Top Student Eats in Edinburgh

18 September 2016

Edinburgh Students Meadows Blog

No matter how much food your mum buys you on the first day of university or how big a lunch she treats you to each time she visits she’s always going to worry you’re not eating well enough. Thankfully for your mum, if you’re studying in Edinburgh, there are plenty of great places to eat at prices to suit the student pocket.

Check out our selection of great eateries in Edinburgh to keep your bellies full while enjoying the buzz of student living in this fantastic city. 

Ting Thai Caravan

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A former festival pop-up, this Hidden Gem is located on Teviot Place opposite the McEwan Hall and is very popular spot amongst students. Stop by for authentic Thai food, freshly cooked in a very casual and cellar style setting with the option of sitting inside at their long communal tables or taking it out in their recyclable boxes to the Meadows on a sunny day. Open for both lunch and dinner, the average meal costs between £5 and £7.

8-9 Teviot Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2QZ, 0131 225 9801

Union of Genius

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Your mum’s fear about you not getting enough veggies at uni will be put to rest after a visit to Union of Genius, Scotland’s first soup café. Every day they serve up six fresh, handmade soups packed with good ingredients, served with a choice of artisan breads. You can choose from vegan, veggie and meat soups, most of which are naturally gluten-free. They also offer a choice of gluten-free breads and cakes. You can find their café on Forrest Road or visit their vintage Citroen H-van, Dumbo, on George Square each weekday which carries a choice of five soups. 

8 Forrest Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2QN, 0131 226 4436, (website)

Mary's Milk Bar

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Top up your calcium intake at Mary’s Milk Bar. Far tastier than a glass of milk, this cute little ice cream parlour in the Grassmarket specialises in authentic gelato, made with fresh milk. A top treat stop when you’re in need of something sweet, Mary regularly changes her flavours so there’s always another temping reason to pay a visit. If you’re a chocolate lover, Mary’s silky smooth truffles are a must and a great pick me up if exam stress has hit you hard.

19 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2HS, (website)


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When you’re a student you often find yourself eating on the run. Make sure your lunch to go is as tasty as it can be with a trip to Tupiniquim. This former Police Box at the top of Middle Meadow Walk is now a great little café serving up delicious gluten free crepes. There’s a tempting choice of both sweet and savoury options plus pressed juices and freshly ground coffee. If you’ve got a little more time on your hands take a seat and have a chat to Tupiniquim’s friendly owners Gardenia and Fernando. 

Green Police Box, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9AU, (website)

Hula Juice Bar

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Hula Juice Bar is another spot which will get you in the good books with mum. Hula specialise in thirst quenching juices and smoothies which are packed with fresh fruit and veg, plus they only use fresh raw ingredients so you know that they’re extra good for you. If you need something a little more filling then their colourful café and gallery on West Bow also serves tasty porridge for brekkie and a brilliant range of bagels for lunch. 

103-105 West Bow, Edinburgh, EH1 2JP, 0131 220 1121, (website)

Black Medicine Coffee Co. 

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All-nighters, early starts, a hectic social calendar and busy study schedules all call for a good cup of coffee. When you’re in need of a caffeine top up we recommend Black Medicine Coffee Co. The baristas at their café on Nicholson Street know how to make a good coffee from freshly ground organic beans. Its cosy interior also makes it a relaxing spot to get some much needed studying done. 

2 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DH, 0131 557 6269, (website)

The City Cafe

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, we all know it – we’ve been told so many times. For a real treat, head for The City Café on Blair Street. This lively diner serves up some American favourites like Pancakes and French Toast alongside Scottish favourite, the cooked breakfast. The Full Cooked City Café Breakfast has everything you’d want to see on your plate, from the staples of bacon and sausage to the often forgotten tattie scone and hashbrowns.

19 Blair Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR, 0131 220 0125, (website)   

The Mosque Kitchen

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The Mosque Kitchen is an Edinburgh institution and its location on Nicolson Square makes it a popular spot for students. Their ethos is to keep it “fast and simple” which works a treat for busy students. The canteen style set up may bring back memories of your high school days but don’t worry the food is miles better. Their meat and vegetable curries are packed with flavour and are served up in generous helpings at a cost perfectly suited to the student budget. 

31 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BX, 0131 667 4035, (website)


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Now you’ve moved out of your parents’ home you can break some rules like eating without your knife and fork… well at least at Wings you can. Proving food can be fun, Wings encourages you to get messy with their sizzling bowls of chicken wings. With dozens of toppings, sauces and rubs to choose from you’re bound to find plenty to tickle your taste buds, and if you’re feeling brave they also have some extra hot varieties. This is food best shared so why not head along with your mates and dig in. 

5 - 7 Old Fishmarket Close, Edinburgh, EH1 1RW, 0131 629 1234, (website)

This is just a sample of some of the best student eateries in Edinburgh. Get in touch with us over Facebook and Twitter using #thisisedinburgh to let us know what your suggestions are. 

For more ideas of how to make the most of student life in Ediburgh check out our Top Things Every Student Should Do at Least Once in Edinburgh>