Scottish cuisine in the festival city

It would be a real shame to visit Edinburgh for one of our many festivals and not have at least a dram of whisky and good traditional haggis dish!

Three images, showing The Whiski Rooms, Howies on Waterloo Place and Angels with Bagpipes

Here's our round up of just some of the brilliant and plentiful Scottish eateries around the festival city.

For a dram (or two)

A photo of The Whiski RoomsAs you might guess from its name, The Whiski Rooms is an award-winning Scottish restaurant and bar, and it also has one of the tastiest haggis dishes in town.

Located on the Mound, it’s just a few minutes' walk up to the Tattoo, less to get the International Festival's Hub on the way, and even less to get to the heart of the Fringe on the Royal Mile.

And if going up just isn't your thing, it's also an easy downhill stroll to the National Galleries of Scotland for some Art Festival goodness.

FE suggests: Try a breakfast whisky tasting instead of a morning coffee to start your day at the festivals.

For a truly relaxed meal

A photo of Howies on Waterloo PlaceFriendly and informal, Howies on Edinburgh's Waterloo Place has become quite an Edinburgh institution and with a restaurant located in a beautiful Georgian dining hall it’s no wonder.

With reasonably priced set menus with a contemporary take on traditional Scottish dishes, it’s a wee gem in the city centre, and ideal for anyone heading to the Old Royal High School or the Collective Gallery, both great Art Festival venues

FE suggests: Pop in for the lunch time menu then venture up nearby Calton Hill for an unrivalled view of the city and festivals in action - it's an especially good spot for viewing the fireworks each evening at the Tattoo and on the closing night of the International Festival.

For heavenly flavours

A photo of Angels with BagpipesMixing Old Town authenticity with a contemporary, seasonal Scottish menu, Angels with Bagpipes is only a few years old but is already a staple for festivalgoers looking for something special in the midst of the action.

The restaurant offers two tiers of Caledonian culinary class, plus the very special Halo room for a private dining experience.

FE suggests: Watch the Edinburgh Festival Fringe unfold around you by dining outside, opposite the impressive and imposing St Giles' Cathedral.

(Howies image courtesy of Brendan MacNeill)

See more of our food and drink recommendations, or for lots more more top tips on where to eat and drink, check out The List's food and drink guide.

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