As you pack for Edinburgh, don’t forget to bring your appetite! From Michelin starred gourmet to hearty Scottish classics, Edinburgh’s cuisine scene is a recipe for pure happiness.
The Kitchin – Leith
Chef Tom Kitchin fills his menu with only the very best local ingredients, providing each diner with a map showing where exactly their food came from. The Edinburgh native, who got his start as an apprentice at Gleneagles (home of the 2014 Ryder Cup), never fails to deliver a truly special dining experience in his cosy restaurant on the shore.
21212 – Old Town
This elegant restaurant serves up beautifully crafted French cuisine, paired with delicious wines and set in the elegant surroundings of a historic Georgian townhouse. Paul Kitching is known as one of the UK’s most prestigious chefs, with Gordan Ramsey calling him a “powerhouse of the north.”
The White Hart Inn – Grassmarket
Edinburgh’s Grassmarket neighbourhood has its share of cosy pubs, but the White Hart is arguably the most charming. It also serves up some of the best comfort food in all of Edinburgh. Mac and cheese, steak and ale pie, bangers and mash – good luck deciding!
The World’s End – Royal Mile
Situated on the Royal Mile where the city walls once stood, The World’s End pub is very aptly named. If the apocalypse was indeed approaching, a plate of haggis, neeps and tatties from this cosy pub would make the perfect last meal.
The Queen’s Arms – New Town
Tucked away beneath the historic Frederick Street in Edinburgh’s New Town, The Queen’s Arms serves up classic dishes with a gourmet twist. Despite winning the DRAM ‘Gastropub of the Year’ award, this pub remains a hidden gem.
Hula Juice Bar – Victoria Street, Grassmarket
Smoothies anyone? Hula’s the best place in town to grab a fresh and fruity blended beverage. It also has an array of lunch options, including wraps, bagel sandwiches and soups.
Enjoy a coffee, some shortbread and gorgeous castle views from the same place where JK Rowling scribbled her idea for ‘Harry Potter’ on a napkin.
Brew Lab – Old Town
Freemans – Marchmont
Enjoy the friendly neighbourhood vibes in Marchmont’s hippest coffee joint. Not only does Freemans make a mean cappuccino, but their lunch menu lists one delicious dish after the next. We recommend the avocado on toast.
Angels With Bagpipes – The Royal Mile
This city centre restaurant, located near many of our Royal Mile apartments, may make you think differently about Scottish cuisine. Forget about chippies and deep-fried Mars bars, Scottish food means fresh Orkney sirloin, hearty fish pie and stone bass farfalle. These are just some of the mouth-watering dishes you’ll have to choose from.
The Witchery – Castlehill
An iconic Edinburgh institution, The Witchery is more than just a restaurant – it’s a quintessential Edinburgh experience. Right next to the Castle, tucked below the Royal Mile cobblestones, this candle-lit restaurant features a gourmet menu that includes Argyll oysters, tender Scottish steak, rich chicken cannelloni and much much more.