Best bistros and brasseries in Edinburgh
Sample some of Edinburgh's best cuisine in bistros across the city
We all have our favourite places that take care of us after a tough day and act as our second home when we want to embrace the ephemeral pleasures of life. Bistros and brasseries – warm, cosy places where you can hide away from the world for a few hours with pals or people-watch from behind a plate of something tasty – form the central nervous system of Edinburgh dining. Combining memorable settings, friendly staff and kitchens that don't limit their ambitions with good value and a sense of ease, here is some of Edinburgh's most enjoyable dining.
146 Marchmont Road, Southside, EH9 1AQ
Marchmont café with a bright, fresh interior showcasing strong breakfast and brunch choices and an appealing dinner menu.
thebirchwood.co.uk | read our review of The Birchwood
Galvin Brasserie de Luxe
Caledonian Hotel, Princes Street, West End, EH1 2AB
Swish and fun, a stylish classic brasserie in which to while away the hours.
galvinbrasseriedeluxe.com | read our review of Galvin Brasserie de Luxe
54–56 Morningside Road, West End, EH10 4BZ
Quirky reclaimed interior packed full of character, where daytime café culture seamlessly stretches into informal evening dining.
facebook.com/SaltCafeMorningside | read our review of Salt Café
9 Croall Place, Leith Walk, EH7 4LT
Wonderful things come in small packages at this exciting and cannily priced neighbourhood eatery on Leith Walk.
read our review of The Walnut