Scotland’s native food has been all about solid, basic fare (often with a high fried content like deep-fried Mars bars) to keep you warm in winter – porridge, haggis, taties, neeps, and meat. But a new style Modern Scottish has merged which takes top-quality produce – fresh fish, Aberdeen Angus, root vegetables, raspberries and Ayrshire cheeses – and prepares them simply with a flourish of continental French or Italian. There are a number of Michelin Stars which perform this style to perfection – Number One at Balmoral Hotel, Castle Terrace, Kitchin and Martin Wishart both the latter in Leith.
For breakfast, try Valvona & Crolla Caffe Bar, Always Sunday, Blue Moon Café, Diner 7, Jasper’s.
Take afternoon tea at the Caledonian, the Balmoral, eteaket, or Friday to Sunday Anteaques, a traditional tea and antiques fusion.
Walk from the Royal Mile to the Grassmarket and Edinburgh’s Old Town and you’ll be spoilt for choice of lively pubs and bistros. Rose Street is another restaurant hotspot.
We have listings for the majority of Edinburgh restaurants in the restaurants section of our local guide. You can read and write reviews of local restaurants to share your opinions of local places.