Official Guide to Edinburgh

Food and Drink

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With more restaurants per head of population than anywhere else in the UK outside of London, including four Michelin stars and three Bib Gourmands, Edinburgh has a wealth of destination restaurants and bars. Elsewhere in the city, supper clubs, pop-up restaurants, an innovative and growing vegan scene, mouth-watering street food, farmers’ markets and even ‘collaborative feasts’ give just a snapshot of the world-class cookery that’s on the doorstep in Scotland’s capital city. Everyone living in or visiting Edinburgh is undoubtedly spoilt for choice.

Edinburgh Restaurants

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With so many different palates and taste buds to please and moods to cater for, there's no wonder the Scottish capital city is home to such a thriving food and drink scene.

Here you can enjoy wholesome and nutritious eats in a range of healthy eating establishments, indulge in comfort food after a hard week at work or home, celebrate with afternoon tea, or mark a special occasion with a loved one in one of Edinburgh’s finest restaurants.  

If you’re not getting away this year, don't panic! You can always go intercontinental with foods from around the world or embrace the local larder in one of the city’s Scottish food restaurants.


Edinburgh restaurants offering takeaway

Many restaurants have adapted to new lockdown restrictions by offering takeaway and delivery services of their meals for families to enjoy at home.

From delicious heat-at-home tasty five-course meals to locally sourced foodie gift boxes, to Eclectic Asian food to gourmet burgers, fish and chips to pizza kits, there is something for every taste, mood and budget.

Travel the world plate-by-plate from the comfort and safety of your home. Read our list of Edinburgh restaurants offering  takeaaway and enjoy a wonderful night at home.  

Farmers Markets

Edinburgh Farmers Market - Essential Edinburgh Montage (1)Edinburgh is peppered with food markets and farmers' markets - the hardest part is choosing where to go first! 

Pick from fresh seasonal produce including meats, fruits and vegetables, artisan breads, cheeses, sweet treats, and vegan delights.  

So if you enjoy cooking at home with locally sourced ingredients, you will love a day browsing around your local market. Visit our guide to Edinburgh's Farmers' Markets and discover one near you. 


Pubs and Bars 


Edinburgh has no shortage of pubs and bars, both old and new, catering to a wide variety of tastes - from the elegance of George Street, to the warmth and old world charm of the Old Town.

That’s why we’ve created this Edinburgh Bar Guide, featuring some of the top bars in Edinburgh to enjoy when it is safe to do so. 

Enjoy drinks from Edinburgh pubs and bars at home

Missing your favourite tipple or cocktail-making skills not up to scratch?  Don't worry, you can now enjoy classic cocktails and delicious draughts delivered to your home. From local beer to freshly made cocktails, to a wide range of spirits to refreshing mixers, natural wines and cask ales, create your very own tasting experience at home. 

Enjoy Edinburgh's best bars at home this year. 


Whisky bars in Edinburgh

Whiski Rooms BarIt will surprise no-one that Edinburgh is exceptionally well served by Whisky Bars. The scene has exploded over the last 20 years, with a variety to satisfy the most discerning of aficionados. From the winding streets of the Old Town to the majestic New Town and Leith, you're never far away from a great bar to enjoy a dram.  Here's our selection of 10 whisky bars in Edinburgh

Gin bars in Edinburgh

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Edinburgh may be well known for whisky, but there is a second drink speeding up the ranks - gin. 

The spirit is fast becoming one of our city's favourite tipples, and over the past couple of years gin bars have been popping up all over Edinburgh. Here are some of our favourite gin bars in Edinburgh


While most of the above venues are unable to provide an indoor service during government lockown restrictions, please support local restaurants and bars where possible by ordering Food and Drink at Home . We tired it - and loved it!


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