Food and Drink in the New Town

Enjoy some pub grub, fine dining or some traditional Scottish cuisine

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Introduce your taste buds to something new. With pub grub, fine dining and international cuisine available, there's something for all moods

The New Town has some of the best food & drink offerings there is, reflecting the diversity of modern British cuisine. You can take a trip around the world from India to Spain, Italy to America, on to Asia and South America. Each street in the city centre has options to make your mouth water, so if it’s a quick bite to eat you’re after, or a long lingering dinner, you’ll find something to suit everyone’s taste and budget.

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Grab a quick snack by ducking into any of the coffee shops, both big-name and local hidden gems, dotted throughout the New Town. Pick the right spot on Princes Street and you'll be sipping your latte while looking over towards Edinburgh Castle, a view that has inspired generations over the centuries.

Just about every street in the New Town is lined with restaurants, bars and eateries ready to welcome you with delicious food and drink - though make sure you book ahead in order to avoid disappointment. Rose Street is full of great bistros and bars such as The Rosehip, Veeno, Mussel Inn, while George Street is where you'll find Contini, Fazenda and Café Andaluz.


The cocktail bars and restaurants of George Street, such as Copper Blossom and The Printing Press, serve exciting and frequently updated menus made with local produce, served with a truly international appeal. The Dome, a converted bank building, is a must-visit if you're after some real Edinburgh grandeur after a meal on St Andrew Square.

Fast food options include MacDonald's, Five Guys, and a range of independent taco shops and eateries, meaning that no matter where you find yourself in the New Town, you're never far from options when it comes to food.

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