leith knows its onions when it comes to seriously posh nosh. He combines the best of traditional and modern French cooking, having trained under chefs like Albert Roux and Michel Roux Jr. You've bought a cheap ticket to Edinburgh… go on, you can afford it…

Where to find it? South West 54 The Shore, Leith, EH6 6RA

How much? £££

Gastro pub greats

Scran and Scallie

If you’re after an authentic Scottish dining experience this’ll be right up your street. The brainchild of two of Scotland's top Michelin-star chefs, Scran and Scallie offers life-affirming Scots classics such as Sheep's Heid Scotch Broth (tastier than it sounds) and a daily crumble. The décor is a mix of modern Scottish and Scandinavian.

Where to find it? 1 Comely Bank Road, Stockbridge, EH4 1DT

How much? ££

Rustic romantic

The Witchery by the Castle 

Dating back to the 16th century, this gothic, wood-panelled, candle-lit space is ideal for impressing a date. It’s seriously romantic, and the food is mighty fine. It led the way for the revival of fine dining in the city and if you stick to the set menu it won't break the bank. Sir Cameron Mackintosh described it as ‘Delicious food in an idyllic setting’. You can dine al fresco in the summer.

Where to find it? Castlehill, The Royal Mile, EH1 2NF

How much? ££/£££

Gorgeous global grub

Tuk Tuk 

A homage to the roadside culinary geniuses of India who help feed the nation – but in a restaurant out of the cold where you can sit down. Curries, biryani, flatbreads and a new one on us a fiery Kolkata chilli noodle dish. Bombay cola and fresh mint tea of chai complete the Indian experience. BYOB – beer and wine only.                  

Where to find it? 1 Leven Street

How much? ££

Trendy hipster

Bread Meats Bread 

This no-booking joint offers burgers so packed to the rafters they have to be held together with a wooden pick. The signature Lothian Wolf burger has American cheese, crispy bacon, pulled pork in BBQ sauce, crispy fried onions and Nduja mayo. It's so happening it's even made cheese on toast trendy.

Where to find it? 92 Lothian Road, EH3 9BE

How much? ££