As it’s Edinburgh Festival time, and Skyscanner HQ is right smack bang in thick of the action in the Scottish capital, we asked our staff to share their recommendations for their favourite cafés, pubs and restaurants. So eat, drink, be merry and enjoy Edinburgh, like a local. Got a good tip? Let us know below.
Nice cup of tea? Slice of cake? Quadruple espresso? Edinburgh’s cafés provide the perfect opportunity for indulging in those little pleasures (necessities?) that get us through the day. Leave the world outside, bag that comfy chair in the corner, and get your nose in a damn good book. Next thing you know it’ll be time for lunch, or a drink.
Unbelievable hot chocloate and all good things South African.
Great coffee that is roasted on premises.
Best brunch in town, brunch cocktails for those who fancy ‘hair of the dog’, open evenings in August and there’s talk of turning their basement into a dedicated ping pong room.
Simply great coffee and cool furnishings.
Amidst the massive corner coffee shops, this particular place has made a mark on Edinburgh. Now in two locations, their proprietor can safely boast having some of the best coffee, pastries, and breads in Edinburgh. Oh yeah, Bill Murray has been sighted there.
Great coffee, the best sun-dried tomatoes, and I once witnessed the proprietor chase away a debt collector with a meat cleaver! –
Sit back relax and play with some feline friends in Edinburgh’s first cat cafe.
It’s also a bike shop, it shows bike races on TV and the coffee is very reasonably priced.
Best cakes in town, fab decorations, awesome teas… What’s not to love about Lovecrumbs?
Okay, it’s not a café but the crepes are amazing – worth a mention!
…and let’s not forget the amazing vegetable juices!
Great wee coffee joint handily situated next door to The Stand Comedy Club, the perfect Fringe spot.
Just off the high street, so handy if you are going to a show. They do amazing waffles with bacon, brie and maple syrup! Pretty cheap too!
Once upon a time, there was a simpler world before bearded baristas served skinny lattés to go to pug-toting faux-bohos. Take a trip into true Leith with a bacon roll, a Nescafé and at least 20 Lambert & Butler.
Much as they love their work, on very rare occasions, you’ll encounter Skycannerites in an out-of-office situation. That will probably be the pub – purely for the purposes of brainstorming no doubt brilliant ideas, aided perhaps by a soda water and a packet of pork scratchings. Edinburgh has more pubs per square mile than anywhere in the world, so you should find somewhere for a snifter, but here are a few of our tips.
Dozens of local beers, all on tap, plus gourmet hot dogs and pulled pork sandwiches. – Hilary Roberts, Product Manager
The ‘Bat’ takes on traditional pubs and creates a safe environment for beer snobs (enthusiasts), free from the big brewers and lagerheads.
A specific selection of beers, punk ‘in your face’ atmosphere, small and cosy, very lively, have jenga and other board games.
Quirky, and I like it that they hate backpackers!
Cocktails served in tea cups made by award-winning mixologists.
A cosy pub that specialises in rum. They also do pizzas which have names based on musical puns, such as the ‘Meat is Murder’ or the ‘Kurt Co-bacon’.
Cocktails prohibition style; intimate, with a cozy fire in the corner.
Good food, good beer and a friendly atmosphere.
Kick off your shoes and jump on the bed!
Big range of German beers and cycling paraphenalia.
Live music for blues lovers.
Free golf and outdoor benches.
You can play skittles (no, not the sweeties but old fashioned bowling).
Part of the ‘Swedish Mafia’s’ collection of bars, this two-floored bar serves a good selection of beers both local and foriegn, tasty food (think: semi-Scandi platters) and even lays down plots of grass outside when the sun is shining.
The best burgers in Edinburgh.
Great cocktails in the West End from the same owner of Le Monde. Never over-crowded.
Random hanging things from ceiling always sparks conversation! –
Best selection of wine in a bar in Edinburgh. Single large, bright room and difficult enough to find so often quiet.
Traditional Scottish pub, where every Friday you can dance ceilidh for free, which is good fun.
Cosy pub, heart of the town. Brilliant food, fantastic service, and a range of tasty cocktails that they are constantly updating.
Edinburgh’s pub on the beach, with amazing food, cocktails and the fieriest homemade ginger beer ever, served in a jam jar. Plus, for anyone travelling with their dog, you can buy homemade dog treats for them to enjoy.
Underneath the Huxley Edinburgh hides a speakeasy style gin joint with Edinburgh Gin Pot Stills on display and the chance to distill your own gin.
A little outside town but it is worth the short walk for the huge beer and wine selection. Lots of locally made drinks to be had due to the bar’s link to Edinburgh’s last remaining independent brewery.
Without a doubt the best cocktail bar in town. Even though it’s in the heart of the high street, it’s hidden from the crowds so you can enjoy the Edinburgh Old Town atmosphere without the festival madness. Lovely interiors with a fairy light tunnel leading you to an outside area (with heaters so it is weather friendly) and an underground bar. It’s all very funky. If you are a fan of an Old Fashioned then this is the place for you.
Although it doesn’t open as early as the Volunteer Arms next door, it’s safer, and you get your blackcurrant in your cider for free. ‘Av it massive on a Monday morning with 78 year-old geezers getting tazzed on Tennent’s.
All that hard work, plus daily trips to the gym to keep super fit and top of their game, means that Skyscanner staff build up quite an appetitie. Some of them even have girlfriends, husbands, friends and the like, with whom they may want to socialise over a seven-course dinner. Lucky then that Edinburgh has myriad eating opportunities, from the cheap and cheerful to the Michelin-starred. Bon appetit!
Authentic Spanish tapas in the city centre. Incredibly reasonable prices plus fab wine means you have to book ahead.
Small, intimate, busy; excellent Japanese food.
They will only tell you the ingredients they are going to use, and then prepare a 4 course feast.
Authentic Thai food in the center of Edinburgh.
The Margarita’s are the best in the city, especially in summer where you can sip them on the terrace.
Delicious seafood right by the Water of Leith.
Excellent dining, and set to be Edinburgh’s next Michelin Star restaurant.
Cozy Scottish themed restaurant, with a great wine list.
Excellent beef tartare for those who dare.
Hidden down a close off the Royal Mile, one of Edinburgh’s hidden gems.
A must go for any carnivores out there.
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