Edinburgh foodie guide
Scotland was not known to us as a country with very exciting food. But we were very pleasantly surprised by the food in Edinburgh and the rest of Scotland. Here is a foodie guide for your visit to Edinburgh.
The Edinburgh Larder
If you search for the best breakfast in Edinburgh, you’ll end up at the Edinburgh Larder. We were lucky because it was not far from our first hotel in Edinburgh. We decided to just go there without a reservation and had to wait about half an hour. So if you are in a hurry, I would definitely make a reservation online.
It is a very nicely decorated little restaurant with a limited menu. We took a full Scottish breakfast and the eggs benedict. And also a chai latte. The portions are not very large, but everything was very tasty. Definitely recommended!
You can also go there for lunch.
It is said that you will eat the best Scottish pies in Edinburgh at The Piemaker. And that’s really quite true. We first went for a chicken and mushroom pie and a traditional pie. But decided to also have a haggis pie and shortbread.
The pies are hot, so you can eat them right away or take them with you and eat them on a bench somewhere. Definitely, a must if you are in Edinburgh. Also very budget friendly
The Painted Roaster
We came across this little restaurant by chance on our way to Dean Village. There are a few tables in the basement where you can enjoy a nice breakfast or lunch. We opted for a bagel with avocado and Polish soup. Perfect lunch.
At Candy Bar, you have a nice selection of cocktails and lunch dishes. We ended up here by chance because we were just hungry. The chicken katsu burger and spiced falafel burger were definitely perfect as lunch dishes. The sharing dishes we saw passing by also looked tasty.
The cocktails are tasty but a bit on the pricey side for the amount you get.
High tea was a must for me during our visit to Edinburgh. After a bit of searching, I ended up at The Dome. The high tea itself is in a beautiful hall. You can choose between a regular high tea or a high tea with cava or champagne. And then there is also the choice between coffee and different teas. I think the portions were huge: especially the sandwiches were very rich. We tried our best but still had to ask for a box to take some pastries home with us. Definitely worth a try
On beautiful Victoria Street is Bertie’s fish and chips. We went there on a Saturday night and the two of us were still able to easily get a table. We took the battered haddock with another serving of mushy peas and beans.
Large portions of fish and French fries with fresh tartar sauce, that’s all it should be.
Arcade bar is the place to be for both haggis and whiskey. We were a little hesitant about haggis at first but it is really super tasty. It tastes like very well-seasoned minced meat. The haggis is served with turnips and mashed potatoes and optionally also a whisky sauce and bacon. I took the pork, stilton, and asparagus sausages. Ending our meal we did with a traditional Scottish dessert: Cranachan which consists of oatmeal, raspberry coulis, whipped cream, and whiskey. Arcade bar is also the ideal place to enjoy a nice whiskey.
Badger & co
At Badger en co there are mostly classic dishes on the menu. Moreover, on Sundays, you can also enjoy a Sunday roast there, which my friend did. I ended our stay in Edinburgh with chicken, chorizo, leek, and ham pie. Very hearty dishes but again delicious food.
This pub located on the high mile was the first we came across in search of a drink. We went there several times to enjoy a beer, gin tonic or cocktail. Small patio but also cozy inside.
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