January 13, 2020

Cheap Eats Guide: Where to Eat in Edinburgh

It’s been a little while since I shared a foodie post! In fairness, the last few trips I’ve been on either haven’t featured much restaurant hopping or have been pricey eats instead of cheap eats.

But then we went to Edinburgh for my birthday, and it became three days of big breakfasts, street style food and plenty of alcohol. Who knew this city had such incredible places to grab a bite!

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Bross Bagels: Queensferry Street & Bruntsfield Place

Darryl and I were craving a big, fat bagel ever since we visited New York City last year. Thank God we came across Bross Bagels! This quirky bagel shop offered plenty of bagel choices, tons of filling options and an industrial-style place to sit and enjoy your breakfast.

We both ordered the Spicy B.A.T on a chorizo and jalapeno bagel, which were £5.50 each. These were filled with bacon, avocado, tomato and spicy mayo. They were big, messy and super filling – exactly what I was craving on a cold winter’s (birthday) morning!

I also got a cappuccino and it was surprisingly a really great coffee.

Tip: visit here if you’re heading to Dean Village, it’s just minutes away!

The Brunch Club: Melville Place

We popped into The Brunch Club looking for a cosy space to enjoy a small sharing dish and a coffee, and this is exactly what we found.

We shared the warm flatbread with beetroot hummus for £3-4, and I warmed up with another cappuccino. We also ordered extra bread as there was so much hummus!

We weren’t hungry at all really, but if I’d had more room I would have gone for one of their “Brekkie” options, maybe even with a cocktail. Or a Bloody Mary, which I am still yet to try!

Tip: visit here if you’re heading to Dean Village, it’s just minutes away!

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Henderson’s: Thistle Street, Hanover Street & Holyrood Road

Now Henderson’s isn’t your cheapest eat, but it can be cheap if you pick the right thing. I chose this place because it’s completely vegan. Neither of us are vegan, but we both love vegan food and I’d read about how great it was in another blog post.

Darryl got the vegan mac ‘n’ cheese and I got the vegan haggis and potatoes. I spent many a holiday in Scotland eating haggis, so warming up with a childhood favourite drowned in the most delicious red wine gravy was wonderful.

Both meals were between £5 and £10, though we also ordered a pint of cider which bumped the cost of the meal up a bit. For the size, I thought these were great prices.

Tip: if you’re looking for a lighter bite, they have a deli and shop above their ‘The Salad Table’ restaurant on Hanover Street.

El Cartel: Teviot Place & Thistle Street

Mexican food is the way to my heart! I’d heard about El Cartel before our visit, and when we arrived at our hotel they gave us a discount code for 20% off the total bill. So this was perhaps a cheaper-eat for us than it may be for others!

Darryl ordered a Mexican beer and I ordered a frozen apricot margherita, both of which were small, but great.

For mains we shared two Pollo Tacos for £7, which were filled with roast free-range chicken & corn, chipotle crema, coriander.

We also shared two Baja Cod Tacos for £7 which were filled with battered cod, pomegranate salad, adobo crema and pico de gallo.

Lastly we shared a dish of Frijoles for £6, which are drunken kidney and pinto beans with gratinated cheese and totopos.

The portions were fairly small and the restaurant wasn’t too big either, but it had a great vibe about it and I loved the no-fuss approach to dining. You just order your tacos, drink your cocktail and go.

Tip: book in advance, this place gets busy!

Ting Thai Caravan: Teviot Place & Lothian Road

This was one of our last meals in Edinburgh, and what a way to end the trip! We’d been recommended Ting Thai Caravan by our hotel and admittedly when I arrived, I wasn’t so sure. Think Wagamamas seating but five times more cramped! I’m also not a fan of bench seating.

That said, the food was incredible and was so affordable for the amount you get. Darryl ordered the Pad Thai for £6.60 and I ordered the Chicken Pad See-Ew for £6.60.

We also got a side of Rotti with chilli jam massaman for £1.80, which was unreal.

Tip: you might have to queue to get a seat as it’s a popular spot, but it is worth it!

Not-so-cheap-eats worth visitng

Other places we went to that weren’t necessarily cheap eats, or didn’t serve food at all, were:

The Ivy Edinburgh – pricey meals great for special occasions.

Cold Town House – choose from the brew house, pizza and prosecco bar or roof terrace.

Panda & Sons Secret Bar – an amazing bar disguised as a barbers!

The Jolly Botanist Bar – a great place to swing by for a gin or two.

There were so many other brunch spots, restaurants and bars we wish we could have visited if we’d had the time, but we know we’ll be back for that reason alone!

Have you been to Edinburgh before? What was your favourite meal in Edinburgh?

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