Food & Drink in Edinburgh

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Food and Drink in Edinburgh: things to know before you go

With new places opening all the time, we’ve got a fix on food and drink deals in Edinburgh. But for starters, here’s our culinary guide to the city.

Where are the best bars for food and drinks in Edinburgh?

Sometimes you just want the best of both, your favourite tipple in one hand and a triple-cooked chip in the other. You’re in luck because Edinburgh has more than enough bars that also serve up delightful grub, whether you’re after small snacks, or something more wholesome. Here are our picks of the best bars for food and drinks in Edinburgh:

  • Bon Vivante is a warm and cosy bar serving up delicious small plates alongside their impressive drinks menu. We’ve got our eye on the haggis meatballs.
  • Maxies has an unbeatable location with rooftop views of Edinburgh’s old town. Enjoy a charming atmosphere in the bar area, with a hearty meal to boot.
  • The Scran and Scallie is an award-winning gastropub with an inviting bar, and a menu full of Scottish delights to feast from after a hearty walk.

What are the best restaurants in Edinburgh?

When it comes to food and drink in Edinburgh, there’s a restaurant to cover all bases. Whether a cheap and cheerful curry takes your fancy, or you’re after a special Michelin-star restaurant, there’s plenty of choice.

  • The Gardeners Cottage is based in the city centre, but you wouldn’t know it. Housed in a delightful country-style cottage, expect seasonal foods, humble interiors, and some serious culinary kudos.
  • No 11 cooks up some fine Scottish cuisine, with seasonal menus to choose from and delicious wines to accompany the flavour.
  • Ting Thai Caravan is your chance to take a wok on the wild side. This restaurant has been serving up Thai food on the streets of Edinburgh since 2012, now rustling it up in their very own restaurant.

Where can I find a good whisky tour in Edinburgh?

Being Scotland’s national drink, there’s no shortage of whisky tours in Edinburgh, taking you to the finest distilleries in the region and further afield. Here are the best places to take a dram or two:

  • Whiski Rooms host daily whisky tours in their tasting rooms, paired with cheese and chocolate as tasty sides.
  • Jeffrey St Beer hosts malt whisky tastings from distilleries around the country. Soak up the history lesson along with some warming whisky.
  • Scotch Malt Whisky Society hosts tutored tastings, with bespoke sessions available on request. If you go on a Sunday, you’ll have a hearty platter to feast on too.

What are the best restaurants near Edinburgh castle?

After a spot of culture at the weekend, finding a restaurant near the city’s best sights is key. Here are the best places for some top food and drink in the charming old town.

  • The Witchery by the Castle is hidden at the castle gates, adding to the local historic charm. Dine like a royal in one of the restaurant’s many lavish rooms.
  • Timberyard is a family-run restaurant championing fresh and local produce. Enjoy the European wines and food served traditionally from a wood-burning stove.
  • Ondine embraces Scotland’s seafood tradition with a modern twist. Drink in the panoramic views of Edinburgh’s Old Town.