Edinburgh…a guide for FoodiesThursday 27 April 2017 by Florence Evans If you class yourself as a foodie then Edinburgh sure has lots to offer - from breakfast through to dinner check out our delicious itinerary - sure to get your stomachs rumbling!
With quirky names like Aeropress, Kalita Wave and Long Black, Cult Espresso is a steadfast introduction to Edinburgh’s growing hipster coffee scene. The coffee shop is set within one of those gothic terraced buildings that are typical of the city - complete with a glass-fronted exterior that contrasts the rustic exposed brick inside. Cult Espresso offers an unrivalled sense of cool that is hard to beat, so visit for the top-quality coffee, smoothies and pastries combined with a relaxed vibe that is effortlessly achieved by the local clientele.
Brunch through ‘till lunch…
For the ultimate in brunches, Spoon serves it up all day long with a Scottish twist - adding Haggis where appropriate but leaving it out of the porridge with banana, honey and almonds or avocado and poached egg combo. Spoon has a brilliant reputation with the Edinburgh locals and is rumoured to be one of JK Rowling’s old haunts when writing Harry Potter.
Along the way…
Mary’s Milk Bar
This vintage-style ice cream parlour offers authentic Italian gelato and a selection of chocolates each day, with the key to its success down to the freshly churned ice cream made each morning. This means that flavours regularly change and even run out in the summer months. Be sure to stop by here for a sweet pick-me-up when you stroll around Edinburgh’s Grassmarket.
Those of you familiar with artisan bakery treats will know how delicious they can be, and this well-known gem set in the heart of Brunswick Street boasts a multitude of freshly baked delights, ranging from fresh breads, homemade pastries and cakes to the popular sour-doughnut. As soon as you walk in you’ll be greeted by the sweet scent of fresh bread, and you can choose to take away your goods or eat in and enjoy the friendly surroundings. With everything thoughtfully sourced, you can count on them for the best ingredients, with all of their pastries made using Scottish butter from Graham’s The Family Dairy. Check out their regular events, such as brunch clubs and pop up stores at markets across the city. We recommend picking up one of their treats such as the cinnamon bun loaf or rhubarb cheesecake tart as an afternoon delight.
And later on…
Showcasing the flavours inspired by humble sustenance that serves the masses in modern day India, Tuk Tuk’s signature dish is its chicken lollipops and Tuk Tuk chutney, and the perfect place to go if you fancy an exotic dinner. Authentic dishes are given a modern twist - such as Puri yoghurt bombs (Indian fried bread with yoghurt, tamarind, chickpeas, & mint) and a range of popular Indian drinks such as Mint Mambo and Lassi’s in flavours such as mango, coconut and lychee. Locals of Edinburgh love it – simply because of the tender chicken, exceptional service and lively atmosphere. It’s Tuk Tuk’s authenticity combined with a contemporary menu that makes this place a hidden gem.
When you feel like a hearty dinner that doesn’t compromise on taste, a steak rarely disappoints. Named ‘Kyloe’ - meaning Highland Beef Cattle in old Scottish - this place serves up top quality steaks in a decadent setting. With cow hide rugs slung over stylish sofas alongside rustic wooden tables, Kyloe transforms the old concept of a steakhouse and serves up choice, quality and new flavours. Choose from classic contemporary main courses such as pan fried sea bass and Gressingham duck breast, or opt for the real deal with their range of steaks - from rump to fillet, wellington to Chateaubriand - and choose your favourite sauce to accompany it. If you have room, Kyloe’s desserts are wonderful too, but we don’t even have to tempt you for you to know how good they’d be.