Seek Out Edinburgh's Best Restaurants a Short Walk from the City Center

The center of Edinburgh is blessed with many very good restaurants, and competition is fierce. However, anyone heading a little out of the center towards Haymarket and Dalry would find a smattering of takeaways, chip shops and cafes only interrupted by the odd little gem. The regeneration of Haymarket station and the gentrification of the residential area of Dalry has changed all of that.

You will still find traditional bars, takeaways and some great chippies, but now they sit cheek by jowl with upscale Italian and Indian restaurants and fine dining Scottish and European establishments. In fact for those in the know, many of the city’s best eateries can be found in this rather unassuming location.

Just round the corner from the train station you can enjoy the very best in modern Scottish cuisine in the wonderfully relaxed Atelier. This chic restaurant is the equal of any of the city center’s best, but manages to retain a laconic and charming ambiance not often found in such a fine dining establishment.

Head further out into the tenement flats of Dalry and you will find one of the city’s best Italian restaurants, the delightful Locanda De Gusti. Traditional, welcoming and disarmingly simple, their menu is a true homage to Neopolitan cuisine which has won many admirers.

You may have to look a little harder to find the best that Haymarket and Dalry have to offer – but never fear, we are here to help!



Ola Kala is a Greek takeaway restaurant with a small dining area located on Morison Street, in the West End of the city. Diminutive in size, and with only a few tables, this takeaway restaurant is nevertheless bustling and the aromas that greet...  Read More



The Khukuri is a delightful Nepalese Restaurant situated close to Haymarket Station in West Maitland Street. Inside the restaurant is beautifully and tastefully decorated, and your welcome could not be warmer. Khukuri blends fresh local produce...  Read More



The Indian Cavalry Club has long been a feature of the Edinburgh dining scene. The ambience is upscale and traditional without being stuffy. The décor is evocative of British India during the Victorian years and waiting staff are impeccably...  Read More



Sushiya is a small, but perfectly formed sushi restaurant which brings a little slice of Tokyo to Edinburgh. The decor is minimalist and stylish, as are the bowls and plates, with the flourish provided by the intricately prepared dishes and...  Read More

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Situated only a stone's throw from Haymarket Station, La Bruschetta has been serving classic Italian dishes to an enthusiastic public since 2002. The winning combination of an unfussy traditional approach and fresh local produce has made Chef...  Read More



Great food, great staff, and a great atmosphere really make First Coast stand out in the Haymarket area. There aren't a lot of great places to eat as you go further West in Edinburgh so this restaurant is well worth seeking out. They're open for...  Read More



B&D's Kitchen is a real treat for lovers of Cantonese and Chinese food. Hiding behind an unassuming shop front on Dalry Road, the simple decor and unfussy approach is a refreshing change from the ornate and rather kitsch style adopted by many...  Read More



Ignite is a stylish North Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant situated close to Haymarket Station on Morrison Street. The interior is chic but also comfortable with rich burnt orange walls and beautiful Moroccan style lamps. The menu is...  Read More



Locanda De Gusti is a warm and friendly Italian restaurant on Dalry Road, in the west end of Edinburgh. The chef and owner Rosario Sartore made his mark on the Edinburgh food scene over a decade ago with the popular La Partenope. Locanda De...  Read More



The Atelier is a stylish yet relaxed European – Scottish restaurant located close to Haymarket station in the heart of the West End of Edinburgh. Chef Maciek has earned quite a reputation for producing bold and unusual flavor combinations to...  Read More


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Simon has lived in various corners of Edinburgh over the last 18 years. He fell in love with the city as a small child after visiting the castle and returned to study Scottish History.

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