Eating and Drinking

Edinburgh has a vast array of places to eat and drink – and five restaurants with Michelin stars.

Trip Advisor is obviously a good starting point to check out what’s what:

There are some great bars where you can just soak up the atmosphere or listen to some live Scottish music.

Canny Man’s

An amazing old-style pub in Morningside. Great ale and wine plus champagne and oysters! No website but directions here


An historic Indian at the very top of Leith Walk:

Al-Dente for Italian

A great little spot with loads of atmosphere and original food:

The Mash Tun

A pub in Easter Road, this place does good pizzas and a nice selection of beers -


Probably the best Indian take away in Scotland (seriously!). Try the lamb or chicken tikka and any of the curries with naan, rive and dhal. They’ll deliver to the apartment 9give them the address and postcode – Flat 15, 13 Lochend Park View, EH7 5FX):


Café Marlayne

Another eaterie at the top of Leith Walk (great for French bistro food):

website here

Michelin restaurants

If you fancy eating at one of the Michelin-starred eateries, lunch is by far the best and cheapest option (around £40 per head including a glass or two of wine). 

My favourite is Paul Kitching’s (not to be confused with Tom Kitchin’s The Kitchin) 21212, which will afford you the most amazing and unique food experience of your life (I love it – other people don’t agree; check out the reviews on Trip Advisor):

Regent Bar

Just 10 minutes from the apartment right on the traffic lights junction where Easter Road meets Regent Road.

A really cool spot with good ales.

Bennet’s Bar

Another charming old-style pub (which says the interior hasn’t altered since 1906) in Toll Cross (at the bottom of Lothian Road) -

Manna House Bakery

A great spot for breakfast, a mid-morning coffee, some lunch or afternoon tea (and brilliant bread and cakes to take away):


The Jazz Bar

A great late night haunt in the Old Town near the Royal Mile (on the 35 bus route) with surprisingly good music.

Brew Dog

A great bar (young and trendy) and main outlet of the brewery with the same name


Boda run a selection of brilliant bars across Edinburgh, including the Jospeh Pearce  pub in Leith Walk, Hemma near the Parliament and Sofi’s at The Shore – all unique and packed with atmosphere.

The Whiski Rooms

Has good music and plenty of scotch to sample -


Excellent middle-eastern food in a great atmosphere at the top of Leith Walk:

Taste of Italy

Good value Italian near the Playhouse at the top of Leith Walk:

Spoilt for Choice

This Caribbean and African take away (near Meadowbank retail park) offers unusual and original food and is worth a try if you like hot and spicy fare:

Another couple of great places to eat are: Porto & Fi close to the harbour,  On Dine Restaurant, a hip fish restaurant and last but not least The Scran and Scallie, a cosy and snug gastro pub in Stockbridge.

Something to avoid for visitors: deep-fried mars bars........... yeuk!!