Food and Drink


When you're in Edinburgh for our many festivals, make sure to take advantage of the great restaurants, bistros, pubs and bars on offer.

The Scottish capital has a huge range of cuisine options for every budget and taste, as well as offering more pubs per square mile than any other city on the world (or so they say...)

Here are just a handful of our favourite spots across the city, all perfect for festivalgoers...

Posh Nosh

  • for an exquisite afternoon tea, head to the Colonnades at the Signet Library
  • for superb dining Castle Terrace Restaurant is ideal
  • for something magical, it's hard to beat the Witchery by the Castle
  • Find out more about all three

Scottish Cuisine

  • for a dram or two and great haggis, don't miss The Whiski Rooms
  • for a relaxing dinner, you'll find a friendly informal welcome at Howies
  • for heavenly, contemporary flavours, check out Angels with Bagpipes
  • Find out more about all three

Vegan and Vegetarian

  • for a fantastic hippy experience, the Forest Café is the place to be
  • for a laid back lunch, try Edinburgh institution, Henderson's
  • for a sophisticated night on the town, book your spot at David Bann 
  • Find out more about all three

Family Friendly

  • for space to breath, Hemma offers an agreeably airy ambiance
  • for some Italian style, you won't go wrong with Quattro Zero
  • for a snack and a story, the cafe at the Scottish Storytelling Centre is perfect
  • Find out more about all three

Stylish Bars

  • for a bit of basement boozing, head to the suitably named Under the Stairs
  • for some fairground fun, try the tasty tipples at Hoot the Redeemer
  • for a cool 'Caucasian', there's no better place to abide than Lebowski's
  • Find out more about all three

Traditional Pubs

  • for a city centre pint, pull up a pew in The Queen's Arms
  • for a dramatic night out, the Theatre Royal fits the bill
  • for a festival pub crawl, start your night in the Grassmarket area
  • Find out more about all three
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