187 Great Junction Street, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 5LQ
  • Telephone 0131 554 5537
  • Bar open Wed–Fri noon–11pm; Sat/Sun 10am–11pm. Closed Mon/Tue.
  • Food served Wed–Fri noon–9.15pm; Sat/Sun 10am–9.15pm. Closed Mon/Tue.
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A local café/bistro serving highly satisfying breakfasts, lunches and weekend dinners using seasonal, local produce and creative culinary design.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Leith Walk is jammed with a variety of nice places to eat, so someone had to be the first to take the plunge and move a little further along. Congratulations then to Aurora, a nicely informal neighbourhood bistro which sits at the furthest point of Great Junction Street just before the shops run out. Away from the main drag it may be, but there’s little doubt that word of mouth will get around fast – the food is more than good enough to make anyone go out of their way to try it. Owner Kamil Witek – former head chef at Salt Café in Morningside – focuses on seasonal, local ingredients combined to create surprising flavour combinations. The menu changes every couple of weeks, but lunch selections like pork cheek and barley ravioli bathed in a chicken consommé, or peppercorn crusted tuna with avocado nori show his ambition. Eggs feature heavily on the breakfast list, including an eggs benedict dressed with truffle hollandaise and North African shakshuka baked eggs, while all the pastries and bread are made on the premises.

The List's rating






David Pollock visited Aurora on 1 December 2017
  • High point: Shining devotion to creating interesting, imaginative dishes
  • Low point: A short, though well-conceived, menu
  • Notable dish: Fish arancini with kafir and lemongrass bisque and salsa verde.
  • Average price: £12 (set lunch)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Contemporary indie
  • Capacity: 21
  • Largest group: 20
  • Open since: 2017
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £19 per bottle

Reviews & features

Best cafés in Edinburgh

16 Apr 2018

From tea and coffee to cake and pastries, these Edinburgh hotspots do café culture right

Edinburgh's thriving independent café scene has put the Scottish capital on the coffee map. From the wee artisan to the established branches, you're never more than a few blocks away from the ideal flat white or the perfect laid-back brunch spot. With…

Eating & Drinking Guide Awards 2018: Edinburgh winners

16 Apr 2018

The List proudly presents the 25th edition of the Eating & Drinking Guide and its 2018 award winners

The List's annual Eating & Drinking Guide, published on 18 April 2018 with coverage of almost 1000 food and drink venues across Edinburgh and Glasgow, has announced the winners of its reformatted Eating & Drinking Awards for 2018.

Aurora: the northern lights of Great Junction Street

9 Apr 2018

Recent opening in an unfashionable part of town brightens even the darkest of nights

With a run of glossy new openings in the city centre and a string of second, third and even fourth new venues planned for some well-known local names, you'd perhaps be forgiven for thinking the Edinburgh dining scene is a familiar story. But take a…