Edinburgh certainly has a reputation for being not the cheapest of cities when it comes to finding a place to eat. However, there are budget options where you can save some money to spend on a pint in one of your favourite pubs afterwards.Let’s confine the term “cheap” to a substantial meal or snack including a drink for less than a tenner.
The following places are by no means the only ones, but they definitely passed the test. Please feel free to leave a comment to tell me where I missed out or if you can recommend a different place that didn’t make it onto this list!
So let’s get started:
Located on charming Victoria Street, it’s easily recognized by a whole roasted hog in the window. The pig is salted and tray-roasted in order to stay juicy before being shredded and served on bread roll, including its onion and sage stuffing. You can choose between chilli or apple sauce. It’s a small place with limited seating, but it works perfect for a takeaway. The pork roll is roughly a fiver.
Location: 34 Victoria Street
2. Mosque Kitchen
This is the place to get a cheap and wholesome curry. It’s not flashy at all: you eat outdoors under plastic canopies, sit on trestle tables and eat your food with plastic cutlery from paper plates. Food in general is solid, but there is a special recommendation for the lentil tarka daal.
It’s open from noon till 8 pm, but closes from 1 pm – 1.45 pm on a Friday. It is hidden from the main entrance of Potterow, but walk past the mosque and turn right and there is your chance to grab a meal from £3.00.
Location: 50 Potterrow
3. Urban AngelThis is a trendy take-away café located in the New Town. Not only do they commit to local, organic, free-range, fairly traded and seasonal ingredients, their food tastes great as well! Apart from sandwiches, stews or salad they also serve late breakfasts and brunch, they have a daily special and many vegetarian dishes – try the vegetarian haggis! Brunch dishes start from £3.50, mains from £6.90 for fresh, tasty and organic food – you can’t go wrong at this place!
Location: 121 Hanover Street
4. Peter’s Yard
Located in the new Quartermile off the Middle Meadow Walk, this is a Swedish bakery and coffee shop and definitely a number one recommendation if you have a sweet tooth. Their bread, pastries and cookies are delicious, they serve arguably the best coffee in town, and their sandwiches are highly recommended, too! Maybe a bit pricier than other places, but still in the “cheap” range and quality-wise top notch. Cakes start at £1.90, sandwiches at £3.90.
Location: Quartermile, 27 Simpson Loan
5. La Favorite Wagon
If you are into pizza, try this one. Good quality ingredients, big pizzas made on a wood fired oven, crisp and thin pizza bases: This is probably the best place for Italian pizza in Edinburgh. Check out the “Favorita” with capers, prawns, salmon and even a little caviar! They serve pasta, risotto and fish and substantial starters. Don’t forget about the cheeseboard! And if you are busy during the festival and can’t make it to Leith Walk, they will come to Bristo Square in their mobile La Favorita pizza wagon, complete with a wood-fired oven. Pizzas start at £6 (slice is £2), and a 14’’ is £10.
Location: 325-331 Leith Walk
Now it’s your turn: What are your favourite places to eat in Edinburgh when you are short of money?