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Comfort Food

Feed your heart and soul at these comfort food hot-spots in Edinburgh.

When the nights are long and the days are cold, there's nothing better than curling up in a cosy restaurant or café and indulging in some of the best home comfort foods the Capital has to offer. From warming soups and stews to stodgy cakes and bakes, here are just a few of our favourites...


Best for: succulent spatchcock chicken

Located in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, just off the Royal Mile, Spatch has earned a big reputation for serving up fresh local produce to hungry visitors and residents alike. Their homemade sauces and innovative side dishes are the perfect accompaniment to their Aberdeen Angus beef burgers, slow cooked baby back ribs, award-winning steak or, of course, their famous Spatchcock Chicken.

3 Hunter Square, Edinburgh EH1 1QW (0131 285 5240)

Burgers & Beers

Burgers And Beers Comfort Food

Best for: Burgers. And, obviously, beers.

If you're looking for a decent burger, then look no further than this bustling grillhouse on the Royal Mile. They spend up to 60 hours a week handcrafting their famous 8oz burgers on-site using fresh, locally sourced and award winning produce. The award winning Buffalo Farm supply Burgers & Beers with the finest of fillet steaks and 100% Aberdeen Angus beef mince for burgers, ground to lean and flavoursome perfection. 

The Handpicked selection of Scottish Craft Beer from local brewers such as Stewart Brewing and Caledonian Brewery are the perfect accompaniment to these mighty fine burgers.

192A High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1RW (0131 226 1214)

The Villager

The Villager Outside

Best for: Pub grub in a funky setting

This award-winning cocktail bar & restaurant adds a welcome splash of colour to an area otherwise populated by traditional Scottish pubs. The food selection is fresh and inventive and caters for all tastes. As well as bar favourites like great burgers, sandwiches and traditional mains there are a wealth of vegetarian and vegan options available.

49 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EJ (0131 226 2781)

Filmhouse Café Bar

Filmhouse Cafe Bar Paella

Best for: Crowdpleasing favourites

Filmhouse Café Bar offers a wide range of freshly-prepared, imaginative food, including vegetarian and vegan options, available until 10pm every day.  They have a great selection of ales and wines, including eleven draught beers, five real ales, twelve wines by the glass, loads of bottled beers and over thirty malt whiskies.

88 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ (0131 229 5932)


Byron Hamburger Comfort Food

Best for: Juicy and comforting burgers

Byron burst onto the Edinburgh foodie scene a couple of years ago, and have become a popular spot for burgers in the Capital. These beauties are made from 100% grass-fed British beef, with a unique blend of chuck, brisket and rib cap, for a bite so juicy it melts like the cheese they top it with. All served in an extra squishy bun, with a cheeky pickle on the side. Pair it with an extra thick shake or choose from an extensive range of craft beers, including local favourites from Scottish brewers BrewDog.

29-31 North Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1SF (0131 556 3444)
113-117 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9AN (0131 229 0444)

Union of Genius

Union Of Genius Soups

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Best for: Big bowls of comforting soup

When you are craving a warm bowl of soup, this is the place to be. Union of Genius have over 100 soup recipes in their repertoire and they serve six of these daily, always including at least a couple of vegan and gluten-free options. Can't decide what soup to try? Try one of their "soup flights" to get a taste of three in one! 

8 Forrest Rd, Edinburgh EH1 2QN (0131 226 4436)

Mums Comfort Food

Mums Comfort Food

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Best for: Bangers and mash

Sausage, mash and gravy. Is there a better combo than that? Mum’s serves 16 varieties of mash, five selections of sausage (including the daily specials) and three different kinds of gravy - meaning you can truly create your own perfect comfort food fix. Make sure you look out for their warming pies and stew too.

4A Forrest Rd, Edinburgh EH1 2QN (0131 260 9806)

Mimi's Bakehouse

Mimis Comfort Food

Best for: Bellybusting cake

With locations dotted all over the city, it’s all about the selection of freshly baked cakes and fancies at Mimi’s Bakehouse. From the Oreo chocolate traybake and cute vanilla cupcakes to the towering red velvet cake and victoria sponges, here you will find a fix for every sweet tooth craving.

The servings are huge, and yet you’ll be sure to go back for more! It’s one of our perfect places to spend a lazy afternoon drinking endless pots of tea and enjoying some of the most indulgent treats the Capital has to offer.

63 Shore, Edinburgh EH6 6RA (0131 555 5908)
277 St John's Rd, Edinburgh EH12 7XD (0131 334 7474)
250 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8AA (0131 556 6632)
City Art Centre, 1 Market St, Edinburgh EH1 1DE

The Sheep's Heid

Sheeps Heid Comfort Food

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Best for: A welcome plate of comfort food after a long day exploring Holyrood Park

If you’re looking for a rustic traditional style pub, then head to the famous Sheep’s Heid Inn, Scotland’s oldest pub. Recently refurbished, this local favourite has a fresh new look but their menu still boasts an impressive range of pub grub crowdpleasers such as beer-battered haddock, rack of lamb and slow-cooked pork belly.

Its close proximity to Holyrood Park makes it a great stop for a well-earned roast dinner after climbing Arthurs Seat. If you have a bit of energy left, then why not gather some of your mates together for a game of skittles in their famous bowling alley?

43-45 The Causeway, Edinburgh EH15 3QA (0131 661 7974)

The Chocolate Tree

The Chocolate Tree Comfort Food

Best for: A big mug of piping hot chocolate

Nothing is more comforting than wrapping your hands around a piping hot mug of hot chocolate on a cold and dark day at The Chocolate Tree in Buntsfield. This small café with lovely design and a magical ambiance will be sure to cater to all chocoholics. We highly recommend trying the churros with your hot chocolate for some extra sweet delight. If you fancy sitting in the café then we recommend you phone ahead for a table as tables do tend to get snatched up very quick, especially the lovely window seats. 

123 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh EH10 4EQ (0131 228 3144)