Food & Drink in Edinburgh
A Comprehensive Look at the City's Best
It might not be as world famous as French or Italian cuisine, but Scottish cuisine still has a rich history, with its own selection of delicious and distinctive dishes. From the humble haggis, to the plethora of divine seafood found along the coastline, Scottish food should not be underestimated. In fact, here at The Scotsman Hotel, we’re so in awe of the possibilities presented by the country’s cuisine, we even have our own Taste of Scotland Menu available at our North Bridge Brasserie. In addition to many popular restaurants in the city, there is a fine selection of excellent food and drink shops, offering the very best in traditional Scottish ingredients and contemporary takes on the country’s classics.
There are virtually countless shops selling all kinds of Scottish produce, but perhaps the best place to start is at Cranachan & Crowdie. This popular tourist shop sells all manner of Scottish food, but their best offering is their huge range of Scottish Shortbread (a crumbly, buttery biscuit, if you’ve somehow never tried one before). Loved by locals and visitors alike, Cranachan & Crowdie is also a fantastic destination to pick up gifts for family and friends.
Continuing on the sweet theme, the Manna House Bakery produces some of the finest cakes and desserts in the capital. The Easter Road shop also makes delectable fresh bread, with the freshly-baked smell tempting you inside if you happen to walk past at the right time. An honourable mention also goes to the Fudge Kitchen, which unsurprisingly, makes the best fudge in the capital.
If you haven’t got a really sweet tooth, I. J. Mellis Cheesemonger offers an alternative to the cakes and sweets in so many of the other popular independent shops. Mellis stocks cheese from all over the world, but there is a fine selection of Scottish cheese, including Old Lochnagar, Isle of Mull Cheddar and Dunsyre Blue.
Of course, no tour of Scotland’s food and drink shops would be complete without stopping off in one of the city’s many fine whisky shops. The humble dram is so unquestionably intertwined with Scottish culture, taking a bottle of whisky back home with you has become quite the tradition. There are many excellent shops, and countless excellent whisky’s but Cadenhead Whisky is the standout offering. The Royal Mile shop is famed for its excellent range, unbelievably knowledgeable staff and surprisingly reasonable prices.