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The Drake

1 Lynedoch Street, Glasgow, G3 6EF

Laid-back, kitsch and a real hipster heaven, The Drake seems to appeal to a subtly upmarket yet down to earth throng of 30-something professionals. The main attraction is the bar: with its big sofas and bookshelves, it’s as relaxed as a lounge, with a…

Earthy Market Café

33–41 Ratcliffe Terrace, Edinburgh, EH9 1SX

Disguised as an old warehouse, Earthy Market Café is a surprising hidden gem for those who love all things wholesome and hearty. Earthy, which also operates a bistro-café and small shop in Canonmills, is an operation run by people who care about food…

Eat Café

69 Kilmarnock Road, Glasgow, G41 3YR

The bright yellow egg yolk spills over the dark green spinach, accompanied by a glistening hollandaise and a toasted sourdough muffin. It's a gourmet brunch epitomising the skills of the Eat Café chef team and their local and organic sourcing policy.

Edinburgh Larder Bistro

1a Alva Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4PH

For anyone with even a passing interest in good Scottish food, the Edinburgh Larder Bistro’s menu reads like a reassuring promise of things to come – and if you’re a tourist, you’d be hard pressed to find a better showcase for this region’s produce.

Fanny Trollope's

1066 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8LY

Don’t be put off by the nudge-nudge, wink-wink name – when it comes to food, there are lots of good things going on in this compact little neighbourhood bistro. With a reputation largely built through word-of-mouth, locals and tourists alike flock to…

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La Favorita (Takeaway)

321 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 8SA

Not for nothing does owner Tony Crolla boast that La Favorita offers 'the best pizza in Edinburgh'. His tasty, log-fired pizzas have become his calling card, arriving at your door with as much flavour and zing as you'd expect from its restaurant…

The Fish People Café

350 Scotland Street, Glasgow, G5 8QF

They were queuing round the corner when the Fish People Café first opened, such is the reputation of owner Andy Bell and the fishmongers he operates directly opposite (supplying at least two other restaurants in this guide). Don’t be put off by the…

The Fruitmarket Gallery Café

Fruitmarket Gallery, 45 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DF

Playing host to world-class work, the Fruitmarket Gallery is a well-regarded contemporary art venue incorporating a popular café and a terrific bookshop. One café wall displays past and present exhibition posters and, although tables are tightly packed…

Gandolfi Fish

84 Albion Street, Glasgow, G1 1NY

The quiet assuredness and sensible prices of Seumas MacInnes’s fish venture mean it does more than just bask in the nearby glory of its much older brother, Café Gandolfi. Scotland’s waters provide the produce but it’s the continental ‘fritto misto’ that…

The Gardener's Cottage

1 Royal Terrace Gardens, Edinburgh, EH7 5DX

Run by two talented chefs with impressive restaurant experience between them (including The Atrium, The Kitchin, The Outsider, Café St Honore and Falko), Gardener’s Cottage is a relatively new addition to Edinburgh dining. Be transported out of the city…

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La Garrigue

31 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DH

It is tempting to describe La Garrigue as an Edinburgh institution. You know the name, and perhaps you’ve long wanted to go. And go you should. Multi-awarded and much-exulted, La Garrigue is Jean Michel Gauffre’s proud paean to the cuisine of his native…

The Glad Café

1006a Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 2HG

A true chameleon, this innovative community enterprise café and arts venue attracts a varied clientele. The kitchen offers breakfasts, lunchtime specials, soup, sandwiches and unusual cakes including sweet potato and white chocolate. Familiar breakfast…

The Glasgow Curry Shop

29 Ashton Lane, Glasgow, G12 8SJ

Previously a branch of Mother India Monir's three Wee curryhouses, the renamed, revamped Glasgow Curry Shop is a haven for casual dining within the hustle and bustle of Ashton Lane. Celebrating the entrepreneurs who positioned curryhouses as an…

The Grain Store

30 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW

Given its prime location tucked beneath the castle at the heart of the cobbled tourist warren of the Old Town, the Grain Store could be forgiven for just catering to jolly groups, first-time visitors and couples more interested in romance than cuisine.

The Greek Golden Kebab

34 Sinclair Drive, Glasgow, G42 9QE

This is the sort of place people imagine when they think of a Greek restaurant. All the favourites are on the menu, while rustic bric-a-brac and cozy seating go some way to reaffirming the ‘old-fashioned neighbourhood restaurant’ vibe – which is exactly…

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The Hanging Bat

133 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9AB

The Hanging Bat might sit on Lothian Road, but inside is a frontier of beer and hotdogs, like a trendy, wild but sumptuous cabin, somewhere smoky and spicy in the American south. A gilt-framed blackboard charts 20 innovative, ever-changing British beers…

Henderson's Vegetarian Restaurant

94 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DR

This subterranean restaurant is the place for the original Henderson’s experience, with a diverse clientele as loyal as you’d expect for somewhere with fifty years of history behind it. It’s boho, but also surprisingly sophisticated of an evening, when…

Ho Wong

82 York Street, Glasgow, G2 8LE

At the fringes of the city centre, Ho Wong is a legendary Glasgow establishment. Its immaculately presented dining room is positioned beyond the bar area but feels miles away from the busy thoroughfares nearby. The restaurant is relaxed and filled with…

The Italian Caffè

92 Albion Street, Glasgow, G1 1NY

Being distinctive in Glasgow’s Italian scene isn’t easy, but The Italian Caffe has etched out a reputation that continues to serve it well. There’s an impressive wine collection on display as a focal point and the restaurant perhaps feels a little more…


2/3 St Patrick's Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9EZ

Ajay Bhartdwaj, owner and head chef of Kalpna, has spent over 30 years correcting the particularly British sensibility that Indian cuisine ought be a meaty affair. Indian cookery in its most traditional form is almost entirely meat-free; something which…

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Kember & Jones Fine Food Emporium

134 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8TD

Lauded as a West End gem for some years now, this upmarket 34-seat café definitely encourages indulgence. Wander in past a deli counter full of temptingly concocted cakes and a shop full of culinary inspiration, and find a seat on the snug mezzanine…


1166–1170 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8TE

Although the menu is a touch conservative, classics are well executed with the kitchen showing care and keen attention to detail. Air-cured bresaola is taken to room temperature before serving and sharpened by generous shavings of parmesan. A special of…

Loon Fung

417–419 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3LG

This Cantonese restaurant, the oldest in Glasgow, reopened in early 2013 and has deservedly held onto its great reputation, especially for seafood and dim sum, despite a two-year closure following a fire above. Particularly, but not exclusively, popular…

Malaga Tapas

213–215 St Andrew's Road, Glasgow, G41 1PD

Spain’s a big place, with lots of regional variation in the kitchen (and the tapas bar), so it’s good to see a focus on a specific part of the country. Andalusia was the natural choice for chef Guillermo (raised in Seville) and his business partner and…


142a St Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5LQ

A relative newcomer, Martha’s already has plenty of dedicated diners and with good reason. This buzzing city centre outlet provides great value fast food with a twist –- healthy, ethical and made on site from local and seasonal quality produce. The…