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New Openings in Edinburgh for Autumn 2016

16 September 2016

There’s always new restaurants and bars opening throughout the year in Edinburgh, and this autumn there is a huge range of fresh choices adding a buzz and excitement to the city. We’ve rounded up some of this season’s highlights, from whisky bars to burrito stops and everything in between.

The Chop House - Market Street

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Edinburgh’s second Chop House bar and butchery has now opened in the vibrant new development, The Arches. Diners can expect to enjoy the ‘Best of British’ steak and innovative cocktails. Their ethos is all about sharing for the whole table, by serving large cuts of beef, group starters and side dishes. Tuck into healthy portions of classic meat dishes such as chateaubriand, bone-in rib and porterhouse and if you've got room left over then make sure you take a glance at their indulgent desserts.

Arch 15, East Market Street, EH8 8FS (website

Foundry 39

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The West End’s Queensferry Street recently welcomed its newest resident, a new urban bar with a distinctly industrial twist. Their breakfast is not to be missed, with options including stacks upon stacks of pancakes or trendy sliced avocado and poached eggs on toasted sourdough. For lunch and dinner Foundry 39 serves up a great selection of juicy beef burgers and handmade sourdough pizzas. All washed down with their range of craft beers including Innis & Gunn, Camden Brewery and Beavertown or something exciting from their cocktail menu. We like the sound of the smoked rhubarb & rosemary daiquiri!

39A Queensferry Street, EH2 4RA (website)  

Red Box Coffee

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if you've got time to spare before your train at Haymarket Station make sure you stop by Red Box Coffee. Not your average train station coffee shop, Red Box serves it's own specially selected fair-trade coffee which is roasted in Edinburgh for maximum freshness. They also produce their own variety of tea, hand-blended in owner Daniel's own home! Look out for their innovative tea flavours, including leaf flavours like heather and vanilla, cranachan and lavender, and whisky and cocoa nibs. If you're peckish then you'll find tasty Margiotta salads and sandwhiches plus fresh pastries and Cobb's cakes in a variety of gluten free and vegan options. 

Haymarket Train Station, Edinburgh, EH9 1BQ, (website

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar

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The doors of Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill have officially opened to coincide with the re-launch of the Hilton Edinburgh Carlton under the Hilton brand. Diners can expect a traditional Steakhouse menu which also features some of Marco’s favourite classics such as seared yellowfin tuna steak with panzanella salad and Wheeler’s fish curry with mango.

19 North Bridge, EH1 1SD (website

Kaleidoscope Bar

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The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s (SMWS) 28 Queen Street venue reopened in August following a renovation project which has now introduced the new ground-floor Kaleidoscope Whisky Bar. Whisky connoisseurs will be able to sample SMWS’ single cask single malt whisky which will change on the menu each month. A limited selection of particularly rare branded whiskies chosen for the SMWS by a guest curator will also be available at the new Kaleidoscope Bar.

28 Queen Street, EH2 1JX (website

My Front Room Coffee House

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This charming little coffee shop might not boast much in the way of space, but what it lacks in roominess it far makes up for in friendliness, producing delicious cups of high quality South American coffees. Pair your cup with a delicious cake of your choice and settle in.

5 Salisbury Place, EH9 1SL (website)

The Pakora Bar

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A small, quirky Indian street food bar serving healthy, gluten free, homemade pakoras. You can try classic flavours with an unexpectedly Scottish twist including the Haggis Pakora, perhaps best eaten with a cooling Mango lassi to keep you refreshed. The Pakora Bar also serves gluten free and veggie pakora, which is 100% vegan friendly.

96 Hanover Street, EH2 1DR (Facebook)

Gin71

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The next time you’re heading out for a gin and tonic why not check out Edinburgh’s newest gin bar, Gin 71. With an impressive 71 different gins on offer, there’s bound to be an option for every taste bud. Staff here are so passionate about gin that they also share their knowledge at the bar's regular Gin tasting events for which you can book a place through their website.

9 South Charlotte Street, EH2 4AS (website)

Coro The Chocolate Café

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On a chilly autumn day in Edinburgh we can’t think of anything better than a delicious chocolate treat. Already established on 5 Howard Street, Coro The Chocolate Café has now opened up on Frederick Street, which will also be serving some of the highest-end chocolate options from their very rich European hot chocolate to their mouth-watering fondues which are perfect for sharing.

13 Frederick Street, EH2 2EY (website)

Taco Mazama

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Looking for a quick bite while shopping around on Princes Street? Taco Mazama has heard your call and opened up their new burrito bar right on the capital’s high street. There’s plenty of vegan and gluten free options to suit all dietary requirements.

95 Princes Street, EH2 2ER (website

Six Degrees North

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Stonehaven Brewery dubbed the Belgian brewers of Scotland has opened up a new bar in Edinburgh’s New Town. Six Degrees North’s Edinburgh offering boasts 40 different beer taps and has an enviable selection of top class spirits, showcased on the bar’s impressive gantry. Add to that a selection of classic cocktails prepared by the bar’s resident experts and you’re set for a good night. Make sure to get a taste of their delicious Hop Classic, which is guaranteed to quench any thirst.

24 Howe Street, EH3 6TG (website)  

Wahaca

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Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers is soon to bring her Mexican chain restaurant, Wahaca to Edinburgh on the 10th of October. Diners will be able to get a real taste of Mexican street food with their many vibrant food options with signature dishes such as Pork pibil tacos and Devon crab and MSC shrimp taquitos. For cocktail options why not give the Passion fruit or Tamarind Margarita a try for a taste of these much-loved Mexican flavours.

16 South Andrew Street, EH2 2AU (website)

il Calice

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Come along and relax in this new wine bar located in a beautiful Georgian townhouse on Picardy Place. Expect to find a selection of wines, sourced by wine-importer owners father and son Ronnie and Kyle Reid, il Calice is a stylish addition to the capital’s wine scene. However if you're looking for cocktail options, il Calice also offers a wide selection of cocktail list of modern classics, such as Mint Julep and whisky sours.

4 Picardy Place, EH1 3JT (facebook) 

Five Degrees Café

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This new dog friendly café has opened its doors in Edinburgh’s Bruntsfield area, offering up delicious Swiss Bircher muesli breakfasts, fluffy croissants, healthy lunch options, bubble teas and much more. If that doesn’t grab your attention, why not pop in just to see resident French bulldog, Jenson!

39 Barclay Pl, EH10 (website

Good Brothers Wine Bar

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Local Edinburgh brothers Rory and Graeme Sutherland are showcasing their passion for wine with a new bar in Stockbridge. This stylish new bar offers a vast selection of more than 100 wines from around the world, including over 50 organic, natural and biodynamic wines, plus an accomplished, seasonal menu. They believe locally sourced produce which is organic and without additives. We like the sound of being able to enjoy our wine in a nature friendly environment! Look out for their upcoming tastings and pairings with a great line-up of wine producers.

4-6 Dean Street, EH4 1LW (website

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