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Coffees and crownies
If you haven't yet tried the crownies at 101 Bakery, you're missing out. A cross between a cookie and a brownie, these are the sweet chocolatey treats that dreams are made of. Plus they have freshly baked cinnamon buns and a range of other delicious treats for you to try. (No pies though...)
For a heartier meal, head to student favourite Snax Cafe for incredible all day breakfasts and other cheap eats. Next door is Cult Espresso (not an actual cult) where they have excellent coffees and traybakes and a very trendy vibe.
Spoon Cafe is one of the key Harry Potter stops in Newington. Like JK Rowling, you could stop here to pen a few pages of your future best seller, catch up with a friend over brunch, and enjoy the shabby chic surroundings.
Mexican, Moroccan, Argentinian and more
Newington is home to a whole slew of different restaurant cuisines.
Burrito-lovers can choose between Bonnie Burrito for food on the go, or Illegal Jacks for a great vibe and a good range of beers. Both serve burritos, tacos, queso and other Mexican fare with a Scottish twist.
The Mosque Kitchen has been popular with locals and students since it began serving the wider community in 2001. Before the terror attacks on 9/11, the kitchen just served worshippers at the Mosque after services on Fridays. Following the tragedy they wanted to reach out to the wider community and help people of all faiths in Edinburgh to better understand Islam. Their curries are delicious, authentic and really affordable.
If you're celebrating a special occasion, especially with a meat-lover, you might try Los Argentinos. This steakhouse and grill will serve your favourite cuts of beef cooked exactly how you like them. Pair your steak with the perfect wine, and finish up with a delicious dessert too.
Souq Edinburgh is home of Moroccan street food, so you can enjoy the flavours of the Marrakesh Market without ever having to get on a plane! This casual eatery is run by the owners of other local favourites like Pomegranate and Hanams. They have a dedicated tagine menu, and a selection of Lebanese fine wines.
Local craft beers in lively pubs
The Royal Dick, found inside Summerhall with a sprawling courtyard, is a great spot for local beers and spirits. They've a vast selection from Pickering's Distillery and Barney's Brewery, which are their neighbours in the complex. The courtyard is full of picnic benches and there's plenty of space to spread out.
Film buff's might enjoy the Brass Monkey, which hosts afternoon screenings in their dedicated lounging area. The rest of the pub features traditional decor with some silver-screen touches, and they have a great selection of beers and a simple menu.
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For a quirky atmosphere, The Dog House is a great spot. They have unique, funky decor, video games and frozen cocktails. They also are a hot spot for live music and the owners are on a mission to support local artists and musicians.
Southpour is another great venue to catch live music. Billed as a gastro pub, they have great brunch and dinner menus, tasty cocktails and a range of craft beers.
Gourmet burgers and sweet potato fries are the highlight of the Southern. There's a great choice of craft beers and cocktails, as you'd expect, the decor is fresh and classy, and the staff are friendly. What more could you ask for?!