The Best Comfort Food in Edinburgh

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

Spatch Comfort Food

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...

 

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. Burgers and Beers 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)

Filmhouse Cafe 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 10.30pm (11.30pm Sat & Sun).  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


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 0930)

113-117 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9AN (0131 228 5651)

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 Great 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 12 varieties of mash, four 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 Road, Edinburgh, EH12 7XD (0131 334 7474)

250 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8AA (0131 556 6632)

City Art Centre, 1 Market St, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE (0131 555 5908)

Lauriston Castle, 2 Cramond Road South, Edinburgh, EH4 6AD

153-155 Comely Bank Road, Edinburgh, EH4 1BQ (0131 555 5908)

Archerfield Walled Garden, Archerfield Estate, Direlton, East Lothian, EH39 5HQ.

Fat Hippo

Fat Hippo Edinburgh

Best for: good old fashioned burgers.

A new addition to Edinburgh, Fat Hippo opened in St. James Quarter in August 2021.

With a massive menu of their signature beef and boneless buttermilk chicken patties, that come with free fries as standard, this family friendly burger joint also has a carefully designed range of vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options available, as well as a great value kids menu.

Famed for its quality ingredients and quirky flavours, choose to indulge in one of their classics, or something a bit more unique, like the PB&J (a beef burger topped with peanut butter and bacon jam).

Lane 7 Edinburgh, St James Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3AY (0131 373 0003)

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)

 

Whatever your tastes and budget, Edinburgh is packed with a mouth-watering array of places to eat - discover more in in our Guide to Food & Drink in Edinburgh >