Comfort Food in Edinburgh

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

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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 satisfying cakes and bakes, here are just a few of our favourites...

Burgers & Beers

Best for: Burgers. And, obviously, beers.

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If you're looking for a decent burger, then look no further than this bustling grill-house on the Royal Mile. Burgers and Beers spend up to 60 hours a week handcrafting their famous 8oz burgers on-site using only the freshest produce from locally sourced and award winning butchers, bakers and greengrocers.

Choose from a variety of hunger-bursting burgers, including the American-inspired PBJ burger loaded with peanut butter, strawberry jam & Virginia smoked bacon. Or for something closer to home, try the Frying Scotsman, complete with haggis fritter, onion rings, mature Scottish cheddar cheese and creamy pepper sauce.

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.

Fat Hippo

Best for: good old fashioned burgers.

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

With a massive menu of signature beef and boneless buttermilk chicken patties, this family-friendly burger joint also has a carefully crafted 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 from classics such as the American with cheese, pickles, ketchup & mustard, or go all-out with the Fat Hippo itself - cheese, smoked bacon, chorizo, onion rings and Fat Hippo sauce.

Union of Genius

Best for: Big bowls of comforting soup

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On a cold day, nothing quite hits the spot like a bowl of warming soup.

Union of Genius have over 100 soup recipes in their repertoire, serving 6 of these daily and 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!

Fuel up with a bowl from their café on Forrest Rd or during the week, grab a bowl to take-away from their soup van on George Square.

MUMS Great Comfort Food

Best for: Bangers and mash

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Sausage, mash and gravy. Is there a better combo than that?

Also located on Forrest Rd, MUMS Great Comfort Food serves 10 varieties of mash, 6 selections of sausage (including the daily specials) and 3 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.

Makar’s Gourmet Mash Bar

Best for: the ultimate comfort food = mash

On the subject of mash, it’s this comforting side-dish that is the star of the show at Makar’s Gourmet Mash Bar.

Located on North Bank St with stunning views across the city, this popular restaurant serves delicious locally produced main dishes, served with a choice of mash and seasonal vegetables.

Choose from at least 9 varieties of mash including smoked bacon & spring onion and creamed horseradish, alongside mains such as haggis with heather honey & turnip puree or vegetarian sausages with whisky and peppercorn sauce.


Best for: A slice of Italian-inspired pizza

Combining the atmosphere of an American diner with authentic Italian food, Civerinos on Hunters Square is the perfect place to go to escape the wintry chill.

Pizza and pasta are the heroes here, with bowls of family-favourites such as carbonara, spaghetti meatballs accompanied by a fantastic pizza menu.

Out for a walk and in need of a slice of something nice? They now have 2 Slice Bars in the city (Forrest Rd and Portobello Beach) where you can pick up a pizza slice so satisfying it’ll fill you up until dinnertime.

Mimi's Bakehouse

Best for: Bellybusting cake

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With 7 bakehouses dotted all over the city, you’re never far from one of the hugely popular Mimi’s Bakehouse.

With a fabulous motto of It’s All About The Cake, it’s all about the selection of freshly baked cakes, scones, traybakes and afternoon tea. From the Oreo chocolate traybake and cute vanilla cupcakes to the towering red velvet cake and victoria sponges, you’ll 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.

The Sheep's Heid

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

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If you’re looking for a rustic traditional style pub, then head to the famous Sheep Heid Inn, one of Edinburgh's oldest surviving watering holes.

This local favourite has a menu boasting an impressive range of pub grub crowd-pleasers such as smoked haddock fishcakes, pan-roasted lamb rump and margherita pizza.

If you’re out for a Sunday stroll, their close proximity to Holyrood Park makes it a great stop for a well-earned roast dinner after climbing Arthurs Seat. Afterwards, if you’ve a bit of energy left, then why not have a game of skittles in their famous bowling alley!

Woodland Creatures

Best for: traditional dishes and creative cocktails.

Located in the heart of Leith on the bustling Leith Walk, Woodland Creatures is a great place to catch up with friends over a plate of comforting pub grub and maybe a cocktail or two.

Choose from a great selection of sharing small plates, including chicken wings, cluck free nuggets or haggis tacos, or satisfy your hunger with one of the filling mains, such as buttermilk chicken burger or fish & chips.


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 >