Edinburgh's Best Food & Drink: Food Survey 2020

Brilliant coffee, exciting bars and incredible fried chicken – here are your favourite venues in Edinburgh from our Food and Drink Survey

Feature by Peter Simpson | 10 Jan 2020
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Lowdown Coffee
Relaxing Scandi-style coffee bar in the heart of the city centre. When you grow tired of the joys of town, head down the stairs for a chilled vibe and excellent flat white.
40 George St, EH2 2LU, instagram.com/lowdown_coffee

The Lioness of Leith
Equal parts ‘trendy bar’ and ‘unfussy local’. Good burgers, a nice atmosphere, a pinball table – what more could you want?
21-25 Duke St, EH6 8HH, thelionessofleith.co.uk

The Buffalo Truck
The best chicken burgers in this or any other town; savoury, spicy, limb-licking deliciousness served from a matte black cousin of the Scooby-Doo van. Read our tribute to the Buffalo Truck here.
125 Pitt St, EH6 4DE and pop-up locations, facebook.com/TheBuffaloTruck/

Great cakes as far as the eye can see, in a cosy and welcoming space in Newington.
38 Dalkeith Rd, EH16 5BS, bakery314.com

The Stockbridge Tap
Expertly-run and surprisingly bright pub in the heart of Stockbridge. Come for the charity shops and the far-too-busy Sunday market, stay for a pint in here afterwards.
2-6 Raeburn Pl, EH4 1HN, twitter.com/StockbridgeTap

Excellent hot sandwich shop with a laid back vibe and ever-changing list of sarnies to pick from.
8 Portland Pl, EH6 6JZ, facebook.com/AlbysLeith

Tasty Buns
The Tollcross bakery and treat emporium that's home to Sconefest. Before you ask, yes, that’s a scone festival. 
67 Bread Street, EH3 9AH, twitter.com/TastyBunsBakery

Salt Horse
Super-cool craft beer bar with regular tap takeovers, an ever-changing draft line-up, and a great hidden beer garden. 
57-61 Blackfriars St, EH1 1NB, salthorse.beer

Kim’s Mini Meals
Family-run Korean bistro round the corner from Edinburgh University, with a family-style welcome to match. Get there early to beat the queues.
5 Buccleuch St, EH8 9JN, kimsminimeals.com

Century General Store
Great coffee in a mind-blowing range of configurations (if you know what a 'tomahawk' coffee is, let us know), amid waves of extremely hygge homeware.
1-7 Montrose Ter, EH7 5DJ, centurygeneralstore.com

The Ventoux
Cosy bar with great German beers, bikes all over the place, and a very, very good fish tank.
2 Brougham St, EH3 9JH

Minimal but mind-blowing restaurant from the Aizle team. The beef tartare with yuzu kosho will blow your tiny wee mind.
47a Thistle St, EH2 1DY, notoedinburgh.co.uk

Salads, sandwiches and breakfasts with loads of veggie options.
18 William Street, EH3 7NH, rootsedinburgh.co.uk

Athletic Arms
In Dalry, the Diggers offers cask ales, low-cost whiskies and big wooden benches.
1-3 Angle Park Terrace, EH11 2JX, athleticarms.com

Bross Bagels
Super-fresh and endlessly interesting filled bagels to be found at venues across the city.
Bruntsfield, Leith, West End and Portobello, brossbagels.com

Fortitude Coffee
Excellent small batch coffee from a lovely space above The Stand Comedy Club. Their piccolo is incredible..
3c York Pl, EH1 3EB, fortitudecoffee.com

Vegan comfort food in a trendy setting in Leith. Surf and Turf isn't just for meat-eaters anymore!
60 Henderson St, EH6 6DE, harmoniumbar.co.uk

South Indian realness in Newington. Expect brilliant curries and enormous dosas.
6-8 Clerk St, EH8 9HX, tanjore.co.uk