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The Outsider

15/16 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EE

It’s worth grabbing a table here for the view from those oversized rear windows alone – watching the sun dip behind the rooftops of the Grassmarket, the hulking mass of Edinburgh Castle looming in the background, is a magical sight, whether you’re a…


33 Castle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3DN

If you are looking for a destination dining experience featuring Thai food, then Chaophraya should fit the bill perfectly. With its city-centre rooftop location, intricate lighting arrangements and stunning view of the castle, this place is all about…

The Kilderkin

67 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8BT

Musical references abound at Kilderkin, with owner James’s album covers and vinyl adorning the walls, a wonderfully eclectic playlist on the stereo and a handful of playful evening menu pizza names. Hoinkytoink Woman marries nearby Oink’s pulled pork…

The Turquoise Thistle

Hotel Indigo, 51–59 York Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3JD

Since opening, Hotel Indigo – part of a ‘boutique chain’ from the InterContinental Hotels Group – has known nothing other than doorstep disruption. But now, finally freed from the grip of the tramworks, its Turquoise Thistle restaurant finds itself…

Laila's Bistro

63 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BS

This recent entrant to Edinburgh’s dining scene is brought to you by the people behind Hanam’s and Pomegranate and the menu is in very much the same territory, with a mix of Mediterranean dishes supplemented by the occasional bistro favourite like…

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The Roamin' Nose

14 Eyre Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5EP

Welcoming young families, local business people and visitors alike, this is a warm, friendly neighbourhood eatery open from breakfast fry-ups to late-evening cocktails – and it cuts no corners with its good, simple Italian cooking. Owner/chef Stefano…

WEST Brewery

Building 4 Templeton Building, Glasgow Green, Glasgow, G40 1AW

Who would have thought you could set up a Bavarian brewery in the East End of Glasgow and establish yourself as one of the most talked about places in the city? Not many, but Petra Wetzel has done it with a charm, success, and character second to none.

Loon Fung

417–419 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3LG

On the back wall, a dragon (in Cantonese: Loon) and a phoenix (Fung) watch over their 40-year-old dining room, basking in the many reasons it’s still one of Glasgow’s most popular Cantonese restaurants. In the afternoon they will see lots of the local…


57–61 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR

There is no shortage of tacky tourist honeypots on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, but hidden among the overpriced eateries and giftshops selling Lady Di tartan and kilt towels, this bar/restaurant is a pleasant surprise. It’s down a close lit by candles and…

The Butterfly and the Pig West

2 Partick Bridge Street, Glasgow, G11 6PL

Moving in on Partick Cross is the Butterfly and the Pig’s new West End venture, combining cosy pub and restaurant with a wide, sunny tearoom upstairs. Prepare for a surprise, as behind the modern buff-brick, plate-glass façade they channel the same…

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The Forest Café

141 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9JN

The Forest Café, a hippy-ish, vegetarian café in a glass-fronted corner on Lauriston Place, affords excellent views for people-watching both outside and in. Here, in dusty nooks, an army of volunteers bustle among mismatched, recycled chairs and…


75 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AU

Holyrood’s Hemma has become one of Edinburgh’s go-to venues for relaxed family time. Although grabbing its share of the nearby after-work crowd, popular kid-friendly weekend brunches are the main event with chilled-out staff ensuring its nice and…

The Vintage

60 Henderson Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6DE

Since opening in 2013 The Vintage has won a host of awards and a reputation as one of the best places to drink and eat in Edinburgh. A joint venture with the Williams Brothers Brewery, this relaxed, friendly bar takes the idea of a gastro-pub and raises…

Victor & Carina Contini Ristorante

103 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3ES

Just as Centrotre celebrates its tenth birthday in 2014 it also unveils a new name as Victor & Carina Contini Ristorante. A family-run restaurant occupying the grand premises of a former bank in a prime city location, their ethos is about fresh and…


40 Wilson Street, Glasgow, G1 1HD

It would be great if waiting staff in this stunning, former sheriff court building, said: “You’ve been served!” as they handed over the food. But there is no such cheesiness here; it’s just a good, honest (naturally) bistro in the heart of the Merchant…

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Fratelli Sarti

42 Renfield Street, Glasgow, G2 1NF

Fratelli Sarti have three City Centre venues, all sharing the same à la carte menus; and all have a devoted patronage solidly built on authenticity and warm service. The Renfield Street branch has an inviting, candle-lit, wood panelled and marbled…

Three Birds Restaurant

3-5 Viewforth, Bruntsfield, Edinburgh, EH10 4JD

The Three Birds, perched near the Meadows, feed many hungry maws in their busy little nest (a bistro on Viewforth). This chirpy flock bring forth a magpie’s menu of curious, eclectic grubs for gaping diners to swallow, often gathered far from their…

The Butterfly and the Pig

153 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4SQ

Plotting a unique course through the slick bars of Bath St, the well-loved Butterfly and the Pig is the shabby-chic antidote. The menu aims to provide traditional pub-grub favourites, the twist being that everything is homemade using high-quality local…

The Espy

62–64 Bath Street, Portobello, Edinburgh, EH15 1HF

The Espy is a real neighbourhood favourite, full of coffee-drinking mums by day, families in the early evening and a casual crowd by night. The twinkling fairy lights and old pictures of Portobello create a comfortable place to come for a quiet pint…

Punjabi Junction

122–124 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5DT

Set up by the Sikh Sanjog charity and staffed by volunteers, Punjabi Junction has a 'down home' simplicity that Leithers are happy to lay claim to. The interior has an endearing blue and orange railway theme and the menu is succinct and full of…

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33 Newington Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1QR

To avoid any confusion, it’s nothing to do with hairy mammals – it’s all about the bees (an apiary, for the uninitiated, is a collection of beehives). Or, indeed, the birds and the bees, as this Southside newbie is the younger sibling to Bruntsfield’s…

The Holyrood 9A

9a Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AE

From the same stable as its Southside cousin The Southern and Lothian Road hangout Red Squirrel, Holyrood 9a has impeccable pedigree when it comes to beer and burgers. With over two dozen draughts on tap including familiar craft beer favourites from…

Juan Chihuahua

373 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3HU

It is easy to be put off by the nightclub look of Juan Chihuahua, not to mention the strange name, but once you are inside and sampling the fresh and flavoursome Mexican food, you will forget any reservations you may have had. Owned by the same group…

The Royal Dick Bar & Bistro

1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1 PL

The erstwhile home of Edinburgh University’s veterinary college still retains more than mere vestiges of Victoriana – in the main room at the bar, a selection of African masks gurn across at a bizarre collection of headwear that includes a pith helmet…

Saramago Café Bar

CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JD

Teeter down the steep hill from Glasgow School of Art and you’ll find the CCA, a constantly-evolving space that’s not just about contemporary art; as well as galleries, bookshop and club nights, it’s host to the well-travelled Saramago. Although the…