A Foodie’s Guide: Where to Eat in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is blessed with a multitude of great places to eat and drink as well as local Scottish produce of the highest quality. We were recently invited to discover the region’s culinary delights on a foodie exploration of Edinburgh, Fife and St. Andrew’s by Visit Scotland.  We’ll be sharing more about our adventures along the picturesque coastline soon, but for now let’s head to Scotland’s capital for our guide of where to eat in Edinburgh.

Coffee and doughnuts at Baba Budan

If you’re a fan of doughnuts then don’t miss the delicious ones on offer at Baba Budan, Located in the new Waverley Arches development, they also have plans to bring their artisan coffee and doughnuts to markets across the city. The doughnut fillings change regularly – we were tempted by the chocolate one, after a tasty mushroom and poached eggs on toast. Coffee is equally flavourful, with Square Mile and Coffee Collective being their preferred suppliers.

Baba Budan in EdinburghContemporary Indian dining at Dishoom

For Indian dining with a contemporary twist, you can’t beat Dishoom, one of our favourite places to eat in Edinburgh. Located in a handsome stone building on St Andrew Square, the restaurant is an homage to Sir Patrick Geddes, a Scottish botanist and town planner born in 1854. After improving living conditions in the Old Town in Edinburgh, he travelled to Bombay where he became a confidant of Gandhi and helped to plan many Indian cities.

Dinner at Dishoom, Edinburgh, Scotland
Whilst Dishoom is new to Edinburgh, they’re very well established in London thanks to their succulent vegetable, fish and meat dishes. The atmosphere in their Edinburgh restaurant is vibrant with knowledgeable staff who will talk you through the many specialties on offer.

Dishoom review
Try a lassi to go with your meal – these yoghurt based drinks are truly refreshing. Finish with kulfi on a stick, this Indian ice cream makes a perfect dessert.

Dishoom, Edinburgh, Scotland Deli delights at Valvona and Crolla

Valvona & Crolla is well known as the oldest deli and Italian wine merchant in Scotland. From their foodhall situated on Elm Row to their new café on luxurious Multrees Walk and their outposts in Jenners department store and online delivery, they’ve been serving the UK since 1934. A family run business, they’re a great source for freshly baked bread, cheese, wine and much more. There’s even a book store that becomes a theatre during the Fringe Festival. We had the chance to sample their delicious produce, thanks to an innovative agreement with The Old Town Chambers. Our home from home in Edinburgh was a great base from which to explore the city and we’ll be writing about it in detail soon. Take a tour of the apartments as well as many attractions in Edinburgh like the Castle, Arthur’s Seat and Calton Hill.

Guests staying at these luxury serviced apartments can choose to receive a fantastic breakfast box with a lovely selection of food. The gold box decorated with green ribbon is a work of art in itself.

Valvona and Crolla deliInside you’ll find an array of cold meats, specialty cheeses, fresh fruit, bread, pastries and organic fruit juice. A great way to start your day in style!

Valvona and Crolla, Edinburgh, Scotland
Foraged food at Forage and Chatter

Forage & Chatter is a dining experience like no other, tucked away in Edinburgh’s West End. They focus on locally sourced Scottish cuisine, with much of the menu having been sourced by an expert licensed forager. Owner and manager Cameron McNeil called on his family to assist with the restaurant, and his mother has overseen the interior design. There are cosy booths decorated with Balmoral tweed and an airy conservatory to the rear with tables designed by Cameron’s brother, Nicholas.

Forage and Chatter, EdinburghThey’re currently ranked number 2 on TripAdvisor, and aiming to be number 1. We can certainly see why they’re so popular – this is the first time that we’ve been asked if the temperature suited us in a restaurant, and that’s just one example of their attentiveness. As for the food, it comes from within a 25 mile radius with some ingredients having been foraged, such as the mushrooms in this mouthwatering carpaccio of goats cheese and herbs.

Forage and Chatter foraged mushrooms
A starter of BBQ pork shoulder with crispy squid, radish and cauliflower was equally good, as was a main course of West Coast hake with onion, dill, courgettes and wild leeks. We enjoyed it with a tasty side of garlic and ginger broccoli. The wine list is made up of interesting wines that tell a story. They’re great value, like the set lunches at 2 courses for £14.95 and 3 courses for £17.95. For dessert, we recommend the Vahlrona Chocolate with malt and peanuts or the local Scottish cheese platter.

Forage and Chatter menuItalian small plates at Contini

You can’t help but be impressed by the beautiful exterior of Contini George Street. Formerly a bank, it’s now a cool restaurant that successfully combines Italian flare with the very best Scottish ingredients. Victor and Carina Contini run several popular eateries, including Cannonball near Edinburgh Castle and The Scottish Café and Restaurant within The Scottish National Gallery.

Contini Edinburgh
The interior is equally impressive, with an elegant bar where you can enjoy an aperitivo. They have a an excellent aperitivo menu with any 3 dishes of your choice served with a glass of Prosecco for £15 from Monday to Friday between 3 and 7 pm.

Contini Edinburgh, located in a former bank
We were here though to sample the a la carte menu, with a lovely selection of dishes. Highlights included crispy risotto balls with mozzarella di bufala, stracchino cow’s milk cheese and wild garlic pesto, as well as the raw fennel salad with Tarocco orange, green olives and acacia honey. The pasta here is cooked al dente to retain flavour and our dish of fresh recchiette with Italian piccante sausage, cremini and dried porcini mushrooms with rocket, fresh cream and Parmigiano Reggiano was a real treat.

Contini Edinburgh - love the small Italian platesQuirky cafe at Roseleaf

Roseleaf Café is located in Leith near the port and Royal Yacht Britannia, so handy if you’re planning a visit there. Established in 2007, they’re family run and a cross between a gastro pub, cafe and bistro. Decorated with vintage furniture, hats from around the world and other quirky finds, they’re open from 10 am to 10 pm every day. Everything is cooked from scratch, using the best sustainable and seasonal produce.

Roseleaf restaurant, Edinburgh
Try a burger with Scottish mature cheddar and tomato relish, served in a homemade toasted sesame seed bun. The hand cut double dipped chips are pretty tasty too! Wash it down with a real ale or a Pot-Tail aka a cocktail in a teapot!

Roseleaf Cafe in Edinburgh, ScotlandFor dessert, the triple chocolate cake with Scottish raspberries and ice cream is a good pick, and their cakes are available to take home too. By the way, if you happen to be visiting Royal Yacht Britannia, make sure to try some of their delicious fudge which is made onboard.

Roseleaf Cafe dessertSecret bar at Panda and Sons

Hidden in plain sight on Queen Street, you’ll find Panda & Sons speakeasy.

Panda and Sons, a speakeasy in EdinburghIt’s disguised as a barber shop, but if you head down the stairs you’ll find a bookcase that’s a secret entrance to the bar behind. There are many eccentric touches inside, like hairdressing chairs, a vintage phone booth and cocktails served up in unusual containers. They also do a good line in craft beers and wine too.

Panda and Sons, a speakeasy in EdinburghTea and chocolate tasting at Eteaket

Eteaket is making a name for itself as one of Scotland’s most successful food producers. Their high quality teas are in demand with restaurants and hotels worldwide. Members of the public can sample them in their Tea Room on Frederick Street and Concept Store on Rose Street. In the award winning Tea Room you’ll find a charming cafe open seven days a week as well as a range of eteaket teas to take away. Depending on the time of day, you might prefer a lunch dish like this succulent burger served on vintage crockery, or their renowned afternoon tea. The friendly staff bring you a timer with your cuppa, so that your tea is infused for just the right duration. If you fancy something different, there are tea cocktails, iced teas and tea lattes.

Over on Rose Street, eteaket’s Concept Store has a fantastic array of tea ware and gifts. We recommend the Tea Flight, a pairing of 5 different teas and tea-infused chocolate – it’s a real eye opener. Founder Erica Moore or one of her friendly colleagues will take you on a journey through the world of tea, starting with the tea plant itself. They adapt the tea tasting to your preferences and there are some interesting creations to try such as their Isle of Harris Gin Tea. Rest assured that it’s non-alcoholic and caffeine free!

Watch as the tea is brewed before your eyes in a Syphon machine and enjoy the innovative flavours of eteaket’s loose leaf teas and chocolate.

Other Places to Eat in Edinburgh

We didn’t get time to visit these culinary hotspots also recommended to us:

• The Kitchin – Tom Kitchin’s canalside restaurant in Leith

• Le Roi Fou – Jerome Henry’s French restaurant on Forth Street

• Martin Wishart – Michelin starred dining in Leith

• The Wee Restaurant – Scottish cuisine on Frederick Street

• Timberyard – locally sourced food in a warehouse space

However, we’d love to hear your recommendations of where to eat in Edinburgh, as we’ll definitely be back!

Edinburgh Foodie's Guide - Where to Eat & Drink

  • Lucy

    Scotland is so beautiful. I didn’t realise that there was a Dishoom in Scotland it is one of my favourite Indian restaurants. The carpaccio of goats cheese looks yummy, I have only every had beef. I’ve added Panda and Sons for my next visit Lucy x (FoodieForce)

    • Suze

      You’ll love both Dishoom and Panda & Sons, Lucy! The mushroom and goat’s cheese carpaccio at Forage & Chatter was amazing

  • The food really looks amazing! I especially love the look of the food and the name of Forage and Chatter. I really need to revisit Edinburgh at some point.

    • Suze

      If I lived anywhere in the UK outside of London I’ve always said it would be Edinburgh, the restaurants are fantastic! Hope you get to visit soon

  • This just made me so hungry. Eating and traveling go hand in hand and now I want to go here just to relive everything you ate! From the indian food to the meats and cheeses, I wouldn’t be able to control myself!

    • Suze

      I have to say that we did eat very well! It’s an integral part of travelling for us too and Scotland has some fantastic restaurants

  • Veronica P.

    This is my type of a restaurant! Love all the details and especially how food became art.
    Aesthetics in food is very important to me. Saved it, thank you1

    • Suze

      That’s such a good point, Veronica – the better food looks, the better it generally tastes

  • Sandy & Vyjay

    All of the places listed look really great and seem to serve some spectacular food. But permit me for being biased, I would love to visit Dishoom for its Indian and vegetarian food. The other one I would love to visit is Baba Budan for its delectable doughnuts and coffee.

    • Suze

      You wouldn’t be disappointed with either! Dishoom is in a really beautiful building and Baba Budan is a photographer and doughnut lover’s dream!

  • Julie

    I was in Edinburgh for two days and I have never visited any of these restaurants, and the food there looks so delicious. I am a sucker for wine and the cheese, and the Valvona and Crolla is a perfect place for me. I love how they deliver the food to the guests that live in the service apartment and put them in the artistic green ribbon box. It would be a nice gift for family and friends during the holidays.

    • Suze

      You’re right, the Valvona & Crolla box would make a perfect gift. There were lots of goodies inside so we were even able to bring some back home. There are lots of lovely restaurants in Edinburgh

      • Julie

        The box looks very exquisite. I have saved this list and make sure I will check out them during my return visit to Edinburgh. It has really lovely restaurants.

  • What a fabulous Edinburgh foodie guide! I spent quite a bit of time here several years ago for work – the restaurant scene has evolved a lot in that time and the restaurants look wonderful. I think Baba Budan would be a regular if I lived in the area so it’s probably a good thing for my waste line that I don’t 🙂

    • Suze

      Yes I visited quite a few years ago and the restaurants were fantastic then. Baba Budan is a real guilty pleasure!

  • MelBTravel

    Oh my that made my mouth water when I was reading it. There is so much nice places on here, wished I had visited some when I was there recently. Valvona & Crolla deli is definitely my favorite, I just love how they wrap the cheeses and the ham up in that box.

    • Suze

      The gold box from Valvona & Crolla was such a great idea, and lots of lovely treats inside!

  • Great list Suze! I love Panda and sons, and Martin Wishart was amazing when I went.

    • Suze

      I’ll have to try Martin Wishart next time, it did look very swish!

  • so much amazing food!

    • Suze

      There certainly was!

  • Loved each one of them. I have just had my dinner but looking at these pics, I feel hungry again! ha ha loved some of the shops and their concepts… 🙂
    Bookmarking it.

    • Suze

      Glad you enjoyed reading it, Nisha!

  • This is such a great food guide! I really enjoyed all the amazing photos…I would love to try those doughnuts! 🙂


    • Suze

      I’m less of a doughnut fan than my husband but even I quite enjoyed these 😉

  • Edinburgh is such a foodies dream! My brother studied at university there so I was lucky enough to visit him and get shown where to eat like a local. I have good memories of all the great food we bought from Valvona & Crolla!

    • Suze

      I bet you went to some wonderful places, and I agree that Valvona & Crolla is a foodie paradise!

  • This is my kind of city guide 🙂 Want to visit Edinburgh even more now and try all these fantastic food places!

    Miriam xx

    • Susan Renner-Eggleston

      Food is one of the most important elements of t

    • Suze

      Food is such an integral part of travelling and you won’t be disappointed in Edinburgh

  • Coco Cami

    Amazing city guide, thanks for sharing! I love Edinburgh and this guide has made me keen to go there soon for delicious food 🙂

    Camille xo


    • Suze

      The food is fantastic, a really great part of any stay there!

  • Ellie Adams

    Ahh I loved Edinburgh so much when I went a couple of years back, my favourite place to eat was definitely The Witchery, such a magical place. Dishoom is gorgeous though, totally agree with you there!


    • Suze

      I used to book people into the Witchery quite a bit and I’ve never been so I’m keen to visit it when we return

  • Oh wow these are great suggestions! I’m going to Edinburgh soon so will be trying some of these out!