The food and drink scene in Leith is one of the most exciting in Edinburgh. If you’re after fine dining, the Michelin-starred The Kitchin or Restaurant Martin Wishart cannot be missed; not just two of the finest in Edinburgh, they’re renowned throughout the UK for serving inventive, creative and unique cuisine.
One of three restaurants now in Edinburgh, Chop House Leith opened in 2015 and has built its reputation upon serving the 'Best of British' beef, together with great food and service.
One of the latest editions to Leith's selection of fine dining eateries, Heron uses local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients, changing their menus regularly. A variety of dining options are available, from bar snacks to a la carte and tasting menus – all of which are served in a relaxed environment, alongside unique & classic cocktails and a curated list of wines.
If you’re after something less formal but no less tasty, pub-style eateries like The Brass Monkey and The Roseleaf give you a relaxed, welcoming venue any time of day with menus you will need to return to again and again, just to try everything on offer. Nobles Bar & Restaurant is an award winning establishment with a spectacular interior and Teuchters Landing offers an extensive drinks and food menu to satisfy any palette, whilst Bodega specialise in tasty Mexican street-style tacos, and refreshing margheritas. Newly opened in 2021, Bundits of Leith serve a mouth-watering range of homemade bao buns and small plates, alongside a vast spread of beers on tap, cocktails and great wines.
If you're looking to carry out or order in, there's a long running debate about the best takeaways in Leith. So, use these recommendations as a starting point to branch out and find your own favourites! For some authentic Scottish Fish and Chips, or a tasty pizza, check out Pierinos or Origano on Leith Walk. Cafe Domenico has amazing (and enormous) Italian sandwiches that you can pre-order online for easy pick up. For Asian cuisine you can grab a delicious curry from Desi Pakwan or order all your favourite Chinese dishes at Lee's Kitchen. For lunch on the run, a tasty bagel from Bross Bagels will keep you going until dinner time.
Bars and pubs
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Three Marys Bar can be found on Henderson Street and serves cocktails inspired by Leith's legendary history, as well as local beers and fine French wines.
For an after-dinner drink, or just for a cheeky beverage after a long day at work, The Lioness of Leith offers an uncomplicated and chilled atmosphere - or check out Victoria Bar, where you’ll find a compact venue filled with charm and fun with frequent special events including pub quizzes and even the odd vegan night.
Woodland Creatures offers a cosy vibe, a beer garden and a selection of cask ales, if that's your thing. Others might enjoy The Black Fox - a stylish spot to savour your favourite cocktail or a craft beer.
At Innis and Gunn Taproom you will see 16 rotating taps pouring delicious craft beers or if you prefer there are an excellent selection of wines, spirits, and cocktails for all tastes. The outdoor area enjoys amazing views over The Shore.
Street food and markets
Leith is also home to the renowned Leith Market on Dock Place - a traditional farmers’ market, it’s home to delicious street food, that special something to stock up your kitchen with and beautiful crafts made by local artisans. This market is famous throughout the city as being a foodie’s paradise. Your taste buds will thank you - as will anyone you bring along.
Less well known, The Pitt is a pioneering and independent street food market, tucked away off Ferry Road. They've got burgers, seafood, gelato, local beers and delicious wines - something for everyone to enjoy.
Afternoon teas and cafes
The cafe scene in Leith is lively, with artisan bakeries serving fresh pastries, coffee and delicious freshly baked bread.
There is a string of excellent cafes and sandwich shops on Constitution Street which includes The Hideout Café, The Printworks, Shore Avocado and Rocksalt, all of which offer al-fresco dining in the summer months. For a delicious Portuguese pastéis de nata, be sure to visit Casa Amiga, or if you prefer a delicate and delicious patisserie, Café Praline at the bottom of Leith Walk should be on the top your list.
Or relax down by the Shore – both Mimi’s Bakehouse and Toast offer an irresistible selection of cakes, pastries and light bites. On a sunny summers day, nothing beats bagging one of their outdoor tables, tucking into something tasty and watching the world go by.
Want to eat in a venue with a difference? Step aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia to explore Her Majesty The Queen’s former floating palace and head to the Royal Deck Tea Room to try the delicious soups and sandwiches, as well as freshly baked cakes and scones, which are all made in the Royal Galley.
Also in Leith and owned by The Royal Yacht Britannia, is luxury 23-cabin, floating hotel, Fingal. A former Northern Lighthouse Board vessel she is now berthed at Leith’s Alexandra Dock. Decadent afternoon tea is available on-board Fingal.
Wherever you venture in Leith, you’re guaranteed a down to earth, welcoming and authentically Scottish welcome.
Leith Food and Drink: Map