We are so lucky in Edinburgh, we have a vast choice of places to eat. It doesn’t always have to be about fine dining either. There are some really nice, more affordable, little treasures too. Here are seven places to eat well in Edinburgh on a budget.
Stockbridge Market is an open air food market based in the Stockbridge area of Edinburgh. The market is on every Sunday and has a great selection of street food stalls. Take a wander with your feet and your taste buds. You’ll end up being tempted by the craft stalls as well as the food.
We love the Pork Gyoza (£3.50) from Harajuku Kitchen, the Tennessee BBQ wraps (£5) from Gusto who make all their own marinades and sauces, and if you love a good coffee head to Steampunk Coffee – you can’t miss their beautiful vintage Volkswagen vans.
Mosque Kitchen has a plentiful selection of delicious and on budget Middle Eastern dishes. Their food is really fresh and there is plenty of room for bigger parties. You can find them on Nicholson Square. Combine a visit here with a visit to the National Museum of Scotland (entry is free!) for a very budget conscious day out.
We love the Kofta Masala with rice and the Chicken Biryani (both £5.50)
Mr Nick’s is a real-deal Greek Restaurant inside Ocean Terminal. They serve all your favourite Greek dishes, which taste so authentic you could close your eyes and imagine the Firth of the Forth was the Aegean.
We love the Pork and Chicken Gyros Dinner (£8.95)
With a stack of awards and accolades, Wedgewood The Restaurant might not be a listing you would expect to find on our list of budget suggestions but they currently have a 7-course evening tasting menu, which focuses on Scottish Cuisine for £50pp. This isn’t publicised on their website, so is a great wee insider tip off for those looking for great value for money.
Another choice you might not expect to find in a budget list, but Mark Greenaway do an extremely good value Sample Market Set Lunch or Dinner – 2 Courses for £20 or 3 Courses for £24.50. If you want something a bit more fancy without breaking the bank this is an excellent deal for treating yourself to a meal you’ll remember.
Luca’s has two branches, one in Musselburgh and one in Morningside. They are most famous for their delicious Ice Cream (it was always a Sunday treat to go for an ice cream after visiting granny, when I was little) but they also have a great value café attached too. Well worth a visit for tasty, traditional food.
We love the Classic Club Sandwich (£6.35) and the Kid’s Chicken Nuggets (£3.75)
Tony Macaroni is a family, friendly restaurant serving all your Italian favourites. Most of the lunch options are £4.95 and there really is a big selection to choose from, so something for everyone. Their branch at the Omni Centre is perfect to combine with a trip to the cinema or a day out shopping.
We love the old favourite Spaghetti Carbonara but the Parmigiana Melanzane is worth a try too.