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Edinburgh - Eating & Drinking

Options for eating and drinking during your stay in Edinburgh are second to none.  The city is said to have the largest number of restaurants per head of population in the UK. Here's our selection of the top ten venues to eat and drink in Edinburgh ranging from cosy pubs and trendy bars to fabulous restaurants.

Valvona and Crolla Vin Caffe
A little slice of Italy tucked away in the heart of Leith. Scotland's oldest delicatessen has been dishing up handpicked selection of food and wines from around the world since 1934. Tastings and cookery demonstrations take place throughout the year.

David Bann Restaurant
Think eating veggie means nut loaf or cheese quiche? Book a table at David Bann Restaurant, just off the Royal Mile, and take a gastronomical tour of the world's most imaginative vegetarian dishes. Exquisite presentation, outstanding service.

Get a taste of Scotland's larder. There are four Howies in Edinburgh, but each chef sets their own menu, so there's no 'chain' feel to the restaurants. The food is locally sourced, the service exceptionally friendly and the prices won't leave a bad taste in your mouth.

King's Wark
Friendly atmosphere, fine menu and a fantastic selection of cask ales and malt whiskies. The pub is housed in one of the oldest buildings in Leith, with rough-stone walls and rustic wooden floorboards keeping it cosy. The perfect place to try some of the best pub grub Edinburgh has to offer.

Like to know where your food comes from? Iglu's ethical eating philosophy has won them more than a few awards since opening a few years back. The tempting menu consists of wild, organic and seasonal dishes with a contemporary Scottish twist.

Herbie of Edinburgh
From the perfect pate to the best home-baked bread, you can take a bite before you buy at Herbie. This food and wine emporium includes a delicatessen, coffee shop and fully-operational kitchen, spread over three establishments.

Glass & Thompson
Make time for coffee in this New Town institution. Pick over a platter of fine meats and cheeses, or get a sugar-boost sampling the tempting array of delicious cakes and pastries.

Fishers in the City
If you're a fan of all things fishy, this ever-popular bistro's a prize catch. Fishers specialise in seafood and game, with a succulent variety of fish and shellfish on offer daily. The well-selected wine list is impressive too.

99 Hanover Street
Fun, funky and oh so cool. A great place to hang out, chill out, have a few cocktails and get to know the locals. The food's pretty good too.