The Edinburgh “Stuff” Guide

Following on from yesterday’s Guide to Edinburgh’s Neighbourhoods, here’s a little Guide to “stuff” based on the questions we’re most frequently asked. It’s deliberately fairly short and focusses on our favourites rather than seeking to be comprehensive.

Seafood pizza from Wildmanwood

Seafood pizza from Wildmanwood


Few topics in Edinburgh food and drink create more debate than burgers. Many people think we are over-saturated and they may very well have a case, but we’re certainly blessed with some good ones. Our favourite burger comes from BBL on the Pleasance, which is a fantastic little café making their own burgers on the premises. Feed, Jones & Son, and Belly Buster are damn fine, too. The best end-to-end burger dining experience is to be found at Bread Meats Bread. I really enjoyed the cauliflower-based veggie burger from the Whistle Stop Barber Shop recently.

Other burger suggestions are available here.


We are now blessed with a really good crop of differing pizza options. Origano is my favourite, but the likes of Wildmanwood, Dough, Civerino’s, and the Real Pizza Factory offer such a breadth of styles that pizza has become a real strength in the city.

Of the late night takeaway variety, Three Coins, Mania, and Moratti are the places to try.

This is a burger

This is a burger


The general standard of Indian food in Edinburgh is very good. There are a little grouping of cheap and cheerful curry places towards the southside of which Kebab Mahal is the most entertaining.

Tanjore is excellent for informal south Indian dining – think dosa and the like – so well worth a visit.

For smarter Indian options Mumbai Mansion and Spice Lounge Kitchen are very good indeed.

There’s a plethora of curry houses which are mainly to a very pleasing standard. The Gurkha Café and Vinyasa are probably the ones we rely upon for this style of thing.


Ondine is the premier seafood place in the city with an extremely high quality offering. The Ship on the Shore has lots of character, so we recommend it to people pretty frequently. Michael’s Steak and Seafood Bar is good, and C-Shack in Newhaven is definitely worth a visit.

Extreme ribeye close-up

Extreme ribeye close-up

And if by seafood you mean “chippy”, Giovanni’s and L’Alba D’Oro are the best ones.


We have a very good selection of Japanese and sushi places in the city. Kanpai is the best, while Harajuku Kitchen offers more hearty fare. Maki & Ramen is a good informal option, with very good value small ramen bowls. And Sushiya is a great little sushi bar.

Pub Grub

We have many pubs that do very good food (The Bon Vivant, Salt Horse etc), but we’re pretty light on places that do traditional pub grub such as good steak pies or sausage & mash. The Salisbury Arms is one to consider and The Ox is pretty good. The Bow Bar does a small selection of excellent pies at lunchtime, but they often disappear fast. The mug menu at Teuchters Landing is a good option. But, it’s definitely an aspect of Edinburgh’s dining scene that could use some improvement.


My taste in pubs and bars tends to split into two camps: beer and cocktails.

For beer, Salt Horse, Cloisters, the Bow Bar, Stockbridge Tap, Hanging Bat, Guildford Arms and Usher’s should do you.



For cocktails, Lucky Liquor, Bramble, Bon Vivant, Last Word Saloon, Hoot, and Devil’s Advocate are the pick of the bunch.


Blackwood’s at the Nira Caledonia is the best place in town for steak, but they’ve just changed their chef so we’ll need to see what impact that has. Field Grill House is excellent and has a very strong range of dishes beyond the grill selection. Twenty Princes Street has a strong menu and perennial favourite Chez Jules always hits the spot.


Again, I think Edinburgh is weak on good breakfast options. Tollcross has a couple of decent greasy spoons – Quick & Plenty and the Yellow Deli – for a restorative fry-up, but they’re hardly gourmet delights.

Porto & Fi is the cream of the crop, but is a little out of the way in Newhaven. Maialino does the best bacon rolls in the city. Coletti & Co, Rocket, Grams and Hula are good for healthy options, but there remains a gap for a really good breakfast place in the city.



Cake and Dessert

I’m not a sweet tooth, but I recognise that Lovecrumbs, Casa Angelina, Strumpets, Bon Papillon, Patisserie Madeleine, Tasty Buns and Mademoiselle Macaron are lovely cake places. Mary’s Milk Bar is highly pleasing for ice-cream. Our sister site Cakequest is the place for further sweet options.


Coffee is covered in detail here and here.

Street Food/Markets

Street food is covered in detail here.


Bring Your Own Bottle places can be very handy. The best of these is The Walnut, which has a very good Oddbins just over the road from it. Middle Eastern places tend to be good BYO options, with Beirut and Nawroz the pick of the bunch.

Grilled Cheese

Cairngorm and Mellis are the two best for melted cheese sandwiches.

Overall, there’s probably a stack more places and types of stuff to cover, but that should keep you busy for a wee while.

Written by BKR