Where Do the Locals Eat in Edinburgh?

Where Do the Locals Eat in Edinburgh?

If you want to know the best places to eat, just ask the locals.

Edinburgh is home to some of the best restaurants in the UK, and we should know; we live here! Featuring a diverse range of cuisines to suit any taste or diet, our dynamic city offers everything from quintessentially Scottish cuisine to worldly wonders. Immerse yourself in our blog to discover the most-loved restaurants in the capital.

Lucky Yu food

Lucky Yu Canteen

Speciality dumplings are the highlight at this Asian-inspired restaurant, where delicious food is served at incredible prices. Featuring soft and fluffy bao buns, wings, Katsu sandos, and a great range of drinks to boot. You might need to book to ensure you get a seat, as this hole in the wall is very popular. Our top tip: order multiple items and share to get a taste of everything, family style.

Butta Burger

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Butta Burger

Everything is better with Butta. Juicy, fresh burgers for everyone, whether you’re meat-free or a total carnivore. If you couldn’t already tell by the name, their food is made with their special seasoned butta. Spice lovers, we have to recommend the jalapeno relish as a kicking addition to any meal.

The Sheep Heid Inn food

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The Sheep Heid Inn

Scotland’s oldest surviving pub, this beautifully restored building was once a favourite amongst royals and poets. Enjoy your favourite pub classics or Sunday lunch, made to a premium standard, whilst you take a sip from their diverse drink options. Our favourites include a crispy duck pizza and the spiced coconut curry. Exuding charm and character, find yourself a seat inside or explore the hidden courtyard.

Fhior food

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A true taste of Scotland, Fhior prides itself on transforming local produce into mouth-watering, upmarket dishes. Fluid menus alter with the season, using experience and instinct to create traditionally-inspired cuisine. Dinner features seven or ten courses of the finest fare, with lunch offering a smaller four or seven course tasting menu. Ever changing and evolving, no two experiences at Fhior will be the same.

Baba food

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Journey into the Levant in this fusion between Asia, the Mediterranian, and Africa. Flavoursome mezze dishes are complimented with freshly grilled delights, topped off with a creative cocktail menu. Hummus is a must-try, no matter which flavour you choose, and the steak is succulent and seasoned to perfection.

The Voyage of Buck food

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The Voyage of Buck

Named after the famous traveller and philanthropist, this award winning cocktail bar also serves a luscious range of parisian-inspired bites. Brunch is our best-loved meal at this eatery, particularly the brioche French toast or a classic eggs benedict. Quirky, unique decor is tastefully accompanied by a well-stocked bar, with knowledgeable and friendly staff on hand.

El Cartel food

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El Cartel

Authentic Mexican street food, freshly prepared and exquisitely spiced. Specialising in soft shell tacos in every flavour you can imagine, these easy-to-eat delights are very moreish. Share a range of dishes with your group or select your favourite, just be sure to pair with one of their incredible cocktails.

With so many amazing options available, choosing your next Edinburgh meal is going to be a tough decision. When you’re full up on good grub, our luxury hotel is the perfect place to unwind.

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Our hotel in Edinburgh has preserved many of the original features including decorative stairwells and a unique cupola. The chic and contemporary interior reflects the life and vibrancy of Edinburgh today.

There are 60 individual Edinburgh hotel bedrooms and junior suites to choose from and our regular guests have their firm favourites. Each guestroom in our Edinburgh city centre hotel is individually decorated reflecting the neighbourhood story with details of Edinburgh’s rich history and Summer Festival traditions.

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Our 4-star boutique hotel in Edinburgh offers everything you’ll need during your stay in the historic city of Edinburgh. Whether you’re staying for business or leisure, our luxury hotel in Edinburgh is the perfect base to start your exploration of the city rated ‘second top UK destination by TripAdvisor’ along with being ranked ‘second in the world for quality of life’.

If you are looking for the best boutique hotels in Edinburgh, look no further than us right here at Hotel Indigo Edinburgh on York Place, ideally located in the heart of Edinburgh city centre, just moments from St. James Quarter, the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. Relax at our modern hotel set in 5 traditional Georgian townhouses decorated with chic and contemporary interiors which reflect the vibrancy of Edinburgh today. Admire the hotel’s beautifully preserved features such as the original stairwells and unique cupola. Each guestroom in our Edinburgh city centre hotel is individually designed to reflect the neighbourhood story, with details of Edinburgh’s rich history and Summer Festival traditions, and feature supremely comfortable beds, rainfall showers and friendly service so you’ll feel at home from the moment you arrive. Our Edinburgh hotel staff are here to help you have a great stay and offer in-depth local knowledge about what’s on and where to go in the world-famous city of Edinburgh. Enjoy our hotel’s cosy, atmospheric, bar & lounge which offers a superb range of local beers, speciality whiskies and gins.

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Join us for breakfast, and fuel up for the day ahead with our selection of continental items and a-la carte dishes which are cooked to order using local produce where possible. You can’t stay at our Edinburgh hotel without trying a ‘Wee Dram’. We have a selection of fine whisky to take you around the most famous Scottish distilleries, with the occasional stop off in places such as Wales and Japan. Alternatively, try one of our craft beers or ‘softies’.

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