The length and breadth of Edinburgh's food & drink scene is represented here. From Michelin-starred restaurants to cosy pubs and vegan eateries, there's no chance you'll leave Leith hungry.
Casual Eats & Coffee Shops
Ideal for a long leisurely lunch, there’s a great selection of pub-style eateries in the area to quench both your thirst and appetite.
The Brass Monkey and Woodland Creatures provide a relaxed welcome with menus you will need to return to again and again, just to try everything on offer. With its beautiful stained-glass windows, Nobles Bar & Restaurant originally opened in 1896 as a Victorian café – today it’s brunch and evening menus focus on classic dishes with seasonal produce, while the beer garden at Teuchters Landing is a popular place for sun worshippers to enjoy their extensive drinks and food menu. Bodega specialise in tasty Mexican street-style tacos and refreshing margheritas; Bundits of Leith serve a mouth-watering range of homemade bao buns and small plates alongside a vast spread of beers on tap, and at The Lioness of Leith you can enjoy inventive cocktails while tucking into one of their gourmet burgers.
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.
Serving classic cocktails alongside delicious tapas and mezze dishes, La Casa Edinburgh offer gloriously colourful dishes from their cosy bar on Leith Walk, while Down at the Hatch serve authentic Canadian food that is big on both flavours and portions. The décor of Pizza Geeks is inspired by comic books, games & movies, but the taste is truly unique – their handmade Neapolitan pizzas have to be tasted to be believed.
Both The Sly Fox and FacePlant Foods started selling their plant-based dishes from local street markets, but now have permanent homes in Leith. Pop along for a range of your favourite delicious dishes, all without meat or dairy.
The cafe scene in Leith is lively, with artisan bakeries serving fresh pastries, coffee and delicious freshly baked bread everywhere you look.
There’s string of excellent cafes and sandwich shops on Constitution Street which includes The Hideout Café, Printworks Coffee, 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.
Leith’s dining scene is unparalleled, with innovative restaurants around every corner.
If you’re after fine dining, the Michelin-starred The Kitchin and Restaurant Martin Wishart cannot be missed - not just two of the finest restaurants in Edinburgh, they’re also renowned throughout the UK for serving inventive, creative and unique cuisine.
One of the latest editions to the area is Heron. Using local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients, their menus change regularly, and diners can enjoy a variety of dining options, from bar snacks to a la carte and tasting menus. Chop House Leith, which opened in 2015, has built its reputation upon serving the 'Best of British' beef, together with great food and service.
Seafood lovers are spoilt for choice, with a great selection of fine eateries. The Ship on the Shore started life in 1834 as a tavern and coffee house, while the centuries old King’s Wark was originally designed to serve as a royal residence, a store-house and an armour. Today, they are both renowned for their satisfying plates of sustainable Scottish fish and seafood. Offering both an a la carte and standard menu you can also be sure a warm welcome and great choice in Fishers Leith. A short distance away in nearby Newhaven, an area which between 1572 and 1890 was a major port for oyster fishing, tuck into mouth-watering potions of cod, lemon sole, monkfish, lobster at The Fishmarket, or indulge in oysters paired with sparkling wine, sea bass, seafood risotto and more at Loch Fyne Restaurant.
A firm local favourite, Vittoria on the Walk has been feeding Leithers bowls of delicious Italian food for over 45 years, while the cosy rustic-chic of Origano Cafe & Pizzeria is also a popular haunt. Pomegranate brings the rich flavours of the Middle East to Leith; Cutting Chaii serve tapas style classic Indian food and within the stylish interior of Aurora, diners are treated to a seasonal tasting menu which features experimental styles and worldwide flavours.
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 & chips check out Pierinos or Dolphin Fish & Chip Shop. 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 something sweet on the go, the gorgeous croissants at Crazy Croissant should not be missed.
Pubs & Bars
Traditional or trendy, Leith has a bar for all tastes.
For a post-work drink, why not try Victoria Bar, a venue filled with charm and frequent special events including pub quizzes and DJ nights, Bittersweet, where you can also share delicious bowls of Italian aperitivo, or the popular local hang-outs Bonnington Leith or The Bullfinch, the latter of which also has a fantastic beer garden.
Paying homage to Leith’s nautical heritage, Nauticus’s drinks menu is inspired by the area’s shipping and trading past, with aptly-named drinks such as Porridge Colada and Coastal Brew; The Three Marys Bar on Henderson Street serves cocktails inspired by Leith's legendary history, as well as local beers and fine French wines, while Carriers Quarters is thought to be the neighbourhood’s oldest pub.
If you’re interested in the making, not just the supping of craft beer, Campervan Brewery Tap Room offer tours so you can see for yourself how the magic is created. Innis & Gunn are currently in the process of building a new brewery right here in Edinburgh, but at the moment you can still enjoy one of their craft beers from the Leith Brewery Taproom.
Like your cocktail served in a tea cup? Then you’ll love the quirky bar that is Roseleaf. Why not try The Barologist for a list of amazing cocktails all with a meteorology theme or check out the range of innovative cocktails on offer at The Black Fox.