A short guide to some of our favorite, must visit restaurants in the city centre.
From breakfast to dinner and all that’s in between, here are some of our favourite restaurants in Edinburgh that’s we’re confident won’t disappoint. This list will offer something for each and every foodie type, but if you think we’ve missed somewhere off- please let us know.
Arguably, the most important meal of the day, whether it’s a full cooked or nutty podger, THE PANTRY in Stockbridge caters for everyone. https://www.thepantryedinburgh.co.uk/menu
Tip: head along early as the pantry is always a busy local spot!
DISHOOM at popular St Andrews Square, is a less likely candidate our guests expect to head to for their first meal of the day but the Dishoom’s breakfast menu is well worth the visit. In a classic interior space, Dishoom creates a great authentic and fresh Indian dining experience for any time of the day. http://www.dishoom.com/edinburgh/
On the run? SODERBERG bakeries and cafes can be found dotted all over Edinburgh’s central hot spots. Stockbridge, Meadow walk and Broughton Street all home the Scandi inspired shops, perfect for a fresh croissant and coffee while on the move!
The number one waffle fix can be found at busy bar and restaurant TIGERLILY. Didn’t expect that? Neither did we! Located on George Street, the hotel offers some great breakfast classics for reasonable prices- be sure to book though as guaranteed the hotel is always busy!
Bacon? Our friends over at CAIRNGORM COFFEE whip up a mean toasted bacon roll. Not only are the shops fun, cosy and super cool, they also serve some of the best coffee about! pick up a bag to take home with you! You can find Cairngorm Coffee on Frederick St and Melville place.
LEO’S BEANERY– if you’re staying in one of our Jamaica Street properties (lucky you), this is a great breakfast spot. Half way down the hill on Howe St, Leo’s Beanery do a great coffee and a full variety of breakfast dishes plus, the staff are super nice.
LUNCH AND LIGHT BITES
If you’re looking for a light bite, smashed avocado on toast and a G & T to join, THE GARDEN located just off of Charlotte Sq is the place for you. Set in a super large and super cool conservatory, the garden offers great hospitality in a laid back setting. https://www.gardenedinburgh.com/
If you find yourself located in the Haymarket area of town, MILK is a must visit. The cafe is tiny, with rustic tables and chairs and fresh white tiles. Milk has freshly made sandwiches, breakfasts and soups made up daily and is a popular spot for the locals. http://www.cafemilk.co.uk/west-end
If you’re looking for something a little faster and a little healthier, HENDERSONS has been on the on the go since 1962. Serving vegan and vegetarian options, Hendersons is the longest running UK veggie restaurant and can be found on Hanover Street.
Tip: upstairs they also have a fab deli!
CAFE ROUGE, the classic french bistro chain is always a bustling stop and a go to for a never disappointing croque monsieur! Edinburgh’s Cafe Rouge can be found of central Frederick Street. Perfect for a mid shop break!
Specialising in pulled pork sandwiches and hog roasts, OINK is a favourite lunch spot. A simple menu, Choose your bread, choose your stuffing, add your sauce and you’re ready to go.So popular, they now have 3 venues; Victoria Street, Canongate and Hanover street.
We couldn’t name lunch spots without dropping in CAFE ANDALUZ. Not only are these tapas style restaurants always a go to for great Spanish food, they also over a range of great cocktails and are perfect for groups sharing plates.
TIP: if you’re going as a group, get the set menu before hand for the sharing options!
EVENING MEALS AND SOMEWHERE SPECIAL
When it comes to evening meals and the true foodie places in Edinburgh, it’s hard to put them all down on paper. We’re lucky enough to have an enormous selection but here are the few we just cant get enough of.
HAWKSMOOR– if you’re familiar with the steakhouse chain, you can stop reading. For those who aren’t, Hawksmoor offers and unfussy, classic, British menu and the steak is hugely popular. The Edinburgh spot doesnt have a dress code, but smart casual is always recommended. Other popular steakhouses?
- Gaucho, St Andrews Square
- Miller & Carter, Frederick Street
- Smoke Stack, Broughton Street
- Kyloe Restaurant and Grill, Rutland St.
- Fahrenheit Restaurant & Bar
- Chop House at the arches
THE BON VIVANT
Offering a relaxed environment with European dishes on the menu. This classic hang out is great for both food and cocktails.
Pizza, Prosecco & Beer more your thing? Try COLD TOWN HOUSE at the foot of the castle in Grassmarket. With a lovely roof terrace (for those warmer days!) and a great selection of craft beers, its somewhere fab to stop by for a quick bite or a boozy afternoon!
Fancy somewhere with a view? THE TOWER RESTAURANT. Located at the top of the National museum of Scotland, the tower has fantastic views over the city centre and straight onto the castle. offering a fine dining experience with a good atmosphere, we recommend the tower for afternoon team, lunch or dinner.
THE LOOKOUT by GARDNERS COTTAGE is a new panoramic restaurant to open at the top of Carlton Hill.food options vary, so we recommend checking these out online before bookings, but perfect for unbeatable views. https://chaophraya.co.uk/edinburgh/
Located slap bang in the middle of town, CHAOPHRAYA is the perfect spot for lunch with a view or evening meal with a cocktail. Again, the views are straight over the city centre and the restaurant sits parallel with the castle.
TIP: if not up for some Thai cuisine, we recommend booking a table for friends and enjoying the great cocktails on offer.