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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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

Now with five other Nordic restaurants and bars around the city, Hemma is part of Anna and Mike Christopherson’s efforts to show Edinburgh a slice of Sweden. Doing its best to blend into the glass office complex next door, at first impressions Hemma struggles to look, what you might consider, typically Swedish. While ornamentation is kept to a minimum, their rarely unoccupied sofa area and charming floral wallpaper reflect Hemma’s translation, meaning ‘at home’. The true colours of Sweden shine through in their menu, which is largely dominated by fish and seafood, but offers other wholesome options, such as chicken skewers with sumac, giant couscous and mint yoghurt. Apart from Idun’s Swedish ciders, the Scandanavian tipples are much like the decor – minimal. But, the zesty cocktails, including a rum based Fife Cherry Bomb, are enough to be getting on with.

  • High point: Ideal for gathering all your mates together
  • Low point: Service can be a little sloppy
  • Notable dish: Kladdkaka: a rich and gooey chocolate cake served with hot salted caramel sauce.
  • 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

Events at this venue

Street Photography Workshop

A street photography workshop for all levels of expertise.

Sat 15 Apr

£37.50 Ticket fee. Walking workshop / 0131 629 3327