Top healthy cafés in Edinburgh for your post-festival detox
26 August 2016
- food and drink
As the crowds start to dissipate and the pop-up bars and eateries are dismantled for another year, we are left with fond memories of yet another fun filled festival month in Edinburgh. With all the fantastic food and drink we've enjoyed over August our bodies may not be thanking us for our overindulgences, but thankfully there lots of brilliant spots in Edinburgh all year round which are ready to swoop to the rescue. We've asked Scott from Edinburgh blog Blu Blazer Guy to tell us about his favourite clean eating haunts...
Throughout the city a new wave of healthy eating is taking the city by storm. The words raw and organic are popping up on menus and showing us the way to a more nutritious and healthy way of eating. It’s all about going back to basics and giving the body what it needs without scrimping on taste, enjoyment, satisfaction - or cake!
Are you ready to clean up? Keep reading for my top five recommendations to start your post festival detox.
Located in the Haymarket area of Edinburgh, this striking little establishment grabs your attention and as soon as you walk in. The minimalist decor echoes the type of food that they sell: clean, simple, and fresh. With a varied selection of hot and cold food and delicious juices and smoothies you won’t be stuck for choice.
I recommend the chipotle salmon with peppers, broccoli, spinach, brown rice, fresh guacamole, sprouted seeds, healthy slaw and salad, which is full of colour and nutrition and the simple delicate combination of flavours are delicious. You can’t leave here without trying their renowned dairy free, raw cakes with no refined sugar. The caramel torte is my favourite, layers of sweet delicious goodness without the guilt, but their snickers bar is another absolute must have - filled with nutty goodness.
16 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5JZ (website)
Hula Juice Bar
Located on the bottom of the historic Victoria Street is the amazing Hula Juice Bar. Walking in you feel like you should be donning your shorts and t-shirt! This tropical style juice bar designed by Jaco & Co is echoed through their jungle wallpaper and wooden floors. The enticement starts straight away with a chalkboard full of their popular fresh juices and smoothies. Choose to sit inside to enjoy a friendly and speedy table service, sit outside to enjoy the views of the old town or take your smoothie to go and sit under the imposing Edinburgh Castle.
I recommend their delicious acai bowls, served in coconut shells these beautifully composed bowls of tasty ingredients are filled with nutritional delights that are sure to set you up for the day. Pair that with their Ginger Jack Juice with added energy shot, guaranteed to give you that extra morning zing.
103-105 West Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2JP (website)
Pumpkin Brown Café
Small but perfectly formed, Pumpkin Brown Café is situated just around the corner from Hula Juice Bar on the lovely bustling Grassmarket. This small plant based cafe is a great place to grab a healthy snack or drink on the go.
Try one of their famous chia pots that come in array of different flavours such as dragon fruit and chocolate, blueberry muffin and (my favourite) peanut butter and jelly. If you’re thirsty pick up one of their ready to blend natural juices, just pick your cup filled with fresh ingredients and take it to the counter to be blended. I recommend the hydrating and uplifting organic watermelon and basil which is perfect to inject a little summer into your day.
16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2JU (website)
Situated on Morningside Road, this café sells a delicious array of organic food. You are immediately welcomed into a fresh, airy and open café with small wooden tables, a few comfortable sofas, scattered leafy plants and I especially love the picnic table at the back of the room looking onto a lovely array of colourful flowers and plants outside.
For a wonderful lunch I recommend their vegetarian tapas. Great for sharing, it contains freshly baked organic bread and tasty organic oat cakes with milky mature cheddar cheese, creamy feta cheese, homemade hummus, homemade beetroot dip, homemade tzatziki, vegan plum chutney, vegan hot fiery tomato chutney, olives and vegetable sticks. All freshly made to order using local produce.
26 Morningside Rd, Edinburgh EH10 4DA (website)
Moon and Hare
This artisan eatery, inspired by founder Shannon Denson’s healthy Californian lifestyle, is located on Brunstfield Place. Decorated with colourful artwork, natural wooden surfaces and fresh flowers on the tables it has a welcoming and cosy atmosphere.
The menu is tantalising to say the least, with items such as their chickpea waffles, falafel tacos and turmeric Kung fu tofu. Of course, you can’t leave without trying their delicious selection of sweet treats - their wonderfully moist carrot cake is sweet and moreish and their red velvet and beetroot cupcake is dark, dense and delicious.
165 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh EH10 4DG (website)