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Don’t-Miss Dishes in Edinburgh

Don’t-Miss Dishes in Edinburgh

Elegant Edinburgh is known as Scotland’s dining capital, which means delicious bites—from ultrahearty breakfasts to perfectly fresh seafood—are always close at hand. Venture on a tasting tour to try local delicacies (and don’t forget to stop by one of the city’s whisky bars for a wee dram afterwards). Here’s what to seek out.

Haggis

Though it is Scotland’s national dish, haggis may also be the country’s most misunderstood fare. Made with sheep offal, as well as oats, onion, and spices—and historically cooked inside a sheep’s stomach, though nowadays most casings are synthetic—haggis sounds far more intimidating than it is. In reality, this savory pudding is akin to a nutmeg-perfumed, crumbly sausage and is served at many of Edinburgh’s traditional restaurants.

Neeps and Tatties

Neeps and tatties—or turnips and potatoes—are a traditional accompaniment to haggis, though they’re also frequently paired with sausages, venison steaks, and game birds. They can be mashed together or cooked separately; either way, they’re usually mixed with impressive quantities of butter and cream. 

Tablet

Fancy a postdinner treat? Nibble on a square of Scottish tablet. A cousin to fudge and similar in flavor to butterscotch, tablet is made by boiling sugar, condensed milk, and butter together before leaving it to set. If your sweet tooth still isn’t satisfied, deep-fried Mars Bars, available at most casual “chippies” (fish-and-chip shops), are another Edinburgh must-try.

Scotch Pie

In Scotland, savory pies are all the rage—and the classic Scotch Pie makes ideal comfort-food eating on cold and blustery days. A tender, double-crust pie filled with spiced lamb or mutton, Scotch pies can be found at Edinburgh’s butchers and pie shops.

Full Scottish Breakfast

Whether you’ve worked up an appetite from a busy sightseeing schedule or overindulged in  local whisky the previous night, a full Scottish breakfast is a restorative way to begin your day. You can expect a plate laden with eggs, toast, black pudding, bacon, sausages, baked beans, a tattie scone (potato scone), and a grilled tomato (plus other optional add-ons)—with tea on the side, naturally.

Langoustines

From shellfish to salmon, Scotland is known for its exceptional seafood—and langoustines are the jewel of Scottish waters. Also known as Norway lobsters, langoustines are somewhere between a shrimp and a lobster in size, and their ultrasweet flavor makes them an irresistible staple at local seafood restaurants.

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3-Hour Secret Food Tour in Edinburgh w/ Private Tour Option

3-Hour Secret Food Tour in Edinburgh w/ Private Tour Option

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Scotland is renowned for its unique cuisine, but Edinburgh’s foodie hotspots are best explored with a local guide. On this small-group walking tour, discover the UNESCO-listed Old and New Towns, and sample Scottish classics such as Haggis, Neeps and Tatties, Scotch whisky, and afternoon tea.
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  • 3 hours
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Edinburgh Food Tour with a Local Foodie: Custom & Private ★★★★★

Edinburgh Food Tour with a Local Foodie: Custom & Private ★★★★★

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Taste your way through Edinburgh on a private food and walking tour that can be fully customized to your preferences. In addition to navigating, your guide brings you to joints loved by locals and hidden gems often missed by visitors, from pubs to bakeries. The tour includes over 6 food tastings, which may include smoked Scottish salmon, haggis, neeps and tatties, and Scotch pies.
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  • 3 hours
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$178.90
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Edinburgh Food Safari - we do the hunting, you do the eating

Edinburgh Food Safari - we do the hunting, you do the eating

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Explore UNESCO–listed Edinburgh through the city’s diverse and tasty cuisine on this food-lover’s walking and tasting tour. Follow your guide through central Edinburgh, and discover the best places to savor treats like scones fresh from the oven. Meet makers such as butchers, fishmongers, and more, and find out for yourself what makes their fresh produce so special. Along the way, taste locally made beer, cheeses, haggis, and whiskey.
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  • 2 hours
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$81.32
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Edinburgh Food & Drink Private Tour
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Edinburgh Food & Drink Private Tour

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Get a taste of Edinburgh on this guided tasting tour. Try locally sourced dishes and drinks beyond the Royal Mile. Along the way, learn about the history of the area. Plus get recommendations on places such as bars, restaurants, museums, and galleries to go following the tour. Listen with an audio headset so you can walk at your own pace.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$149.08
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