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New foodie openings in Edinburgh for Summer 2016

28 June 2016

Summer is finally here and there is lots to sink your teeth into in Edinburgh. From sunsoaked gin terraces to mouthwatering French cuisine and juicy burgers, there's something to suit every palate in this set of fresh arrivals to the city's foodie scene. Read on to discover some of the hottest openings in Edinburgh that are set to be the next big thing over the coming months... 

One Square Pickering’s Gin Terrace

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You can't walk past the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa on Lothian Road this summer without venturing into their new gin terrace. One Square is continuing its partnership with Pickering's Gin by offering a new terrace of juniper-based dreams, right in the heart of the city.  Be sure to try the inventive Marvellously Mixed Musical Martini Maker, as created by the team at Pickering's Gin, used to produce perfectly stir mixed drinks to the rhythm of 78rpm.

If that's music to your ears, then make sure to head along to the One Square Pickering's Gin Terrace which is now open until the end of September.

1 Festival Square, EH3 9SR, 0131 221 6422 (website)

Côte Brasserie

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Edinburgh's newest French restaurant has opened up in New Town, providing residents with scrumptious French cuisine in stylish surroundings. The restaurant offers up freshly cooked dishes to order, serving breakfasts such as french toast and dinner and lunch options including classics such as french onion soup and Breton fish stew. So if you fancy a true taste of France in the heart of the city this summer, head along to their brand new restaurant on Frederick Street. 

51 Frederick St, EH2 1LH, 0131 202 6256 (website

Rollo Broughton Street

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Stockbridge's famous Wine Bar and Restaurant Rollo has now opened its latest venture on Broughton Street. Expect to find a variety of dishes to be enjoyed singularly with a glass of wine or combined to create something more substantial with a group. Call it tapas, call it bar snacks, call it dinner – there's certainly no hard and fast rules here, just tasty food to accompany good wine and conversation. 

14 Broughton St, EH1 3RH, 0131 5565 333 (website)

Pumpkin Brown

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Enjoying healthy eating while dining out doesn't have to be hard work, especially with the help of Pumpkin Brown. This new café offers gluten and dairy free options to enjoy, including their breakfast coconut chia pot and hot dishes like the barbeque bean stew. And just so you know - if the sun's out, they'll be open later. The perfect place to enjoy those long balmy summer evenings. 

16 Grassmarket, EH12HY (website)

Byron Burger Lothian Road

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After opening its first Edinburgh premises on North Bridge, the popularity of Byron Burger is fast spreading and so they have set up a second restaurant on Lothian Road. Byron Burger's guiding ethos has always been to serve simple, delicious and juicy burgers washed down with either refreshing craft beers or yummy milkshakes. This certainly isn't a place for calorie counting, but they'll leave you feeling well looked after and properly fed. Top tip - make sure you leave room for a side of their delicious macaroni cheese! 

113 Lothian Rd, EH3 9AN, 0131 229 0444, (website)

Juice Warrior

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There's a real buzz going on down by the back of Waverley Station, the home of the new Arches development. One of the newest arrivals to the New Waverley Arches shopping street is the Juice Warrior. Whether you’re just dropping in for a quick smoothie or committed to a week-long juice cleanse, we promise they won’t disappoint. Options here include raw cold-pressed juices, smoothies, wellness shots and matcha lattes. You can also order juice through their website and have it delivered to your home or workplace, making it easier for when you have those juice cravings! 

15 E Market St, EH8 8FS, (website)

Grams

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Looking for tasty treats that are gluten, sugar and dairy free in Haymarket? Then make sure you head down to Grams cafe. You may already be familiar with their cakes, many of which are sold at well trodden haunts including Cairngorm Coffee and Hula Juice Bar. With an array of some of the best coffee and finest teas around, Grams will have you coming back for more. So if you need to kill an hour with a magazine waiting on a train, or just fancy catching up with an old friend, why not meet out West, and take in the full Grams experience.

16 Haymarket Terrace, EH12 5JZ, 0131 337 3599 (website)

Gannet & Guga

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Another recent addition to the trailblazing retail street the New Waverley Arches, Gannet & Guga offers up healthy, tasty and ethical food and produce. Combining delicate Vietnamese flavours with hearty pulled meats and sandwiches, its sandwich offerings truly throws a spanner in the works of the traditional lunch. So if you're craving a banh mi (that's a vietnamese baguette by the way), head down to this bird-themed sandwich bar for a bite to eat and check out the other seasonal produce on sale while you're there.

Unit 2, East Arches, 3 Market St, EH88FS (facebook)

Salt Horse

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If good beer and great food is your thing, then you are in for a treat. With an extensive drinks menu offering up some of the best craft beers and spirits around, Salt Horse has also gone the extra mile to make sure you can enjoy a bite to eat with your favourite tipple. With a menu fit for sharing or hogging all to yourself, the selection of charcuterie, breads and cheeses might just be the excuse you need for another drink. A humble menu which packs a punch, Salt Horse delivers exactly the sort of scran that will work with what you're drinking.

57-61 Blackfriars St, EH1 1NB, 0131 558 8304 (website)

Baba Budan

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We all know that coffee and donuts go hand in hand, so the lovely people at Baba Budan decided to dedicate their cafe almost entirely to this delicious duo, along with yummy lunch items fresh from Union of Genius and sensational coffee from Ozone Coffee Roasters. Look forward to donuts made fresh - with each step from the dough making, frying, dipping and sprinkling taken care of by the lovely team in house at Baba Budan. With so many varieties to choose, you're bound to come out with a bag full of goodies. And don't worry, we won't judge you if you keep it all to yourself!

1 Cranston St, EH8 8BE (website

Educated Flea Restaurant

This new venture is brought to you by the team behind Edinburgh favourites The Apiary and Three Birds. Continuing with their already well received nature themes, Educated Flea will offer Edinburgh residents informal dining with dishes around the globe such as spicy tempura brisket and sticky soy & star anise beef. For a true gastronomical experience, head down to get educated.

32b Broughton St, EH1 3SB, 0131 556 8092 (website)

Coming Soon:

Bourbon

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Looking for the perfect triple threat venue that can offer cocktails, street food and dancing? Then keep your eyes peeled for one of Frederick Street's latest ventures - Bourbon - set to open its doors in July. Make sure you keep checking back on their website for further updates.

24A Frederick Street, EH2 2JR (website)

The Chop House at The Arches

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Already a fans favourite in Leith, The Chop House is now opening its second restaurant at the New Waverley Arches, offering up residents in town the best steakhouse with dry-aged Scottish beef and on the bone ribs.

East Market Street, EH8 8FS (website)

Soderberg Broughton Street

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Fans of Swedish cafe culture and food will be excited to hear that Soderberg's newest bakery is opening on Broughton Street this summer. For classics like cardamon buns, mudcake and Swedish sour dough pizzas, don't miss this relaxing Scandinavian bakery once it opens its doors. 

45 Broughton Street, EH1 3JU (website)

Topolabamba

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Already established in Glasgow, this Mexican hangout is set to open on Lothian Road this summer. Offering up authentic street food including classics like fish tacos and burritos, you can even sample cactus if you're feeling really Mexican. If the sun does come out this summer, Topolabamba is the perfect place to cool down with a margarita or two.

93 Lothian Road, EH3 9AW (website)

Dram & Smoke Edinburgh Festival 

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Edinburgh lads Paul Ross and Nick Fulton are bringing their popular pop-up restaurant home for this year's Edinburgh Festival season. Following several sold-out stints around London and in unusual locations like a steelyard, sofa factory, leather tannery and whisky distillery, the pop-up will be taking over Leith's creative hub The Biscuit Factory. Guests will be led to the top floor of the former biscuit factory to be met with candlelight, exposed brick, ironwork, glass cupolas and pallet gardens. The boys will be serving a four course tasting menu showcasing best of Scottish produce, from the pearl barley risotto with razor clams to the carve-at-the-table Braised Beef Brisket - a special alternative veggie menu will also be available. All of this with the added drama of being served in front of open kitchen. 

This special dining experience is ticketed at £40 per person, including a whisky cocktail from The Naked Grouse on arrival. To see the full menu and to book your ticket visit the Dram & Smoke website

The Biscuit Factory, 4-6 Anderson Place, Edinburgh, EH6 5NP 

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