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The Best Comfort Foods in Edinburgh

29 September 2015

The nights are drawing in, you’ve dug out your thermals, and are mentally preparing yourself to face months of the colder weather. While it’s tempting to fall into hibernation until spring rolls around again, the tastier option is to embrace the chill and treat yourself to some of Edinburgh best home comfort foods. Here are some delicious places that will turn your shivers into a shimmy.

Soup @ Union of Genius

Union Of Genius Interior

When you are craving a warm bowl of soup this is the place to go to! They have 5 varieties on the go every day along with a range of a breads to go with your soup. Top tip is to bring your Vegware packaging back for composting to earn some loyalty points. Union of Genius is located on Forest Road however if you are passing through George Square you may also catch their “Dumbo” soup van which will normally be crowded with hungry Edinburgh University students.

Union of Genius also makes sure that allergens are carefully identified, so there’s plenty for vegans and vegetarians to get excited about. Read more on other top places for vegans and vegetarians to eat >

Stop by Union of Genius (website) at 8 Forest Road, EH1 2QN

Sausage and Mash @ Mums 

Mums Sausages

After a long and cold and wintery day there’s nothing better than getting some grub at Mum’s. Ideally placed on Forest Road close to Edinburgh University, means that it is easily accessible for all the students on their breaks. If you like sausage and mash then you are in for a right treat! Mum’s serves 16 variants of mash, five selections of sausage (including the regularly changing specials) and three individual types of gravy. This means that you can get a different combo each time that you go! Make sure you look our for their warming pies and stew too. Take a look at some of our other hidden gems food and drinks>

You can find Mum’s (website) on 4A Forest Road, EH1 2QN


Cake @ Mimi’s Bakehouse

Mimis Oreo Cake Takeaway

Situated on the banks of Leith’s Shore, Mimi’s Bakehouse offers a fine pit stop whilst exploring the Water of Leith. It’s all about the selection of freshly baked cakes and fancies at Mimi’s Bakehouse. From the oreo chocolate traybake to the red velvet cake, you’ll be sure to go back for more! It’s one of our perfect places to spend a lazy afternoon drinking endless pots of tea. If you can’t make it down to Leith then don’t fret, as the family-run bakery also have a take-away shop on the Royal Mile. In the mood for more cakes? Head over to our blog on top 5 best cake shops in Edinburgh>

Mimi’s Bakehouse (website) can be found at 63 Shore, EH6 6RA

Cottage Pie @ The Dogs 

The Dogs

This casual no frills or fuss restaurant is original at its best. Don’t miss the scrumptious cottage pie with a serving of the red cabbage which will be sure leave a lasting endearing memory of the place for you. Value is at the heart of the menu and be sure to fill you right up until the next time you are craving a home grub! The upper floor locale allows a wonderful view of the Georgian grandeur of the New Town buildings, and that period feel is extended to the restaurant decor - you'd be forgiven for thinking you were dining in a Jane Austen novel, save for the Enormous Dog Portrait looming from behind the bar. A great low-key lunch or dinner spot! For suggestions on other restaurant head over to our Scottish Food and Drinks section>

The Dog’s (website) is located at 110 Hanover Street, EH2 1DR

Steak pie @ Sheep’s Heid

Sheeps Heid Interior

If you’re looking for a rustic traditional style pub then head over to the famous Sheep’s Heid Inn, Scotland’s oldest pub and a favourite for monarchs and poets too! Located literally round the back of Holyrood Park makes it a great stop for a well-earned pint and steak pie after climbing Arthurs Seat. If you have a bit of energy left, then why not gather some of your mates together for a game of skittles in their famous bowling alley? While you’re Holyrood Park area why not discover some other things to do in south-side>

You can find the Sheep’s Heid (website) at 43-45 The Causeway, EH15 3QA

Hot Chocolate @ The Chocolate Tree

Chocolate Tree

Nothing is more comforting than tucking in to a delicious cup of hot chocolate on a cold and dark day.  Head over to the Chocolate Tree for a selection of some of the best premium chocolates. This small cafe with lovely design and a magical ambiance will be sure to cater to all chocoholics! We highly recommend trying the churros with your hot chocolate for some extra sweet delight. If you fancy sitting in the café then we recommend you phone ahead for a table as tables do tend to get snatched up very quick, especially the lovely window seats. If you also fancy some tea then have a look at some of our ideas of places for Afternoon Teas> 

The Chocolate Tree (website) is at 123 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4EQ