From superb Scottish food cooked to perfection in a converted church, to beer gardens, Mediterranean dishes and a café and bike shop combination; there's a bit of everything to tingle your taste buds in Inverness.
So, if you haven't sampled the eclectic food scene in Inverness yet, here are some quirky restaurants and eateries to get you started.
1. MacGregors Bar
Embracing the very best of Scottish craft brewing and distilling, combined with a fantastic menu of local and seasonal dishes, MacGregor's Bar is one to visit. Mix this in with local culture, traditions, music, history, and more and you are set to have one of the most authentic Highland pub experiences in the world.
2. Velocity Café
Combining three worlds; a vegetarian cafe, a bicycle workshop and range of projects to promote health, wellbeing and sustainability, you don't get quirkier than Velocity Café. This café serves up wholesome vegetarian dishes made from as much local and seasonal produce as possible, homemade cakes and smooth coffee from Papercup Glasgow. Velocity is also a social enterprise café which aims to help the local community.
3. The Mustard Seed
Enjoy the simple cooking and warm, friendly atmosphere of The Mustard Seed, which has become one of Inverness's favourite restaurants. Set on the picturesque banks of River Ness, the restaurant is located in a converted church building, helping to create the wonderful ambience of this quirky little place. The extensive menu featuring delicious Scottish produce will definitely tingle your taste buds.
4. Scotch & Rye
Transport yourself back to 1920's Chicago with the speakeasy vibe of Scotch and Rye. This American-diner-meets-gastropub offers a signature selection of New York and Chicago inspired burgers, hot dogs and home cookin', all accompanied by crisp craft beers and cocktail creations. If you prefer something a little more laid back, it's also the perfect place for a warming coffee, a lazy lunch or even an indulgent Sunday brunch.
5. The Castle Tavern
An award-winning family run pub situated in the heart of the Highland capital, The Castle Tavern is a traditional real ale bar and restaurant offering freshly prepared, wholesome food alongside an extensive array of local ales. Relax outside in the beer garden whilst admiring views of Inverness Castle, River Ness and the city around you - it's a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.
6. The White House
Head to The White House for delicious cocktails and quality food served up in a lovely modern setting. Using only fresh ingredients, and premium spirits and liqueurs, tuck into the impeccable concoctions that are freshly cooked up in-house, as well as some of the classics, of course. Set in the stylish city centre of Inverness, it's the perfect place to relax and enjoy Scottish food and drink.
If you fancy something from further afield, why not try an exotic array of Mediterranean, Turkish and Middle Eastern dishes at Aspendos? Offering an authentic dining experience, tuck into freshly prepared food that brings a little bit of Turkey to the Scottish Highlands. Suitable for all tastes, preferences and requirements, there are dishes at Aspendos to cater for everyone.
8. Oakwood Restaurant at Highland Lassie
Why not hop aboard the Highland Lassie for some tasty grub? This floating hotel also offers a quirky dining experience on the Caledonian Canal in the Oakwood Restaurant. Dine outside or in as you delve into an amazing selection of lunch and dinner dishes. From venison, hand-dived scallops and salmon chowder, to crab and langoustine from Skye, as well as many mouth-watering vegetarian friendly dishes too.
9. Inverness Cathedral Café
Pay a visit to Inverness Cathedral Café whose ethos is to create an atmosphere where people can come for great quality coffee and food that is sourced locally. Volunteers can learn new skills, or revise their skills to enable them to continue to volunteer here or to look for other employed work. Why not take part in the Suspended Coffee programme which allows customers to buy and gift a coffee or hot drink to those in need. Stop by the shop where there is a wide range of Cathedral themed gifts, cards, coasters, magnets, mugs, exclusive tartan scarves and more to buy.
10. Torrish Restaurant at Ness Walk
A recent addition to the Inverness food and drink scene, head to Torrish Restaurant at Ness Walk where you can treat yourself to a spot of luxury. This 5-star luxury hotel nestled on the banks of the River Ness offers up some incredible fine dining in their contemporary restaurant. Cosy in to the roaring fire and admire the magnificent views out to the River Ness, Torrish boasts a relaxed and friendly dining experience with a difference. Or head to the Torrish Bar where there is a wonderful and varied selection of drinks on offer.
Café by day, restaurant by night; Girvans is a quirky spot to visit. Home to a patisserie, restaurant and winery, it's sure to cater to everyone. This friendly, family run restaurant serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner in a modern setting with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
12. Café Artysans
Not only does Café Artysans offer delicious food made with the finest quality of local ingredients, warming home baking and more, all served up in a friendly and professional environment, they also give back and help the community. This social enterprise café gives young people the chance to gain work experience and be part of a busy kitchen team. They also give back every penny they make to improve the life chances of young people in the Highlands. Enjoy a tasty breakfast, lunch or snack whilst helping to give back to the community.
13. White Cottage Tearoom
Head just outside Inverness to North Kessock, where the White Cottage Tearoom awaits you. This quaint little tearoom is perfectly positioned on the waterfront, boasting incredible views and tasty food. Whether you fancy a home cooked breakfast, a freshly prepared lunch made from locally sourced ingredients or a good ol' fish and chips, there's plenty to tuck into. With every fish and chips that the tearoom sells, they donate to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
We hope this has whet your appetite and inspired you to get out and experience Inverness's quirky food and drink scene. Find out more about food and drink in Scotland, or plan your own city break. Share your quirky food experiences with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.