Edinburgh is blessed with many great places to eat and drink as well as delicious local Scottish produce. If you’re wondering where to eat in Edinburgh, here’s a selection of the best cafes, delicatessens, bars and food shops as well as restaurants.

Where to Eat in Edinburgh

Our Edinburgh food guide features foraged food, quirky cafes and some great Scottish fine dining restaurants. Here’s our pick of the best places to eat in Edinburgh.

1. Forage and Chatter

Forage & Chatter is without doubt one of the best restaurants in Edinburgh. It’s tucked away in the West End in the basement of a handsome Georgian townhouse. 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.

Review of Forage and Chatter Edinburgh
Review of Forage and Chatter, Edinburgh

They’re consistently one of the top ranked Edinburgh restaurants on TripAdvisor. 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.

Goats cheese and herb carpaccio
Goats cheese and herb carpaccio

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.

Valhrona chocolate dessert at Forage & Chatter
Valhrona chocolate dessert at Forage & Chatter

2. 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
Dinner at Dishoom, Edinburgh

Dishoom are known for 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
Delicious Indian food at Dishoom

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. It’s definitely one of the best Indian restaurants in Edinburgh.

Lassi yogurt drink at Dishoom Edinburgh
Lassi yogurt drink at Dishoom

3. 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 café on 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. 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 deli
Valvona & Crolla food delivery box

Inside 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
Edinburgh food delivery box

4. 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
Contini, George Street, 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
Contini is located inside a former bank

There’s a good 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 flavor. The fresh recchiette with Italian piccante sausage, cremini and dried porcini mushrooms with rocket, fresh cream and Parmigiano Reggiano is a real treat.

Food at Contini Edinburgh
Food at Contini Edinburgh

5. Roseleaf Cafe

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
The interior of Roseleaf Cafe in Leith

Try a burger with Scottish mature cheddar and tomato relish, served in a homemade toasted sesame seed bun. This could well be the best burger in Edinburgh.

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, Scotland
A tasty burger at Roseleaf Café

For 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 dessert
Triple chocolate cake at Roseleaf Cafe

6. Panda and Sons

For a taste of secret Edinburgh, head to Queen Street, where you’ll find Panda & Sons speakeasy. Many locals consider it to be one of the best cocktail bars in Edinburgh.

Panda and Sons, a speakeasy in Edinburgh
Panda and Sons speakeasy entrance

This Edinburgh speakeasy is 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.

Secret bookcase at Panda and Sons
Secret bookcase at Panda and Sons

7. 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.

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.

Etekeat tea, Edinburgh
Etekeat tea, Edinburgh

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!

Tea and chocolate tasting at Etekeat Edinburgh
Tea and chocolate tasting at Etekeat Edinburgh

Other Places to Eat in Edinburgh

These top Edinburgh restaurants are also highly recommended by locals:

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

We’d love to hear your recommendations of where to eat in Edinburgh, as the city has so many great places to dine.

If you have time for a day trip from Edinburgh, head to Fife and St. Andrew’s for more fantastic restaurants and to visit the gin distilleries there.

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30 thoughts on “Where to Eat in Edinburgh – 7 Best Edinburgh Foodie Hotspots”

  1. 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)

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

  2. Angie SilverSpoon

    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.

    1. 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

  3. 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!

    1. 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

  4. 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

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

  5. 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.

    1. 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!

  6. 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.

    1. 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

    2. 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.

  7. Planes & Champagne

    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 🙂

  8. 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.

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

  9. Liakada Travel

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

  10. 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.

  11. Vicky Dalton-Banks

    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!

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

  12. Miriam - londonkitchendiaries

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

    Miriam xx

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

  13. 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

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

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