A Guide to Edinburgh’s Neighbourhoods 2017
Tomorrow marks the start of August – Edinburgh’s Festival month.
Over the next few days we’ll offer up our 2017 neighbourhood and “stuff” guides, with a third post picking some “all-budgets” ways to see the city. Hopefully they will prove useful for tourists and locals alike. Here we go!
I don’t live in Haymarket anymore, but for old time’s sake let’s start there.
Nearest to my old house we have the excellent Grams. Their avocado toast is great and their coffee first class.
In Haymarket, you have outstandingly good Indian at Mumbai Mansion, the meaty delights of Turkish mangal place Rodi, the excellent Otro, Vietnam House for pho, sushi at Sushiya, the best bacon rolls in the city at Maialino, great haggis rolls at Zest & Co, the joyful Strumpets for delicious soup and coffee, and Noir for coffee greatness. Nanna Flo’s is sometimes very much required for late night baked goods.
Further West, the excellent Redwood Bistro, winner of the best dish of 2015, was great but is sadly now closed, but there’s a very good Indian called Spice Lounge Kitchen so that’s worth the journey. Nudoru is a curious little Chinese van that delights on South Gyle Crescent. The Sitooterie at Stenhouse Cross has a great name and The Kilted Pig does a fine breakfast.
Coming back towards town, Café Colpamia is a lovely little cafe in Roseburn, I really liked Cafe Presko when I visited, B&D’s Kitchen is very good for Chinese and Piatto Verde offers very good Italian food.
Heading up the road from Dalry, you soon hit Bruntsfield which is very well stocked with cafes and eateries, with the adjoining areas of Marchmont and Morningside offering some good options, too.
Three Birds is the pick of the restaurants here, so make sure to visit for their excellent platters. LeftField comes a close second and is a damn fine new addition to the neighbourhood. I really enjoyed The Apartment, too.
From Bruntsfield heading towards the city centre, we run in to Tollcross then Lothian Road. This provides rich culinary pickings.
Bread Meats Bread is the best burger diner in the city.
City Centre/New Town
The City Centre keeps the quality up and there’s plenty of good value on offer.
George Street can be pish and pricey, but there are still good places to try nearby including Café St Honore, Chez Jules, Mark Greenaway, The Dogs, and the spectacular El Cartel. El Cartel’s big brother bar restaurant The Bon Vivant is excellent and has a bangin’ cocktail list to boot.
Henderson’s Vegan is really good and not just for vegans; the same can be said for Holy Cow. The Pakora Bar is a pretty solid choice for a quick bite on the go. And Shrimpwreck at Bourbon is very good.
Gannet & Guga is impressively good for hot sandwiches, Time 4 Thai is one of the better Thai restaurants in the city, Social Bite is a good lunch spot, as is Rabbie’s, and Dough serves very fine pizza.
The Table is something quite special and requires significant booking ahead. It’s still the best place I’ve been in Edinburgh, so well worth the wait.
The legendary Bramble will sort you for cocktails, as will its little brother Lucky Liquor. Nightcap and Bryant & Mack are excellent cocktail options, too. For beerier tastes The Guildford Arms is very welcoming, as is Six Degrees North.
Stockbridge is packed with good places.
The Pantry is a really good breakfast, brunch and lunch place.
Broughton Street is a goldmine of great places. L’Escargot Bleu, Nom de Plume, The Ox, Rollo Broughton, Le Roi Fou, Artisan Roast, Pickles, Educated Flea, Soderberg, Broughton Deli, Seasons, Casa Angelina, and Life Story are just a few of them.
Leith has some great places.
Down around the Shore there’s Domenico’s, Ostara, Ribaye, King’s Wark, Nobles, the Michelin delights of Wishart, Ship on the Shore, Tapa, Alplings and Teuchters Landing. Quay Commons and Black Pig and Oyster are mighty fine, too, and Cafe Tartine is quite charming.
Portobello has a lovely feel to it, so make sure to visit for a walk along the promenade.
When there make sure to visit Breadshare and call in for a beer at the Forrester’s or the Skylark. There are very good burgers to be had at Man on Fire and there’s great coffee from the Little Green Van and Twelve Triangles.
The White House Kitchen, in Craigmillar, is a must-visit as you wend your way back into town.
The first place on the southside you’ll run into, if coming from Craigmillar, is the Edinburgh Food Studio, which is unmissably excellent and continues to go from strength to strength.
And finally, our grand tour of the city takes us to the Old Town, which is not so crammed with tourist-traps as people sometimes suggest.
Coming from the southside, Ting Thai Caravan, Tupiniquim, Checkpoint, Union of Genius, Olly Bongo’s, Beirut, Dovecot by Leo’s, Whistle Stop Barber Shop, Lucky Pig at Paradise Palms, and Brew Lab are all very good.
On or near the famous Royal Mile, Angels with Bagpipes, Canon’s Gait, Civerino’s, Edinburgh Larder, La Garrigue, Michael Neave, Ondine, Wedgwood, the Story Cafe, Lovage, Salt Horse and the Devil’s Advocate are worthy of your attention.
And that’s our whistle-stop tour of the neighbourhoods of Edinburgh. Tune in tomorrow for all the best “stuff”.