Where to eat in Edinburgh before you die

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Choosing where to eat can be difficult.

That’s why we’ve condensed the best Edinburgh has to offer to this small list – these places are easily affordable, but also absolutely delicious.

Enjoy the sun, and maybe make a few return visits to each of these.


Mammoth portions, innovative desserts, enough San Pellegrino to see a small Italian town through a nuclear apocalypse – what more could you want?

Civerino’s (pronounced CHi-veree-nohs) breathed new life into the already dense Italian restaurant population of Old Town.

It has become a firm favourite amongst students, and its outdoor seating area is yards away from watering hole the Tron, making it the perfect start to a boozy summer evening.

Whistle Stop Barbershop

Whistle Stop Barbershop has truly succeeded in bringing the east coast of the US to the east coast of Scotland.

It would be enough to talk about the starters and nothing else – haggis fried tater tots, fried tomatoes, and that’s to say nothing about the buffalo wings.

However, that would be a disservice to the burgers, sandwiches and other mains. We particularly recommend the Philly Cheesesteak.

If this alone hasn’t prompted you to book a table, or at least opt for deliver, you can even pop in for a trim when they host their resident barbers.

It’s not called a barbershop for nothing.

Ting Thai Caravan

Queues out the door for lunch, queues out the door for dinner. This should be enough of a recommendation but we can’t stop ourselves.

Located a stone’s throw from Bristo Square, this is an ideal spot for any meal.

All the Thai cuisine is served in cardboard boxes, just like your mum used to buy on a Friday night when she couldn’t be arsed cooking.

The portions are so big you don’t even need a side of noodles or rice, but they come highly recommended anyway.

On The Roll

The cheapest of the lot, On The Roll is a small cart that sells the most delicious bratwursts this side of the Rhine.

Curated by the most friendly of proprietors, right in George Square, you can get a gargantuan sausage covered in curry sauce and onions, and then sit and relax in George Square gardens.

We’d recommend the Currywurst XXL – it’s slightly more dignified than eating a huge sausage while making awkward eye contact with strangers.

Paradise Palms

This is the most meat-eater friendly vegetarian food in Edinburgh.

Situated comfortably in one of the most eclectic bars, complete with record store and retro arcade games, you can have hot dogs and chipotle mac’n’cheese while sipping on a long island ice tea, complete with cups and saucers.

Hosting regular gigs and club nights, this is a hidden gem of Edinburgh’s food scene.

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