Over the past decade or so, restaurants have been popping up all over Edinburgh and the city is becoming increasingly popular for fine cuisine. So it’s no wonder that it now has its own festival to celebrate that – the Edinburgh Restaurant Festival is running throughout October and celebrating the vast array of eateries the city has to offer. But with so much choice, how does one select somewhere to sample the best of Auld Reekie? Good thing we’ve written this Top 5 for you and whatever you might be in the mood for.
Sat along the George IV Bridge, this restaurant attracts the sort of crowd who might be discussing Joyce or Camus over sea bream and a glass of woody Merlot. Quiet, classy and candlelit, it has been a popular place for citizens looking for somewhere away from the crowds and is spacious enough that it feels cosy rather than crowded. You’re best booking a table in advance, though, because this restaurant’s excellent food and service are no little secret.
2. Bread Meats Bread
A Top 5 wouldn’t be complete without a burger, so here’s our pick of Edinburgh’s vast selection. It opened its first branch in Glasgow and opened one is Edinburgh last year. Since then it has become massively popular, particularly for students looking to crack open a couple of beers and relax after class. Get ready to wait though, this place is really too small for its popularity so there’s usually a queue. However, once you get sitting down the great service and food is most definitely worth it.
If you’re looking for the best Italian food in Edinburgh, look no further than Vittoria on Leith Walk. With neon light fixtures and mirrored walls, it can feel more like an ’80s disco than somewhere to eat tagliatelle, but make no mistake: this is authentic Italian dining at its finest. Partner up with a friend and get the “Meta Meta”, where you can order to dishes between you to try out. But if you’re a veteran of Italian food, you can’t really go wrong.
4. Salt Cafe
Currently serving the Morningside crowd its daily bread, Salt Cafe is a relatively new addition to the long list of brunch places popping up around the area. You can order eggs done any way you like, on bacon, smoked salmon or avocado. If you’re looking to dine for Sunday brunch, get there a bit early, as this place is usually full to the brim.
5. The Kitchin
Of course, it would be remiss not to mention this famed Michelin-starred restaurant situated on Commercial Street. Opened in 2006 by Tom and Michaela Kitchen, the decor itself is a sight to behold. Leith might not be where you expect one of the most exclusive restaurants in the city to be, but the area has, in recent years, become a hive for fine Scottish cuisine.