75 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AU
  • Telephone 0131 629 3327
  • Bar open Mon 11am–10pm; Tue/Thu 11am–midnight; Fri 11am–1am; Sat 10am–1am; Sun 10am–8pm.
  • Food served Mon–Sat 11am–8.45pm; Sun 10am–5.45pm.
  • Email
  • Website www.bodabar.com/hemma/
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Hearty and heartfelt, Hemma’s Swedish-inspired dishes warm the bones on even the coldest of Nordic evenings.

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Don’t let the glassy exterior fool you: Hemma’s corporate surface belies a bright and spacious heart, populated with low couches and wooden furniture where every available surface is generously garnished with bunting and fairy lights. Friday nights are a veritable menagerie of politicos, journalists and video game developers; weekends are similarly packed with brunching families. But during the week Hemma boasts a laid-back vibe with food to match. Tweaked every few months, the menu features simple yet delicious Swedish-Scottish accents, like a classic smörgåsbord platter, hearty chowder with generous chunks of potato and salmon swimming in cream and fresh salads heaped with pine nuts and sun-dried tomatoes. Their take on the kladdkaka - a traditional chocolate cake - swaps out whipped cream for rivers of salted caramel, but is still gooey and very, very good. The fridge is stocked with a mix of Scottish and Swedish brews, but a particular stunner is the light and fruity Idun’s cider sourced straight from Gothenburg.

The List's rating






Deborah Chu visited Hemma on 3 July 2018
  • High point: Generous plates in a cheerful, relaxed atmosphere
  • Low point: The chowder could use a touch more flavour
  • Notable dish: The kladdkaka
  • Average price: £13 (lunch); £15 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Varies: electronic, reggae, indie pop.
  • Capacity: 95 (25 outdoors)
  • Largest group: Contact the events manager.
  • Open since: May 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 16
  • House wine: £15 per bottle

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