After spending half a day touring around the city, the question that you’re probably going over in your head is, “where to eat in Edinburgh?”. If you walk down any street, you’re sure to pass dozens of unique cafes and enticing restaurants, making it even more difficult to settle on just one (especially if you’re only in Edinburgh for a day and/or if you’re the worst decision maker when it comes to food.. Guilty!). Here are a few options of where you can grab some grub in this city.
You’re walking along a street in Edinburgh and are having difficult focusing on anything for too long; your eyes dart from one building to the next, admiring its uncommon beauty. In equal attractiveness and number are all of the places to eat that are littered on the streets. Clearly the problem here is not a lack of food options, it’s which place to choose to give your hard-earned dolla bills to.
All of the restaurants throughout the city have that great British pub feel (obviously, I know, but us outsiders aren’t accustomed to it); warm, inviting, rustic. As if they just whisper, “come on in – you know you want a pint” as you slowly walk by. And they’re right. Why, yes. Yes, I do want a pint. Or three..
After spending countless hours (read: minutes) searching online for the best food joint to go for lunch, I was feeling quite annoyed. There were a bunch of restaurants that kept popping up, but they all had extremely mixed reviews. No surprise there, I suppose.
Some of the main restaurants that came up were The Royal Mile and The World’s End, offering pub classics. There were also a few “street food” options, but they didn’t have street food prices (seriously, who pays £6 for a sausage from a food vendor?!).
Ultimately, we decided on a restaurant called The Holyrood 9A, which had rave reviews on their burgers. The location was perfect, since we stopped in right after our “hike” up Holyrood Park.
The restaurant was homey and had delicious food. We ordered three different pints of beer to try, though I couldn’t tell you what types they were at this point (I clearly need to keep a travel diary). However, I do remember them being delicious, and that’s all that really matter when it comes to drinks, right?
As for food, we stuffed our faces with delicious burgers and fries – I forgot to take a picture before I took my first bite, that’s how hungry and mouth-watering these burgers were. The price tag came to about £30 or so, which ain’t cheap for some burgers and beer. I suppose that’s the price you pay when travelling in Europe..
The only thing I regret food-wise from my day in Edinburgh is never trying a Scotch Egg! Marks & Spencer in HK might have to be my poor substitute, if I can even find them there..