Head to Tollcross for Delicious Food at Nice Low Prices

Situated south west of the center of the city of Edinburgh, Tollcross is a bustling residential area which nestles around the junction between Brougham Street (which leads to the Meadows), Earl Grey Street (an extension of Lothian Road), Home Street (which leads south to the affluent residential area of Bruntsfield) and West Tollcross. It was not until 1901 that the familiar landmark of the ironwork pillar clock was added to the junction. During the nineteenth century industry flourished in Tollcross due to its proximity to the Union Canal, but now the breweries and factories have been replaced by pubs, restaurants and clubs.

The Victorian tenements which are typical of the area are very popular with students in part because both Edinburgh University and Napier University are close by, but also because there are a good number of reasonably priced bars and restaurants to choose from. Tapas is a good choice if you are looking for a reasonably priced meal, and Indaba serves some deliciously moreish dishes. Alternatively, you could enjoy a great pub meal at the Red Squirrel. For a lighter bite there are many good cafes to choose from, but the Treehouse is among the best. Whatever you crave, Tollcross is a great place to eat without falling foul of your bank manager!

Henrick's Bar


This is a comfortable and friendly wee bar and bistro that's close to the King's Theatre as you head out of Tollcross towards Bruntsfield. It serves a great range of drinks and the seasonal menu offers classic pub grub and contemporary meals...  Read More



This bastion of south Indian cuisine can be found in Tollcross near The Meadows. The exterior and the decor inside are nothing special but you'll be pleased by the warm welcome and the delicious dishes. The menu has the standard favorites you'd...  Read More



El Quijote is a charming and authentic tapas bar with loads of charisma. The menu largely features Andalusian specialties rather than the tired combination of tortilla, paella and patatas bravas served up by other tapas restaurants (although...  Read More



Taquito is dedicated to serving delicious, no frills, Mexican street food. What this means in practice is a short and to the point menu of tacos, quesadillas, burritos, fajitas or nachos with hearty cuts of beef steak, succulent chicken, rich...  Read More



Frizzante is the most recent venture of the charismatic and accomplished Don Pasquale and his son jonathan. Don Pasquale has been serving delicious Italian food to Edinburgh patrons for many years, and his son has clearly inherited his...  Read More



Tuk Tuk Indian Street Food is a welcome new addition to Edinburgh which brings with it an exuberant love of Indian street food and a kitsch sense of humor. The décor is bright and vibrant with retro Bollywood posters, garishly colored chairs,...  Read More



Bread Meats Bread is a speciality burger restaurant with two branches in Glasgow and one in Edinburgh. Forget the flaccid offerings of the big name burger chains, the food on offer here is crafted from fresh local ingredients, and served in very...  Read More

The Treehouse
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With its shabby chic and eco-friendly retro decor and great location (on the corner of the Meadows at Tollcross), The Treehouse is a great place to watch the world go by as you enjoy a relaxed breakfast or brunch. The menu boasts many of the...  Read More



Indaba offers an unusual blend of classic Spanish tapas dishes with South American and South African dishes and a few Scottish favorites. Although this combination sounds unusual, in practice it is rather refreshing. The traditional tapas dishes...  Read More



Owned by a group that runs several Edinburgh pubs, the Red Squirrel is at the bottom end of Lothian Road and it combines a well-stocked bar with cheap, tasty pub grub. You'll find standard Scottish options on tap alongside some more exotic...  Read More


Meet Simon Hill

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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