With a remarkable number of new food and drink options opening across Edinburgh recently, and many more to come during 2023, food-loving visitors are more spoilt for choice than ever.
Our new ’23 for 2023’ guide is designed to whet the appetite of adventurous foodie fans who crave something a bit different and like getting off the beaten track.
While Edinburgh is well-catered for when it comes to High Street chains and famous national names, this guide has been curated specifically to shine a light on some of the newest and lesser-known smaller independent food and drink gems and unique eating and drinking experiences around Edinburgh for visitors to seek out.
Read on to discover everything from vegan ‘junk food’, a bagel-themed hotel and a square Detroit pizza to Singaporean-style breakfasts and soon-to-open street food markets.
Street food and stalls
Recent winners of Scottish, British AND European street food awards, Junk started life as a blog-turned-street food pop-up before opening their first small restaurant in the heart of studenty Newington, with quirkily named dishes like Stop! Salmon Time (treacle roasted salmon with sesame and chilli) and The Spanish Armada (crispy tatties, black garlic and sobrassada). Junk has also been confirmed as one of the 10 vendors at the Edinburgh Street Food Market, coming soon!
58 South Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9PS 0131 563 9085
Edinburgh Street Food Market
Coming Feb 2023 and hotly anticipated, with 10 vendors and 3 bars, open seven days a week. Offering an indoor / outdoor global street food experience over 900m2 beside the Omni Centre on Leith Walk, with views of Calton Hill. Full details remain a closely guarded secret but it’s sure to be a major draw. Edinburgh Street Food Market
The Pitt at Granton
A true local institution, this established street food market is gearing up to move eastwards along the city’s waterfront to a dedicated new home in up-and-coming Granton in spring/summer 2023. Regular vendors include The Buffalo Truck and their crave-worthy buttermilk fried chicken burgers and barnaclesnbones, serving up seafood treats and obscure cuts of meat – try their classic ‘juicy steak on fries with gremolata’.
20 West Shore Rd, Granton, EH5 1QD The Pitt at Granton
Edinburgh’s latest must-try pizza palace specialising in decadent deep-dish Detroit-style square pizzas loaded with toppings and oozing with cheese, with hot, gooey cookies for afters. Wings and dips and vegan pizza options also available. Find Homies in Waverley Market beside Edinburgh’s bustling main rail station.
Unit L8, Waverely Market, Edinburgh EH1 1BQ 0131 281 4309 Homies Pizza
Rabbit Food at Meadows Tap
A smokin’ hot new spot for vegetarian and vegan ‘junk food’, housed within the Meadows Tap pub in Newington. Check out their ‘Dirty Diana’ vegan burger, chips stuffed with pizza sauce and macaro-nae cheese, accompanied by a slurp-able plant-based milkshake in the flavour of your choice.
27 Causewayside, EH9 1QB Edinburgh 0131 385 7570 Rabbit Food at Meadows Tap
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Sustainable café in hipster Easter Road where takeaway customers are encouraged to bring their own reusable cups, bowls or Tupperware as no single use containers are provided. Vegan and dairy-free options abound on the brunch and toastie-tastic menu, with a daily ‘BLT, Bun and Brew’ deal on offer until noon.
127 Easter Road EH7 5PP Edinburgh Foodstory
Singapore Coffee House
Inspired by Singapore’s kopitiams (coffee houses), this brand new neighbourhood gem serves deliciously different Singaporean street food dishes like Spiral Curry Puffs (Karipap Pusing), which are similar to Cornish pasties but made with rolled puff pastry and served with a sweet mango chutney; and the Singaporean breakfast staple Kaya Toast – crisp, thick toast served with soft boiled eggs and ‘kaya’, a jam spread made with coconut milk, palm sugar, eggs and delicately fragranced with pandan.
5 Cannonmill, Edinburgh EH3 5HA Singapore Coffee House
Off the beaten track
Artisan bakery by day, cool bar and eatery with a casual Mediterranean sharing menu by night, Patina is making a splash at Edinburgh Park in the west of the city. The Art Deco-inspired venue also plays host to live jazz and folk through its Patina Presents series. It’s housed in a net zero carbon-designed building with sustainability at its heart, and Patina use locally sourced ingredients and work with local urban farms to compost all their food waste.
3, Airborne Place, New Park Square, Edinburgh Park, Edinburgh EH12 9GR 0131 573 0851
Port of Leith Distillery
Scotland’s first vertical distillery with a double height top floor whisky bar commanding views to Edinburgh Castle – a new venture by the duo behind Lind and Lime gin distillery. The nine-storey whisky distillery is set to open at the historic port of Leith beside the Royal Yacht Britannia in spring 2023, distilling whisky from barley sourced from a single farm on the outskirts of the Scottish capital.
24 Coburg Street, Leith, EH6 6HB 0131 600 0144 Port of Leith Distillery
Unique new venues and experiences
HOLEtel by Bross Bagels
See Edinburgh Live, guests at this new penthouse apart-hotel in Portobello will start their stay with a Friday night dinner party hosted by ‘Mama Bross’ Larah herself. On Saturday, there’s exclusive access to the ‘HOLEY Bible’, a list of specially curated VIP experiences like bespoke bonfire dinners on the beach by Civerinos pizza and last-minute Playhouse theatre tickets. On Sunday morning, guests will head downstairs to Bross HQ for a bagel-making masterclass.
177 Portobello High St, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 1EU Bross Bagels
Intimate chef’s table dining in Marchmont under the care of Jack Montgomery, formerly of Michelin-starred The Peat Inn. Argile’s eight-course tasting menu celebrates the best of Scottish seasonal ingredients,. There are only eight seats total so booking is essential. A classic sample dish is their ‘crisp sandwich’, consisting of chicken skin with liver parfait and preserved cherry.
21 Argyle Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1JJ
New Edinburgh restaurant by Dean Banks, a finalist on Masterchef: The Professionals 2018. Seafood specialities in his signature ‘Eastern fusion with Mediterranean influences’ style, served in a relaxed venue with a casual neighbourhood vibe. Dishes include ‘trout pastrami’ with rye bread, crab red Thai curry and Arbroath Smokie tart with Dulse seaweed. An intimate wine and cocktail bar on the ground floor offers small sharing plates.
17 Queensferry St, Edinburgh EH2 4QW 0131 573 7575 Dulse
New in December, Queensferry Street, West End, a flavour of Japan and the Japanese ‘izakaya experience’ of going out after work to a small local bar/restaurant and lingering over your meal, enjoying fun conversation while sampling culinary pleasures, and slowly un-winding with a drink or two, featuring sommelier-curated menu of sake and traditional food such as barbeque meat skewers, gyoza and edamame.
40, 41 Queensferry St, Edinburgh, EH2 4RA 0131 285 2831 Hope Izakaya
Nestled on the Water of Leith at Canonmills close to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Seasons-led restaurant with outdoor smokehouse on the site of a historic toll collection point where levies would be collected from local merchants transporting their wares from the port of Leith to the heart of Edinburgh. Sustainable, quality, fresh produce sourced from local butchers, grocers, fishmongers and foragers, with a mouth-watering menu updated fortnightly. The Tollhouse is Edinburgh’s official restaurant partner of Charles Heidsieck, the original Champagne Charlie.
50 Brandon Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 5BX 0131 224 2424
This brand new bar and casual-dining restaurant in the Three Bridges World Heritage Site in historic South Queensferry is expected to prove a major draw on sunny evenings when its outdoor terrace opens this summer. Diners can look forward to unwinding with family and friends over hearty surf and turf classics while drinking in fabulous views across the Firth of Forth. Menu highlights include Salt & Chilli Squid with nuoc cham dip and Steak & Ale Pie with horseradish greens.
2 Newhalls Road, South Queensferry, EH30 9TA 0131 370 0088 Thirty Knots
Coming March ‘23, a cosy neighbourhood-style small plates Italian for Hanover Street, city centre. By two-times BBC Great British Menu contestant Stuart Ralston, one of 3 Ralston brothers who run some of the most interesting eateries in Edinburgh, such as Aizle and The White Horse Oyster Bar. Will serve house-prepared speciality ingredients such as fresh pasta, cured and aged charcuterie alongside cocktails and small domaine, artisanal family-owned wineries.
110 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4DR Tipo
Cocktails and bars
Porty Vault (opened July 2022)
Taproom, smokehouse and low ‘n’ slow BBQ restaurant near the beach at Portobello, from Vault City Brewing, specialising in sour beers and serving a tempting American-style menu prepared with its state-of-the-art US-imported smoker, from the juiciest hot dogs to pulled pork and Carolina Gold mac ‘n’ cheese.
243 Portobello High St, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 2AW 0131 609 0810 Porty Vault
Ciao at Rico’s
Negroni fans flock to this plush new Tuscan-inspired cocktail bar within Michelin Guide Rico’s ristorante in the New Town. Aperitivi including a full menu of Negronis are served alongside a tempting cicchetti menu, featuring dishes like porcini mushroom arancini, Tuscan liver pâté with preserved fruit purée and Italian charcuterie (salume) platters.
58A North Castle Street Edinburgh, EH2 3LU 0131 322 6750 Ciao at Rico's
For the sweet-toothed
Joelato at North West Circus Place
Joelato Joelato started out as a food truck, then secured a space within Bonnie and Wild Scottish food hall at St James Quarter. Coming next, they’ve got their own classic, high quality Italian gelateria opening soon in Stockbridge. Their gelato is made with local ingredients as far as possible, including fresh herbs from their own garden, milk and cream from Perthshire dairies and berries from their cousin’s farm near Carnoustie. Choose from delights like chocolate and sea salt sorbet (vegan and dairy-free), brown butter or Mexican coffee gelato. Founder, Joe Sykes, studied at Carpigiani Gelato University in Bologna, Italy.
31 North West Circus Place, Edinburgh EH3 6TP 07805 994453
The Kilted Donut
New Grassmarket shop opened Nov 22, following original one in St Stephen St. Specialising in small batch, hand-crafted artisan sweet treats with ever-changing flavours, including Peshwari, Cranachan, Maple Bacon and Crème Brûlée donuts, kronuts and ‘cannoli in donut form’.
23 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HS The Kilted Donut
Small is beautiful
A Wee Taste
Instagrammable wine and grazing boards bar in Tollcross near the King’s Theatre, perfect for catching up with friends pre-theatre or after a day on the Meadows in the summer. It was set up by a former teacher and showcases exquisite local produce and unique wines, with regular in-house events, eg Tarot Card wine and nibbles night.
36 Leven St, Edinburgh EH3 9LJ 0131 228 2734 A Wee Taste
After starting life in a former police box, Hobz (meaning bread in Maltese) specialises in naturally fermented sourdough made using UK-grown grains, freshly milled in house. Known for inventive pastry delights such as savoury Danish pastries with parmesan and pepper béchamel, roasted aubergine and confit garlic; croissant cannoli; and ham and cheese “croissant dogs.”
106 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5DT Hobz Bakery
Black Grape Wine Bar
Small plates and wines on the Canongate in an interior modelled on quintessential wine bars in Madrid & Paris. Sharing plates include beef tataki, yuzu hollandaise and crispy shallots; nduja arancini with fennel and lemon; and BBQ fillet tail with peppercorn sauce and black pepper oil.
240 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8AB 0131 237 7419 Black Grape Wine Bar
For more suggestions on where to satisfy your taste buds, have a look at our Guide to Food & Drink in Edinburgh >