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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…

Urban Bar & Brasserie

23–25 St Vincent Place, Glasgow, G1 2DT

The classical exteriors of this former bank building give way to a large suitably opulent room lined with sumptuous leather lined booths, white tablecloths, tall lamps, globe lighting and leafy plants alongside a lush cocktail bar. As befits the air of…

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…

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…

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14a Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DH

One of the best-kept secrets of the Old Town, nestled above a sandwich franchise and a music shop on Nicolson Street, Suruchi provides an inconspicuous oasis of calm in the bustling district of Newington. As Scotland’s first Thali restaurant, this…


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…


24 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BU

Despite being only a few years old, Beirut has firmly established itself on the capital’s dining scene by offering quality fare at affordable prices. Although there’s a full range of mains, including shish tawouk – succulent chicken skewers with garlic…

Clockwork Beer Co

1153-1155 Cathcart Road, Glasgow, G42 9HB

If there is one bar South of the river that everyone in the city knows, it’s Clockwork. Five minutes walk from Hampden and with huge 3D TVs mounted on the walls, even this cavernous space can be bustling on a match day. But what really makes Clockwork…

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…

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Nobles Cafe, Bar & Restaurant

44a Constitution Street, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6RS

It’s not hard to see why this big Victorian bar draws in locals and tourists for its real ales, music and food. From the colourful stained-glass windows and large wood panelled bar to the maritime décor, the look is impressive and the atmosphere lively.

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…

Buddy's Bar Diner Grill

677–681 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 2AB

Buddy’s, perhaps more than any other, epitomises the all-encompassing boom of the American-diner throughout the city. What began as a reasonable-sized takeaway now stands as a 60-seater restaurant that holds court on Pollokshaws Road. The recent…

Hard Rock Café

20 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PF

Some restaurants are all about the expectation game. Launched in London over 40 years ago, the Hard Rock has since exported its rather cookie cutter approach all over the world, but should you go in expecting generous portions of decent, if rather…

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…

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52 Canoes

13 Melville Place, Edinburgh, EH3 7PR

Take a deep breath, descend the stairs, and enter 52 Canoes Tiki Den. Part surf shack, part underground drinking lair, its low ceiling and deep-red walls are covered with an eclectic and entertaining array of the kitsch and colourful. Essentially a bar…

Circle by Di Giorgio

1 Brandon Terrace, Canonmills, Edinburgh, EH3 5AE

Joining the hotbed of café competition in Canonmills, Circle by Di Giorgio opened under new owners Nadia and Ivan Di Giorgio in August 2013 and has already earned its stripes. Straddling the divide between bistro and café, a strong Italian influence…

Saigon Saigon Restaurant

14 South St Andrew Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2AZ

Anyone would be forgiven for having walked past Saigon Saigon's entrance a thousand times and having dismissed it as a buffet canteen kitchen, and during the day that's exactly what Saigon Saigon does, catering to gaggles of shoppers laden with bags and…

The Bothy

11 Ruthven Lane, Glasgow, G12 9BG

Few other restaurants in Glasgow wear their Scottishness quite as literally as G1’s The Bothy, tucked away down Ruthven Lane in the heart of the West End – see the waiting staff’s signature kilts for proof. Exposed stone walls and a rustic old chunky…

Cafe Source Too

Hillhead Sports Club, 32 Hughenden Road, Glasgow, G12 9XP

Situated in Hillhead Sports Club nestled down a lane in residential Hyndland, this sister venue to Café Source at St Andrews in the Square fights an ongoing battle literally to be noticed, with the council preventing them even putting up proper signage…

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The Calabash Restaurant

57 Union Street, Glasgow, G1 3RB

This Union Street basement is as much a meeting place for Glasgow’s tiny African community as it is a restaurant, with folk dropping in for a beer on the way home from work, catching up with friends and watching football on the big screen TV. Whenever…


239 North Street, Glasgow, G3 7DL

Charles Bukowski testified that it was “very important … to take leisure time”, and within the bar that bears the name of his notorious alter-ego Henry Chinaski there is plenty the man himself would consider faithful to this philosophy. It’s hard not to…

The Hill

94 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8TB

Situated on a well-known corner of Byres Road, the Hill takes pride of place in an area which had long been dormant. Nostalgic images of the West End of Glasgow are hung against decadent wallpaper and contrasting exposed brick. This is a place to ‘Eat…


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…


6a Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DH

Plenty of restaurants bandy about their seasonal produce credentials, but not all take it as seriously as Spoon, where what’s on the plate takes its cue from what’s in season locally. It’s a mix and match kind of place: casual café by day, unpretentious…