Official Guide to Edinburgh
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Eating and Drinking

Eat out the sustainable way, and taste the best of what Scotland's capital has to offer.

These cafés and restaurants have been hand-picked by Green Tourism for their eco-friendly credentials.


129 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh EH3 9QG

Located by the beautiful scenic Union Canal, Akva is a spacious yet cosy bar and restaurant where people meet, relax, eat and drink. Their Swedish-inspired menu changes seasonally to make the most of local ingredients, and always boasts good range of vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan options. 

They have a packed calendar of evening events including pub quizzes, music and DJ nights. And when the sun is out, there's no better place to be than in their spacious beer garden with a pint of refreshing Swedish cider.

Café Modern One and Two

Café Modern One: 75 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3DR
Café Modern Two: 73 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3DS

Taking pride of place at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Café Modern One and Café Modern Two are stylish contemporary cafés offering delicious fare cooked from scratch. A lot of their ingredients come from Modern One's kitchen garden, boasting an abundant harvest of apples, plums, pears, berries, rhubarb, asparagus, salad leaves and herbs, even edible flowers. The journey from plot to plate doesn't get much shorter than that! 

Café Portrait

Cafe Portrait Ciabatta Green Food

1 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JD

Located in the stunning gothic surrounds of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Café Portrait is the proud owner of the Gold Green Tourism Award. Here you can expect their trademark 'cooked from scratch' soups, sandwiches and home-baking, with lots of emphasis on freshness and an exciting blend of flavours and taste. This is a great spot for vegetarian food, as well as non-gluten-containing and dairy-free dishes and bakes - so everyone can have a treat.


Hemma Green Food

75 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AU

Hemma means "at home" in Swedish, and that's exactly the sort of vibe you'll find at this café-bar near the bottom of the Royal Mile. No matter when you visit or who you visit with, you’ll feel at home in Hemma with delicious food, great cocktails and a very warm welcome. 

The Café at the National Library

National Library Cafe Green Food 

George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EW

The Café at the National Library is run by Saltire Hospitality, and have earned a Bronze Green Tourism Award. Pop along and enjoy a quality selection of refreshments and snacks. The menu reflects their commitment to fairtrade, healthy eating and caters for a variety of dietary requirements.

The Scottish Café & Restaurant

Contini Green Garden

The Mound, Edinburgh EH2 2EL

Recently reopened after a refurbishment, Contini's Scottish Café and Restaurant are passionately committed to sustainable practices. Their menu changes to reflect the seasons which keeps things fresh and exciting. They also have a one-acre kitchen garden on the outskirts of the city, which grows mouth-wateringly fresh herbs, vegetables and berry fruit.

Their sustainable policy objectives include sourcing the best available ingredients, locally produced (where possible) without sacrificing quality. They make a consious effort to minimise their water use and find a secondary use for all their waste materials. This includes the recycling of glass, cardboard, paper and plastic as well as food waste.