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Restaurants & cafés

Over the last decade, Edinburgh experienced a huge increase in the number of Thai restaurants, many of which fell by the wayside. Dusit, around since 2002,...

49a Thistle Street

Ecco Vino

Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

The formula at this perennial Old Town favourite has a simplicity bordering on genius. Create a basic Italian menu (antipasti, risotto, panini, pasta) and...

19 Cockburn Street


Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

Summer 2009 saw the former Claremont Bar transformed into a brighter and breezier café-bar featuring quirky art, bare brick, banquettes and a more feminine...

133-135 East Claremont Street

Elephant House

Restaurants & cafés

This popular café draws everyone from skiving students to grannies out with the grandkids. The food menu runs to salads, baguettes and savouries; some of...

21 George IV Bridge


Restaurants & cafés

Up a short flight of steps from the pavement on one of Leith Walk's terraces, Embo is a small but well-run establishment. If you're in the area and fancy a...

29 Haddington Place

Engine Shed

Restaurants & cafés

Based in a former train maintenance depot, this vegetarian/vegan wholefood café may have limited opening hours, but it's a good pit-stop if you've been...

19 St Leonard's Lane


Restaurants & cafés

Named for its founders, an Englishman, a Scotsman and an Irishman. E:S:I is a modern, spacious brasserie that arrived in Leith in 2008, serving three-course...

46 Queen Charlotte Street


Restaurants & cafés

Locals walking along Frederick Street at Christmas 2008 were confronted by a wholly new concept for Edinburgh: a tea boutique. Eteaket is the street-trading...

1 Frederick Street

Falko Konditorei

Restaurants & cafés

This German bakery and café is just the place to sit down with a generous lump of Black Forest gateau and a strong coffee to cut through the sweetness. The...

185 Bruntsfield Place

Filmhouse Café Bar

Bars & pubs, Restaurants & cafés

The city's independent arthouse cinema has been around since the 1980s and continues to draw a loyal crowd of cinephiles. With coffee, snacks, light meals...

88 Lothian Road

First Coast

Restaurants & cafés

The MacRae brothers, from the Isle of Skye, opened this bistro on unfashionable Dalry Road in 2003, and it's been an oasis of decent cooking ever since. The...

99-101 Dalry Road


Restaurants & cafés

The nautical theme in the decor and fittings at Fishers, one of the city's leading seafood restaurants for two decades, is justified by the fact that the...

1 The Shore

Fishers in the City

Restaurants & cafés

The owners of the long-established Fishers in Leith ventured into the city centre in 2001 with this smart, modern seafood eaterie. Hardy perennials include...

58 Thistle Street

Forth Floor

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

Even the anti-fashion brigade admit that Harvey Nicks' fourth floor restaurant and brasserie are pretty good. The views are tremendous, the interior design...

Harvey Nichols, 30-34 St Andrew's Square

Fruitmarket Gallery

Art, Restaurants & cafés

This modern art gallery (see main gallery) challenges the viewer to ponder what they've seen long after they've left the exhibits. Just as well, then, that...

45 Market Street