Even if you’re a breakfast or lunch person, there’s no denying the gratification that ensues when indulging in a late night feast, especially when in Scotland — that’s the best part of a night out! Edinburgh, being a culinary pleasure palace, caters to the night owl foodies who prefer to eat rather than sleep. Here we profile the best spots in town for those all too familiar moments when unexpected cravings set in.
A one-stop shop for contemporary Italian street food, Civerinos is categorically a foodie paradise. Open late until 1am every day of the week, this smashing eatery plays to your deepest foodie desires with simple yet transformative dishes like a big bowl of fries, antipasti, caprese and of course, pizza for days on end — think quattro formaggi, burrata, cheese steak, hot hot sausage and vesuvio calzone. Plenty of benches invite groups of pals to indulge away while atmospheric hanging lights, purple party lighting, exposed brickwork and hip arty accents add that extra touch of pizzazz.
A legendary culinary landmark, Kebab Mahal is as good as it gets. Open late come rain or shine, this no-frills diner takeaway plays hosts to shish kebab a plenty and tandoori worth tasting. This halal Indian eatery also makes a mean curry, so much so that they won the Scottish Curry Awards in 2009. One bite and you’re hooked.
Overflowing with a fusion of Italian and Scottish charm, Giuliano’s is open until 1am every day of the week. Located next to all the excitement opposite The Playhouse, this foodie epicentre is famed for its authentic Italian nosh and party atmosphere. The extensive menu lends itself to even the pickiest of eaters, with the antipasti and pasta dishes stealing the spotlight. Those with a sweet tooth will drool over the dessert menu, especially the tiramisu and profiteroles with ice cream. Bellissimo!
Say no to late night hunger pangs and make way for Cafe Piccante. This charming takeaway is a foodie mecca with its tasty fish and chips, pizzas, burgers and other deep-fried dishes of wonder. Open until 1am on weekdays and 2am on weekends, Cafe Piccante caters to all your culinary needs, whether it’s a midnight snack of a deep-fried Mars Bar or chicken kebab. The fact that they deliver only adds to the excitement!
For many in Edinburgh, the best part of a night out is the mandatory culinary pilgrimage to Bar Napoli. Strategically placed next to all the clubs and drinking dens on George Street, Bar Naps is a buzzing traditional trattoria bursting with banter and pizzas galore. Whether calzone or margherita, the pizza is embellished with imported authentic Italian mozzarella and a special signature blend of oregano, basil, chopped tomatoes and a smidgen of garlic. Worth visiting if only for the banter and cheese feast!
A Room In Leith
Like its name, A Room In Leith is simple and straight to the point — good food, great drinks and a cracking atmosphere, all in Leith! This Scottish style restaurant happens to go hand in hand with the bouncing bar Teuchters Landing. The menu, which includes splendid seafood options, is impressive and every dish cooked to perfection using the finest local ingredients.
Nobles, a family run eating institution and prime pick, has been kicking around since 1896 — yes, they know what they’re doing! A slew of stained glass and wood paneling make up the classy surrounds of this Victorian café bar and restaurant. Menu wise, they cater to one and all, with the majority of dishes being available gluten free. From Cullen Kkink and fillet of hake with crispy kale to good old steak and chips, you just can’t go wrong.
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