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Edinburgh Fringe on a budget: 9 great places to eat

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With the Fringe around the corner, as a proud Edinburgh resident this is a great opportunity to share with you all my 9 favourite budget places to eat in Edinburgh.

Warning: These are my personal recommendations. Known only to locals like myself, they may not even appear in Tripadvisor listings.

All of the restaurants mentioned here are situated around the main fringe hotspots and should be easy to find.

As always the BudgetTraveller welcomes your comments and suggestions below.

Buon Appetito! 


1.) Mosque Kitchen

50 Potterrow


Situated in the humble environs of Nicholson Square right slap bang in the hub of festive proceedings is the new Mosque Kitchen Restaurant. If you want lip smacking, wholesome & authentic South East Asian cuisine- then this is a pukka choice. I recommend the saag aloo and yellow tarka dahl with rice, while meat lovers can tuck into the lamb curry or nibble away at the juicy tender sheikh kebabs.

One word of warning –don’t come here for great ambience or great service. This is a busy and unfussy diner where the focus is on the food.

The evening buffet is just £10-this is great value for money and an authentic Edinburgh dining experience not to be missed.


2.) The Dogs

110 Hanover Street

The Dogs, Edinburgh © easylocum


The Dogs is a gastropub that serves high quality food in a very unfussy, informal relaxed environment. The food is a choice between classic gastropub favourites like fish & chips but with mushy peas plus new classics like chicken curry pie with chips –straightforward, no nonsense good mood food. Lunch prices are excellent value around the £5 mark for mains and £4 for desserts-The Dogs is a great value choice for lunch or the evening.


3.) Monster Mash

4a Forrest Road


Monster Mash is still a firm favourite with locals and fringe goers alike with its uber chic retro trend of classic British posh nosh but at a fraction of the cost. The food is not on par but far superior to many gastropub dining options , serving classics like Bangers & Mash, Steak Pie & Chips stand shoulder to shoulder with more native treats like the Macsween Haggis ( Veg options too) , Neeps & Tatties. Portions are great. Special mention must go to their excellent, free range choice of sausages – a must for any time you are dropping by for breakkie here. With mains in the range of the £5-£7 this is another monster option not to be missed on your budget foodie trails in the city.


Le Sept, Edinburgh © jacksonpe , Flickr


4.) Le Sept

5 Hunter Square

This is another personal favourite in a great location- Hunter Square just off the Royal Mile.

Food is freshly prepared , service – brisk and attentive. Their 3 course lunch special at £8 for one course, £10 for 2 and £12.00 for all 3 courses is great value for money. Also their evening menu offer-2 courses for £16 is brilliant.

Menu changes everyday but when I recently visited recently for starters they offered me garlic bread with cheese and smoked salmon with potato salad. Both were very good especially the salmon. Their lamb, potatoes and veg for mains is excellent as well as their sirloin steak or you can have moules frites-yum.  For dessert, I recommend the chocolate & cointreau terrine-yum. Definitely one of the best French restaurants in Edinburgh.


5.) Tapa 

19 Shore Place, Leith & 97 Hanover Street

Tapa is my favourite Spanish Tapas diner in Edinburgh with two outlets -one in Leith and a second outlet on Hanover Street.

I often nip in at lunchtime to take advantage of their popular Tapas for 2 offer for £10 (from 12 till 5pm) where you can enjoy a selection of 5 tapas dishes including house specialities like thin slices of cripsy Aubergine dipped in honey- delicious food and superb value this is probably the best budget diner in Edinburgh : must visit on any trip to the city.


6.) Bene’s Fish and Chips

162 Canongate


There’s few places I would recommend to a stranger but Bene’s would be one of the first to roll off my lips. Situated in the quieter end of the Royal Mile (Canongate) just before the Scottish Parliament/ Holyrood Palace, Bene’s offers you freshly made pizzas, calzones, fish + chips (best in town) and sausage suppers, quality is amazing and the prices are fantastic for this part of town. Fish Supper comes in at a snip at just £6.20 Also if you’re brave you can sample that famous Scottish speciality- the deep fried haggis bar  here. Great service with a smile- definitely one to visit on your travels to Edinburgh.


7.) Red Box Noodle Bar

51 West Nicolson Street

A new entrant on the Edinburgh Food scene, I have been hearing some rave reviews of the Red Box and with prices of just £5 for a noodle box, no wonder this is becoming a fast food favourite with Edinburgh Diners. Noodle Box allows you to mix your choice of noodles with a selection of meats, seafood, then add your asian veggies plus a choice of 8 or 9 sauces


8.) Tempting Tattie

18 Jeffrey Street

Tempting Tattie


If you are rambling down the Mile and suddenly you get the delectable waft of potatoes –follow the scent which hopefully will lead you to the Tempting Tattie on Jeffrey Street.

Potatoes are baked-warm and crispy plus you get a nice choice of fillings ranging from the humble baked bean, tuna or Greek salad to the native Haggis or just be old fashioned like me and have it with some warm butter and black pepper-delicious! With prices just from around the £4 mark this is a great local treat at a very tempting price.


9.) Bar Napoli

75 Hanover Street


This basement restaurant on Hanover Street is a little slice of Napoli-red checkered table cloths, tables crammed in every conceivable corner, brisk no nonsense table service , affordable prices, huge menu and after pub opening hours makes this a perennial favourite for me. I am big fan of their 3 course lunch menu which for £5.95 is great value. Location is ace too, in close proximity to Princes Street.


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