August is now well and truly here – but whilst we’re all rushing about going to see comedy stars, up and coming cabaret, circus performances and classical concerts we’re also getting really hungry. How can we eat all that food that we so dearly want without breaking the bank? Here’re 9 of our favourite places in town that you can get a reasonably priced meal without hitting up big chains.
1. Ting Thai Caravan
Looking for a little spice in your life? Located near the top of Middle Meadow Walk and across from McEwan Hall, Caravan (as it’s known) is a great place to grab some reasonably priced Thai street food – you can read our full review here. If it’s sunny get it to go and head to the Meadows.
2. The French Connection Creperie
Down in the Grassmarket or the top of the Cowgate then look out for the crepe van. These delicious spots of sweet or savouriness will stop stomachs rumbling and can be got between shows.
Overdone it last night and need a breakfast option? There are two versions of Snax cafe (one by St Andrew Square, the other near the edge of the Meadows) and they are your hangover’s best friend. Big breakfasts featuring many fried things or take away rolls – need we say more?
4. Union of Genius
If you’re looking for a healthier lunch option, then make your way to Forest Road (or their van in George Square) for some delicious, home made, fresh soup. Options change daily but are always delicious! Read more about them in our interview!
5. Burger Meats Bun
One of our favourite places in the city for a burger, Burger Meats Bun is just off Broughton Street so perfect for all East End shows and walks up Calton Hill. They have better versions of all your standard burgers plus specials. These are burgers you’ll remember. Read our full review.
6. Jones & Son – Boxsmall Market
On the burger theme, Jones & Son do a mean bacon cheese burger. Located in the market on top of Princes Mall, you’ll find coffee, ice cream and other treats in this market too (but the burgers are definitely the best part).
7. Mosque Kitchen
Looking for something filling but affordable for dinner? Mosque Kitchen, just beside the Central Mosque, offer a delicious range of curries that won’t break the bank.
8. Bar Napoli
This place is busy, loud and just what you need from an Italian restaurant. Located on Hanover Street, this is a really popular venue for both larger parties and small groups, the food is hearty but reasonably priced and the wine flows very well.
9. Tail End
If you’re visiting for the festival it seems bad not to include at least one option for fish and chips. There are few places in Edinburgh that do it well, but the best take away is probably Tail End on Leith Walk. Don’t just take our word for it though, look at their windows and see all the awards they’ve won!
Regardless of where you find yourself in the city during the festival, when hungry strikes there’s no reason to break the bank or eat in a chain unless you really want to. Try out what the local businesses are offering and you’ll have a much better dinner!
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