Where To Eat In Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a beautiful city, rich with culture, bagpipes and deep fried mars bars. I have so much love for the place, and most especially for the food on offer. I was only in Edinburgh for a few days but managed to pack in as much eating as I could (and it’s a lot to be honest…) and below is a selection of my favourite places… Enjoy!

Maison Bleue

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As well as looking beautiful from both the inside and out, Maison Bleue also had gorgeous meals and fabulous cocktails. I had Thai calamari fried with peppers as a starter, and the most incredible melt-in-your-mouth duck shepherd’s pie for a main. Sorry for the blurry pictures below, I guess I was too eager to start eating…

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Holyrood9a

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The burger menu at Holyrood 9a is insane, with the largest selection of burgers I think I’ve ever seen. I went for ‘The Blue Murder’ which had blue cheese and garlic mayo. We also came back here for breakfast on our last day so I can also vouch for the fact that they do a mean egg and bacon roll.

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If you’re after a proper Scottish Breakfast – haggis and everything – then this is a great spot. The inside of the café is a two-tiered twinkly delight and the breakfast came full of sausage, bacon, egg, herby mushrooms, haggis and tatties. A pretty great way to start the day if you ask me…

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Under The Stairs

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A cosy and atmospheric little bar and tapas restaurant that is literally under the stairs so keep an eye out for it… We ordered the Scottish meat tapas with a side order of buttered vegetables with added bacon – the best way to have vegetables if you ask me. I really enjoyed this place, and the gin cocktail I was served was incredibly strong – but I wasn’t complaining…

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Cairnform Coffee

We stopped in here for a cup of tea, which I always feel a tiny bit bad about when a place is meant to be well known for a good coffee, but our tea was also pretty special. Brewed in an intriguing way and served in some sort of science beaker, we got to enjoy a nice cuppa and oggle at the infamous melted cheese sandwiches they have on offer that our neighbours were tucking into.

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Pinnies and Poppyseeds

As Scotland is the (literal and spiritual) home of shortbread, we had to track some down to try, and luckily Pinnies and Poppyseeds did not disappoint. Firstly the place smelt insanely good, and the flavours on offer – Earl Grey, Triple Chocolate, Honey and Lavender as well as good old plain Shortbread – meant we were in for a treat. We picked up four and shared them between us as a little shortbread tasting platter, and they were absolutely incredible. 

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Los Cardos

I can’t finish this post without mentioning our first culinary experience in Edinburgh – the haggis burrito. Served at Los Cardos, and supposedly a favourite of Trainspotting writer Irvine Welsh – and therefore lovingly nicknamed ‘The Irvine’, the haggis burrito is an absolute delight. Served with your choice of other fillings to accompany the haggis, finish off the whole experience by going fully Scottish with an Irn Bru.

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And there we have it! My recommendations for where to eat in Edinburgh. Please comment below if I’ve missed out anything or if you have any other suggestions!

And with that I will leave you with a high definition picture of a deep fried mars bar, you are very welcome….

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