75 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AU
  • Telephone 0131 629 3327
  • Seasonal times During Winter (until April 1) they close at 6pm on Sundays.
  • Bar open Mon/Tue 11am–11pm; Wed/Thu 11am–midnight; Fri/Sat 11am–1am; Sun 10am–11pm.
  • Food served Mon–Sat 11am–9pm; Sun 10am–9pm.
  • Average price £7.50 (set lunch); £15 (evening meal)
  • Email
  • Website www.bodabar.com/hemma/
Photo of Hemma
in association with
Birra Moretti

Hemma is proof that there's more to Scandinavian food and drink than crispbreads and pickled herring.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Even with six venues now across Edinburgh, we're quite happy for the Swedish owners of Hemma to continue their empire building. Off any beaten track, the office-y look of Hemma’s exterior belies the cosiness inside, created by mismatched furniture, comfy sofas, fairy lights and table football. On a Friday night, the after-work crowd combines with a regular DJ spinning soul and funk to create a sometimes full-on dance party. At other times, you’ll find a mixed crowd, including families during the day, and a relaxed feel. There’s a strong selection of draught and bottled beers including Williams Bros ales and low alcohol beer; 14 wines, all by the glass; and a classic cocktail selection. The food is hearty and homely, with frequently changing mains like Norvik beef stew or paella, lots of open and toasted sandwiches, salads, burgers and sharing platters.

  • High point: The laid-back vibe
  • Low point: Service perhaps a little too casual
  • Notable dish: Norvik beef stew
  • Average price: £7.50 (set lunch); £15 (dinner)
  • Private dining: 130 for drinks and buffet, 90 for a sit-down meal upstairs and downstairs.
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald. On a Friday night the DJ plays funk and soul.
  • Live entertainment: DJ on a Friday night
  • Capacity: 45 dining covers upstairs; 50 downstairs (25 outside)
  • Largest group: 130 for drinks and buffet, 90 for a sit-down meal upstairs and downstairs.
  • Open since: May 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
  • House wine: £14.10 per bottle