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Edinburgh & The Lothians is a real foodie’s paradise with quality, character and imagination defining its culinary scene. Whether you want to treat yourself to fine dining in one of the city’s four Michelin-star restaurants or enjoy coffee and a cake in the region’s many cafes and tearooms, you won’t be disappointed.

There is also an excellent choice of bars and pubs where you’re guaranteed a warm welcome and great food and drink. From the bustling heart of Scotland’s capital city to cosy rural pubs, there’s plenty of choice to suit all taste and budgets.

Once you’ve been inspired by the delicious flavours on the menu, head along to the regular farmers’ markets, from Edinburgh to Haddington, and pick up fresh local produce direct from the producers, or stop by farm and specialist food shops. There’s always a fantastic selection of everything from seafood and seasonal fruit and vegetables to beef and lamb.

Another great way to improve your culinary skills is by taking a cookery class such as those offered at the Edinburgh School of Food and Wine. Whether you want a class which lasts one day, one week, or an afternoon taster session, there is plenty choice, and what better way to impress your friends and family than by showing off your newly acquired skills?

No visit to Edinburgh & The Lothians is complete without a visit to the area’s drink attractions. Discover how Scotland’s national drink is produced with a tour of a distillery in East Lothian, admire the largest collection of malt whisky in the world, or sample a thirst-quenching craft beer.

Come and experience the true taste of Edinburgh & The Lothians and enjoy an excellent selection of great food and drink.

  • Crowds gather at Edinburgh's farmers' market in Castle Terrace
    Edinburgh's busy farmers' market at Castle Terrace
  • The exterior of the luxury Greywalls Hotel which includes the award-winning Chez Roux restaurant, Gullane, East Lothian
    Greywalls Hotel and Chez Roux restaurant, Gullane, East Lothian
  • Shelves backed full of fresh fruit and vegetables including strawberries and asparagus
    Fresh fruit and vegetables from East Lothian
Enjoying an alfresco lunch at a bistro in Edinburgh

Restaurants and places to eat

Dine out in Edinburgh & The Lothians and enjoy a fantastic choice of eateries including four Michelin-starred restaurants

Ye Olde Golf Tavern

Bars and pubs

Discover the best bars and pubs in Edinburgh & The Lothians and experience the region’s fantastic range of food and drink.

Shelves backed full of fresh fruit and vegetables including strawberries and asparagus

Local produce

Find local producers across Edinburgh & The Lothians who serve fantastic fresh produce from throughout Scotland and beyond

Fresh Produce, North Berwick

Farmers' markets

Pick up delicious food and drink at farmers' markets and farm shops across Edinburgh & The Lothians

The Scotch Whisky Experience

Drink attractions

Discover the fantastic drink attractions in Edinburgh & The Lothains including the Scotch Whisky Experience

The warehouse at Glenkinchie Distillery, Pencaitland, East Lothian


Plan a tour of the distilleries in Edinburgh & The Lothians where you can see the distilling process and sample a dram of whisky or two.

A dish of beef bone marrow gratin, foie gras, crispy beef shin & fillet of beef being prepared at an Edinburgh steak restaurant

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