As you can imagine there are plenty of things to do in Edinburgh. It would be impossible to cover all of them here. Therefore, today’s focus is on Edinburgh’s culinary delights.
Where do you eat in Edinburgh, when you’ve been out pounding the streets catching up on all there is to do and love in this amazing city? Your tastes may simply extend to something relatively simple to satiate your hunger, or your palate may be after something more sophisticated.
Here are 10 of our favourite of destinations, a place where you can rest your weary feet and have something simple and delicious, or maybe something more sophisticated:-
Hard Rock Cafe – Rock n roll environment and good family food
This famous café is the home of simple food and a good family atmosphere, which should be a perfect anecdote to a day’s walking and talking through Edinburgh’s famous streets.
The Hard Rock Café is situated in Stockbridge and it’s not that far from Edinburgh’s famous castle. It’s also surrounded by other famous landmarks such as the National Museum of Scotland and the Palace of Holyrood House.
Cafe Portrait – Art lovers Can grab a bite to eat in impressive surroundings
This is café offers a simple yet impressive way of dining. This café forms part of the Scottish Portrait Gallery on Queen Street. Its contemporary and tasteful settings creates the perfect ambience for diners with a high ceiling and gothic windows.
Food is homemade and consists of soups, sandwiches and home baked cakes. It has great homemade salads that has won the café a great reputation and a special place in List magazine 2014.
Contini: The Scottish Cafe – Stunning setting, views over Princes Street Gardens
You’ll find the Contini in the Scottish National Galleries at The Mound in Edinburgh, and if you like sustainable food, delicious home grown ingredients and fine dining and affordable menus then this should be the place to head for you and your family/friends.
Nobles Bar – Quirky and unique style
A gorgeous bar with a relaxing and stylish Victorian features, complete with stained glass windows for your interiors. The food is home grown and beautifully prepared with delicious choices for both meat eaters and vegetarians. Here, you can relax, unwind and enjoy the versatile menu in beautiful surroundings. The Nobles Bar is in Leith on Constitution Street.
Chaophrya – Rooftop views, stylish interior, authentic Thai dishes
Founded in 2004 this Thai restaurant is everything you’d want a restaurant severing authentic Thai food to be. The Chaophrya, named after the main waterways of Thailand is a cornucopia of delights in the heart of Edinburgh. Eastern food is served along with a versatile selection of Thai cocktails, so you can really indulge your taste buds in some traditional Thai cuisine.
La Rusticana - Authentic & family run
La Rusticana is the place to go for some authentic Italian food that’s smack bang in the middle of this bustling city. Having been around for more than 25 years – it knows how to produce good meals using fresh produce. This is a family run restaurant that’s brimming with life.
C-Shack – Seafood straight from the port to your plate
Fresh seafood, sourced locally with international beers this restaurant is near Newhaven harbour on 3 Pier Place, this is the perfect restaurant with the perfect ambience.
B’est - French/Scots fusion
A French bistro serving first class French/Scots food. Situated on Drummond Street it serves fantastic cuisine made from the freshest of locally sourced ingredients. You are reminded of France everywhere you look with paintings, wall hangings and the rest of the interiors reflecting a heavy French influence.
The Basement - A taste of Mexico
An underground Mexican bar on Broughton Street, with excellent imaginatively produced Mexican cuisine that will have you wanting to come back for more. There’s some great cocktails to go with the food and the staff are friendly and helpful.
Colonnades – Afternoon tea
A restaurant in a library, the Signet Library no less, it was once known as the Lower Library exclusively for the writers to the Signet, it’s now the place to go and relax with a pot of tea or coffee. They serve the best sandwiches and cakes and is matched only by the impeccable service. You’ll find it on Parliament Square.
Edinburgh Larder Bistro – Locally sourced excellence
You’ll find the Larder Bistro on Alva Street, it’s the best sourced food from the Scottish countryside served up to customers in the city. Menus come from in season produce to serve appreciate customers with an appetite for well cooked, well prepared food. You’ll find an impressive vegetarian menu for those who prefer not to indulge in the Bistro’s selection of meats.