Top 10 cheap Restaurants in Edinburgh

Never fear, Edinburgh has plenty of affordable dining options to keep both your wallet and your tummy happy, many of which we covered in our original cheap eats guide.

Whether you’re looking for a cheap breakfast, a low-cost lunch or a budget dinner, here are 10 more of the best cheap eats in Edinburgh.

1. MUMs 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 Road
Tel: +44 (0) 131 260 9806
Web: www.monstermashcafe.co.uk

2. 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, UK 
Tel: +44 (0) 131 220 5355
Web: www.elephanthouse.biz

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 have a take-away shop on the Royal Mile.
Address: 63 Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6RA, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 131 556 6632
Web: www.mimisbakehouse.com

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, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 131 229 9933
Web: www.redsquirreledinburgh.co.uk

5. Oink

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: 34 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW, UK and 82 Canongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8BZ, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 777 196 8233
Web: www.oinkhogroast.co.uk

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, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 131 228 3322
Web: www.tuktukonline.com

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, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 131 556 5044
Web: www.theholyrood.co.uk

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, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 131 225 2028
Web: curioustearooms.com 

9. Eteaket

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, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 131 226 2982
Web: www.eteaket.co.uk

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 Nicholson St, Edinburgh, EH8 9DH, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 131 623 1752
Web: www.spoonedinburgh.co.uk