Student Venues: Affordable Date Places

Trying to impress someone? Take them to one of these places – even if it's a total bust, you'll have a nice time

Article by Nadia Younes and Peter Simpson | 13 Sep 2018

62 Elm Row & 36 Leven St, Edinburgh
Choose from their tiny BYOB spot on Elm Row or the slightly larger one in Tollcross; either way, Bodega's tacos are amazing. Plus, it's ideal sharing food and thus excellent for provoking chat around who has the 'wrong' opinion about which was best.

The Hanoi Bike Shop
8 Ruthven Ln, Glasgow
It's a lovely room full of atmosphere and cool stuff on the walls, the food is great, and Beyoncé's been in for dinner. Get a table at this brilliant Vietnamese street food joint if you can; if your date doesn't like this, be sure to find out why/what their game is.

Maki and Ramen Omakase
97-101 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh
A lovingly decorated spot on Fountainbridge, the menu is, as suggested, half sushi and half noodle. Expect quality in presentation, ingredients and execution.

Mary's Milk Bar
19 Grassmarket, Edinburgh
Want to go on a date from a 90s romantic comedy? Get down to Mary's for Italian gelato, created by someone who trained in Bologna at the prestigious Carpigiani Gelato University, in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle.

94 Miller St & 471 Great Western Rd, Glasgow
The dough, cooked up in 500-degree Italian-built ovens, is fluffy and remarkably light. The toppings are expertly-chosen. You can get a pizza and a beer for under £10, and you and your date can get to know each other in the inevitable queue because there are NO RESERVATIONS.