Posted on June 8th, 2016
I was so lucky to spend 4 years as a student at Edinburgh university. It is honestly the most magical city and as well as home to the Fringe festival, and in my opinion the best Christmas decorations in the UK, it also has a diverse and growing food scene. When I was living in Edinburgh I had so many requests for foodie places so I thought I’d have to do a post. I’m sure many more have sprung up since I left, but these were my favourites.
Breakfast and Brunch
Situated in sweet little Stockbridge, The Pantry was one of my favourite Sunday brunch spots. Perfect for when you’re feeling a tad hungover, the atmosphere is calm and homely. Sip your tea from old-fashioned tea cups whilst you wait for your food – there are no disappointing dishes.
Urban Angel is a definite contender for my favourite place to eat in Edinburgh. But be warned… waiting for a table can take up to an hour and staff aren’t always the friendliest. When you eventually get a seat, I recommend ordering the ‘Recovery angel’ smoothie – a delicious blend of berries, banana, honey, coconut water and peanut butter – always seemed appropriate for my student hangover. Breakfast and brunch options include poached pear with natural yoghurt, chocolate + quinoa, and mackerel and kale on toast with a soft poached egg, not forgetting all the classics. Also a great spot for lunch and afternoon tea with plenty of delicious cakes.
If you’re looking for a soup-er easy lunch I highly recommend this little find on Forrest Road. Freshly made soups rotate everyday with plenty of vegan or dairy free options, and well as meatier choices to please everyone. My personal favourite is a little taste of 3 soups served with a selection of artisanal breads or oatcakes. The vegan chilli is also a must – I miss it everyday!
One of my favourite places to work in Edinburgh, Brew Lab is the ideal spot for a laptop and quafee sesh or soup and sarnie lunch. The soups and salads change daily and are so there’s always a great range of different flavours and textures. I used to like the salads best, nutty wholegrains like red rice or quinoa with plenty of veggies and crumbled fetta. They come served with fresh artisan bread on the side. Fresh herbal teas are also accompanied with egg timers for the perfect brew and of course should be accompanied with one of the incredible cakes on offer.
There are several Earthy’s in Edinburgh but the one closest to where I lived was Cannonmills. The food never disappointed and I used to love raiding the farm shop for delicious samples of dips or cheese. Earthy’s mantra is fresh, seasonal, and organic produce so naturally the food is bright, colourful and deliciously nutritious. Fishcakes and beef burgers grace the menu, as well as wholesome hearty salads. My favourite was to choose 4 salads from the deli, the portions were huge but it’s worth saving room for tea and cake too.
Henderson’s vegetarian Bistro
Henderson’s is an all veggie / vegan restaurant and actually quite famous in the Burgh. I’m not vegan / veggies myself but really appreciated this beautiful bistro and its offerings. Great for hearty plantbased lasagnas, risottos and bean burgers with lashings of vegan mayo. I loved going to the Bistro in the evenings, ask the waiter for his recommendation – they usually have it down.
Cosily tucked away in the West End Village, the Edinburgh Larder reminded me a little of a ski chalet with wooden tables, brick walls and rugs making it the perfect winter dinner setting. Its philosophy is based on seasonal ingredients from artisanal Scottish suppliers – in my opinion the best kind of food you can get.
Honestly one of the places I miss the most. Tupiniquim is conveniently located a 5 minute walk from the uni library and for many actually made it worth going. If you’re coeliac all the crepes are gluten free and there’s also a vegan batter if that’s your jam. Fillings range from the simple ham and cheese to roasted chunks of butternut squash, spinach, sundried tomatoes, avocado and goats cheese. The only downside was the queue, but worth it every time I promise.
Stockbridge market genuinely has such a special place in my heart. If you’re in Edinburgh for the weekend don’t miss it. It has such charm and all the street food is delicious. I think the gyozas and paella were the most popular, but there’s plenty of rotating stools so you will find something special for sure.
Smoothies and Juices
Hula juice bar
If you find yourself wondering around Grass market be sure to head into Hula for a quick juice or smoothie. My favourite things were the Nutty professor smoothie and sweet potato blondie – I swear they got me through 4th year!
I honestly miss living in Edinburgh so much and there’s so many other places that I made my time there, lunches at Peter’s Yard, celebrating my graduation at Devils Advocate, Burr and Co for oat milk cappuccinos and too many more to list. If you are planning a getaway weekend I couldn’t recommend this city enough.