This article is sponsored by St James Quarter.
Liven up your nights at Edinburgh's buzzy new St James Quarter
- Emma Simmonds
- 15 September 2021
Fine dining, fast food and late-night entertainment complement a wealth of retail options
If you're looking to get your social life back on track, or to indulge in some retail therapy following recent restrictions, then the buzzy new St James Quarter in Edinburgh's East End has everything you need. This retail-led, lifestyle district is a real game-changer for the area, it's the city's largest development in a generation and has quickly established itself as a must-visit destination for locals and visitors since the first phase of its opening in late June.
Already home to iconic retail and fitness brands like John Lewis, Hamleys, LEGO, Zara, Mango, H&M, Calvin Klein, JD Sports, Peloton and more, it's St James Quarter's evening and late-night options that have really caught our eye. Legendary bowling venue Lane7 offers a wealth of ways to keep you entertained right up until the wee hours, including darts, pool, ping pong, shuffleboard, shooting pods and, of course, ten-pin bowling (including the glow in the dark variety), with mouth-watering food courtesy of Fat Hippo for when you need to refuel.
Speaking of which, there's no shortage of culinary choices in the Quarter for those looking to satisfy their appetite, and with Bonnie & Wild's Scottish Marketplace you're not restricted by a single menu, as there's a plentiful selection under one roof. Options include concept restaurant Rico's Pasta Bar, Hong Kong street food courtesy of Salt & Chilli Oriental, modern fine dining by The Gannet, exquisite fried chicken from CHIX and Joelato, Scotland's primo luxury gelato brand. Bringing together the best in independently produced, locally sourced food and drink from award-winning chefs, Bonnie & Wild have created an outstanding social dining experience delivered in an accessible, open-plan food hall format, that will host live events, cooking shows, pop-ups and festivals.
Lovers of Italian food will be dying to try out Salerno Pizza, which brings a traditional Neapolitan pizza experience to the Scottish capital. Using the finest Italian ingredients, the pizzas are cooked to perfection in 500-degree ovens and can be devoured with friends and family in their friendly restaurant space. Those who prefer a Far Eastern flavour to their cuisine will no doubt want to check out cult favourite Maki & Ramen, who are proud to offer Japanese dining that's both authentic and innovative, as they preserve the taste of celebrated Japanese dishes, while showcasing them in a playful, sleek and contemporary context.
Other dining options include delicious burrito and taco joint Tortilla, which specialises in California-style Mexican food, legendary burger bar Five Guys, and the well-known delights of Krispy Kreme and Starbucks. Visitors to St James Quarter will be able to take advantage of the convenience and comfort of on-site parking, with room for 1,600 cars. And with luxury aparthotel brand Roomzzz, Scotland's first W Hotel, W Edinburgh, a boutique Everyman Cinema and many more shops, restaurants and bars all on their way, there's so much more to come.
Visit stjamesquarter.com to find out more.