Most commonly dubbed as an expensive city, it takes an insider to show you the cheapest places to eat in Edinburgh. But let’s be clear about one thing – cheap doesn’t mean crap. Some of the best affordable Edinburgh restaurants are among the best in the country whether you’re looking for a cheap breakfast, a low-cost lunch or a budget dinner, here are 10 of the best cheap eats in Edinburgh. Check out our top picks for cheap dinner and drinks in Edinburgh right here.
1. MUM’s Great Comfort Food
Previously the Monster Mash Cafe, Mums offers gourmet home-style baking at great value prices. With a traditional menu featuring sausages and mash and shepherds pie, Mums is the best place in town for feel-good food.
Address: 4A Forrest Rd, Edinburgh EH1 2QN
Tel: +44 (0) 131 260 9806
2. The Elephant House
Where J.K Rowling dreamt up her most famous creation, the Elephant House is a charming café with quality coffee, scrummy snacks, and of course… elephants. A cosy place to catch up with friends or have a try at writing your own magical novel.
Address: 21 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EN
Tel: +44 (0) 131 220 5355
3. Mimi’s Bakehouse
Situated in the Shore area of Leith, Mimi’s Bakehouse offers lots of sweet treats as well as afternoon tea and sumptuous savoury lunches. The family-run bakery also has a takeaway shop on the Royal Mile.
Address: 63 Shore, Edinburgh EH6 6RA
Tel: +44 (0) 131 556 6632
4. Red Squirrel
With a range of over 20 gourmet burgers, the Red Squirrel is the go-to gastropub for burger lovers and those in need of a hangover fix. With burger prices averaging £8- £9, this is great value feasting.
Address: 21 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH1 2DJ
Tel: +44 (0) 131 229 9933
Not one for veggies, Oink! offers delectable hog roasts with pork sourced from Scottish farms. With shops in the Grassmarket and in Canongate, this a meaty option for pork enthusiasts.
Address: 82 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BZ
Tel: +44 (0) 777 196 8233
6. Tuk Tuk
Giving you a taste of India’s colourful street food scene, Tuk Tuk has a vibrant atmosphere and packs a punch with its tapas-style portions. The menu is diverse and full of flavour with new snacks to try. A great place to get adventurous.
Address: 1 Leven St, Edinburgh EH3 9LH
Tel: +44 (0) 131 228 3322
7. Holyrood 9A
A sister restaurant to the Red Squirrel, Holyrood 9A also has gorgeous gourmet burgers on offer, but with an added emphasis on craft beer and guests ales, which are always varied and of the highest quality. Guaranteeing a good pint and a great burger, this is one classy joint.
Address: 9A Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh EH8 8AE
Tel: +44 (0) 131 556 5044
8. Curious Tea Rooms
You’ll feel like you’ve tumbled down the rabbit hole when visiting these Alice-In-Wonderland-inspired tea rooms. The quirky café has three differently decorated rooms, and features include a table on the ceiling! The menu offers over 30 loose-leaf teas and tasty lunch options.
Address: 3 Frederick St, Edinburgh, EH2 2EY
Tel: +44 (0) 131 225 2028
Tea specialists Eteaket have a lot to offer visitors: ethically sourced loose-leaf teas, snacks, cakes, light lunches and the option of a decadent afternoon tea. They also have the added quirk of offering ‘tea cocktails’, a fun twist on a twee tea party.
Address: 41 Frederick St, Edinburgh EH2 1EP
Tel: +44 (0) 131 226 2982
10. Spoon Café
Tucked away on Nicholson Street, this cosy café is a relaxed and welcoming spot for those in need of a break from the bustling city centre. The Spoon Café offers a kitsch interior and a mouth-watering menu that won’t break the bank.
Address: 6A Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9DH
Tel: +44 (0) 131 623 1752