Have you heard? We have no fewer than 5 Michelin starred restaurants in Edinburgh. If you think they'll be way out of your budget, think again. A glorious lunch awaits you for under £30 per person. Around the city centre, there's the ever inventive Paul Kitching at 21212, Number 1 restaurant at the grand Balmoral Hotel and Dominick Jack's creative, delicious flavours at Castle Terrace Restaurant. A short bus ride to Leith brings you waterside, where Tom Kitchin celebrates 'Nature to Plate' at The Kitchin and Martin Wishart brings a French twist to Scottish produce at his namesake restaurant.
We've many exciting young chefs who are making waves. They focus on flavours, their menus changing regularly with the seasons. Check out Gardeners Cottage, not far from the shopping streets, where they pick vegetables and herbs from their own garden. And at Blackfriars just off the Royal Mile, you can make your choice between tasty bar snacks or a meal in the restaurant – a real haven for meat lovers.
Our Scottish seafood is exported across the world, so don't miss the chance to savour succulent scallops, the freshest mussels you can imagine or perhaps some of our wonderful langoustines. The Mussel Inn on Rose Street is a firm favourite for laid back eating. Alternatively, try Ondine for something more sophisticated or Fishers in the city or in Leith with its great value early evening menu.
If you're on the move and need something speedy, we've got some fabulous eating spots. Union of Genius is a soup cafe, each day offering 6 different soups that cater for any dietary requirement, all served in recyclable packaging. Look out for their soup van Dumbo on George Square too. Social Bite is another truly unique fast food spot – every single penny of their profits is donated to good causes and a quarter of their workforce is made up of formerly homeless people – and their sandwiches are extremely good too. We've also got an astonishing array of artisan bakeries in town, where you'll not only find fantastic sourdough and yeasted breads, but savoury tarts and pastries and lots of sweet somethings too, of course.