5 Places to Eat in Edinburgh

In July, I visited Edinburgh for the second time… and fell in love with it all over again. If I could move my job to Scotland, I wouldn’t hesitate to rent a (much-cheaper-than-I-currently-pay) flat in one of Edinburgh’s beautiful buildings. It felt like a little piece of east and north London, but with much fewer people. To me, holidays mean food + friends. Lots and lots of food, so here’s five particularly yummy places I went to in this stunning literary city.

Ice Cream at… Mary’s Milk Bar

I love ice cream. I normally opt for Italian gelato, but Mary’s Milk Bar serves some of the best ice cream I’ve ever tasted. I had a tricky time picking flavours (as always) because they all sounded amazing. I chose dark chocolate & cinnamon and raspberry ripple, and Cathy had dark chocolate & orange and poppy seed. It was so delicious. We promised to come back… but didn’t get time! Cathy and I are planning a wintry Edinburgh trip, so we’ll be heading to Mary’s for more ice cream and hot chocolate.

Brunch and Lunch at… Loudons

I also really, really love brunch. If it were up to me, I’d happily eat breakfast all day, every day. For our first day in the city, we went to Loudons. I had a yummy bowl of rice, poached egg, avocado and chorizo. We shared haggis bonbons – haggis balls rolled in breadcrumbs – and they were surprisingly delicious. I’d always thought that eating haggis would be a strange experience, but it tastes like herby sausages. I am a fan.

Brunch at… Spoon

Spoon was recommended to us on our Harry Potter walking tour – it was technically the place where J.K. Rowling wrote chunks of the series, but back then it was known as Nicolson’s Cafe. You may have heard of The Elephant Cafe (the ‘birthplace’ of Harry Potter), but I’d personally pick Spoon, which has much fewer tourists. We had the mixed grill: bacon, sausage, black pudding, haggis (again!), beans, and a fried egg. Yum!

Meze at… Meze Meze

Meze Meze was one of the first places I came across whilst holiday planning. We got there at 8pm, but as we hadn’t reserved, we had to wait another hour for a table (totally fine with us as we were still full from brunch!). Meze Meze does the most amazing Mediterranean food – we had the chef’s selection of 5 cold and 5 hot dishes served with warm pitta bread. We loved it.

Coffee at… Brew Lab

Edinburgh has so many pretty coffee shops, it’s quite unfair. We were never surrounded by Prets (we counted three, which is quite impressive since I’m within a few minutes’ walk from five) and from what we could see, indies far outnumbered Starbucks, Costa and Caffe Nero. Brew Lab serves strong coffee, although my Aussie travel buddy would disagree, and was perfectly cosy. I could see myself blogging here every weekend.

And don’t forget to try Scotland’s tap water!

Which foodie places should I add to my list for next time?

31 thoughts on “5 Places to Eat in Edinburgh

  1. Wow those look like great meals! I love brunch, too!

  2. Meze Meze sounds amazing. Will definitely pay it a visit on my next trip to Edinburgh! Have you been to LoveCrumbs at all? Delicious cake selection!

  3. We loved The Baked Potato Shop! Your picks sound great.

  4. Looks amazing! Want to go back to Edinburgh too. It’s been too long. Mary’s Milk Bar sounds and looks brilliant.

  5. The food looks great and I am so glad you loved your trip!

  6. cheers for the tap water comment – good punchline and so true.

  7. TheFormerAstronomer

    Mimi’s Bakehouse for cakes 🙂

  8. Mentioning Scotland’s tap water really threw me off! Haha is this some sort of touristy inside joke? Is it magical tap water?

    Brunch and ice cream are the best. Clearly I need to visit these places whenever I head to Scotland. Also, isn’t haggis weirdly delicious?! Yum.

    • Haha, not an inside joke at all. It’s genuinely nice tap water – really cold and fresh. In the south, we have hard water and I don’t like the taste and so have a filtered water jug. There’s no need in Scotland!

  9. For your next trip to Edinburgh I can recommend Foundry39 for Brunch and Juice Warrior for some delicious smoothies. We never manage to get a table in Lovecrumbs, you were so lucky. 😀 If you go in winter, they also have great mulled wine at the german booths on the christmas market. ^^

  10. I love Edinburgh. Been there twice and I already want to move there! Hoping to travel back soon for some exploring. Will definitely keep these places in mind! X

  11. Hi Stacey,

    Thanks for the list! I’ll remember this for my next visit to Edinburgh!
    I have had dinner in The Rose’s Brewery which is also a really good place! And nice local ale’s too! And Valvona & Crolla for a lunch or breakfast at the second floor in Jenners, with a lovely view!
    These are two I can recommend for Edinburgh!

    Greetings by Sophie

    • Thank you for sharing your recommendations! I visited the deli branch of Valvona & Crolla and loved it last time, but sadly didn’t get a chance to go back.

  12. I love Edinburgh!wrote a post about it just few days ago 🙂 moreplanesthantrains.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/exploring-gothic-edinburgh-in-24-hours/

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  14. Nice article and good pictures. I was in Edinburgh years ago for a short vacation and would love to visit the city again.

  15. These look so great 🙌

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