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Fiddler's Arms
  If you're desperate for a traditional pub experience, then look no further than the Fiddler's Arms, conveniently located at the end of Grassmarket. The bar has a generous selection of drinks, while their tempting menu of pub classics is sure to fill your appetite. Pop in for a quiet lunch in between sight-seeing, or get a taste of the local music scene, with free live music every weekend night. 

Address: 9-11 Grassmarket | Telephone: (0131) 229 0327 |

Tanjore may look like your everyday Indian restaurant from the outside, but as any local will tell you, the food here is rather special. Sample their dosas, a South Indian speciality that's basically a thin, savoury crepe stuffed with delicious curry. Vegetarians will love this restaurant, and even meat-lovers will find themselves persuaded by the extremely flavourful dishes. Book ahead, as this place gets full fast.

Address: 6-8 Clerk Street | Telephone: 0131 478 6518 |

Café Modern One
Visitors to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art have more to look forward to than the excellent art collection. This simple café opens out onto a tranquil walled garden where you can consume their delicious salads, soups, and hot meals. Don't forget to grab a sweet treat from their cake counter.

Address: 75 Belford Road Edinburgh | Telephone: 0131 332 8600 |

If you're looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, then look no further than this cosy café. There's always a tantalising array of cakes on offer, from more traditional types like carrot and chocolate, to gluten-free courgette cakes. The café is now extending its menu to include savoury snacks too, so they'll be something here even for those trying to stay off the sugar.

Address: 155 West Port | Telephone: 0131 629 0626 |

Kampong Ah Lee
Don't be fooled by the out-dated décor and faded posters in this secret gem. Try their spicy and creamy curry laksa or their authentic char koay teow (fried beef noodles) to experience the delights of Malaysian cuisine. With these generous dishes mostly at under a tenner, this is a tasty treat you'll be dying to repeat. 

Address: 28 Clerk Street | Telephone: 0131 662 9050 |

Elephant & Bagels
This quirky café with countless drawings of elephants on its walls is easy to miss on the edge of Nicolson Square. But if the number of hungry students in here is anything to go by, their diverse menu of yummy bagels (which includes gluten free options), coupled with the café's friendly and cosy atmosphere have gone down a hit. 

Address: 37 Marshall St, Edinburgh | Telephone: 0131 668 4404 |

Daylight Robbery
All-day US-style diner meets late-night bar, Daylight Robbery serves up hot dogs, burgers and pancakes, but not necessarily as you'd expect. There's a strong emphasis on gluten-free and vegan options, and the dog-friendly, child-welcoming vibe makes for an inclusive atmosphere. Regular pre-club events and chilled-out afternoon sessions seal the deal at this well-appointed all rounder.

Address: 26B Dublin Street | Telephone: 0131 556 5967 |

Affordable Restaurants

Ecco Vino
The atmosphere may be laid back, but this doesn't mean that Ecco Vino takes it food any less seriously. Diners are spoilt by a tantalising menu of fresh fish and meat dishes. Try their catch of the day or moreish mussels, making sure to ask the waiter to recommend the best wine as accompaniment. 

Address: 19 Cockburn Street | Telephone: 0131 225 1441 |

Don't let the relaxed setting at this Italian street food restaurant fool you - Civerinos is serious about its food. Using only the highest quality ingredients means their 14” sourdough pizzas are not only generous, but also taste divine. Make sure you ask for their specials on their drinks menu. Open until late every day.

Address: 5 Hunter Square | Telephone: 0131 220 0851 |

Mussel Inn
Minutes from Edinburgh's bustling Princes Street, the Mussel Inn offers a tasty seafood treat. Opt for their 1 kilo pot of mussels to share for a surprisingly inexpensive dinner, or splurge on their impressive seafood platter. Round the evening off with a selection from their equally mouth-watering dessert menu - the sticky date pudding is a particular delight. Or, if you're in the area during the day, take advantage of the restaurant's impressively good value lunchtime deal. 

Address: 61-65 Rose St, Edinburgh | Telephone: 0843 289 2481 |

Mia Italian Kitchen
Mia have been one of Edinburgh's Italian mainstay restaurants for a few years now, serving up fresh, tasty food from their family-run Dalry restaurant since 2013, and now they've expanded to Morningside. Mia Italian Kitchen opened in summer 2016 and brings their popular and delicious style of Italian pizza, pasta and seafood to a new audience in the Southside.

Address: 394 Morningside Road | Telephone: 0131 629 1019 |

Just off the Royal Mile and close to many popular attractions, Lovage is anything but a touristy hot-spot. Their ethos is “one teaspoon local, one teaspoon European, sprinkled with seasonal Scottish produce” and it's all put together in bright, contemporary surroundings with interesting finishing touches. The autumn menu features many of Scotland's seasonal specialities, like venison with dark chocolate jus, duck with apple and quince puree, or a risotto packed with girolles, ceps and trumpet mushrooms. And the set lunch menu is a steal at £13.95 for two courses.

Address: 38 St Mary's Street | Telephone: 0131 557-5754 |

Good Quality Restaurants

Castle Terrace
Foodie connoisseurs won't want to miss this fine dining experience. Chef Dominic Jack revels in experimenting with flavours, while ensuring every dish is meticulously presented. The ravioli makes for a surprising but tasty starter, followed by the gorgeously tender lamb. And for dessert there's plenty to choose from: try the luxurious caramel soufflé or their original apple cheesecake. 

Address: 33-35 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh | Telephone: 0131 229 1222 |

Chop House
You don't need to wander far from the hustle of the Royal Mile in search of Edinburgh's tastiest steak. But it's not just the meaty main attraction that is the only draw of this cool yet sophisticated establishment. It's almost impossible to choose from their tempting selection of indulgent sides, while their superb wine list could easily steal the show.

Address: Arch 15, East Market Street | Telephone: 0131 629 1919 |

Whiski Rooms
 The regular whisky tastings may be the initial draw at this quietly stylish restaurant, but its traditional Scottish menu is more than a reason to stay for the food. Indulge in their 35-day matured steaks, or try one of the best haggis meals in town, served with their luxurious whisky sauce.

Address: 4-7 North Bank Street, EH1 2LP | Telephone: 0131 225 7224 |

Chop House @ Waverley Arches
The original Chop House in Leith has been a popular choice for steaks since 2014, and they're obviously on to a winner, having now opened a second restaurant in the arches behind Waverley station. The stone arch, dating back to 1875, has been transformed into a contemporary bar and butchery with cracking views of Calton Hill. Steaks of all sizes are the order of the day, of course, but they also do a mean burger, brunch, plenty of seafood - and, perhaps surprisingly, some tasty vegetarian options.

Address: Arch 15, East Market Street | Telephone: 0131 629 1551 |

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