The Lioness of Leith, with its ridiculously cool décor and roaring vibes, is as hip as they come. The coffee, teas and cocktails epitomise all things divine, whereas the contemporary British and European eats — all conjured up from fresher than fresh seasonal produce — are simply delicious. Arty feels and effortlessly chic surroundings put this wildcat in front of the competition.
The Lioness of Leith, 21-25 Duke St, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 629 0580
Unwavering in appeal and with plenty of banter, Teuchters Landing is the kind of place you instantly want to make your local. Situated at the docks of Leith, this pub is renowned for hosting a sensational array of whiskies and beer. Drenched in history, you can almost hear the old walls gossiping about the days when the pub was once a waiting room for the steamboat ferry from Edinburgh to Aberdeen. The magical beer garden and pontoon add that extra wow factor. Booze wise, they have everything under the sun, along with a lengthy menu to satisfy all types of foodies.
Teuchters Landing, 1c Dock Pl, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 554 7427
Roseleaf, with its unrestrained array of pre-loved furnishings and laissez-faire attitude, is a magnet for folk with a penchant for great times. Catering to one and all, Roseleaf serves up the full works and then some. The loose-leaf teas are just as addictive as the fresh juices, whereas the pints and real ales comfort all who sip them. Those Pot Tails though (cocktails in teapots) — they deserve a standing ovation! From the smashing menu, to a Sunday Roast nothing short of perfection, this garden of Eden is forever in full bloom.
Roseleaf, 23-24 Sandport Pl, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 476 5268
Exquisitely decorated, Nobles is a trusty fail-safe drinking establishment. This Victorian café-bar sports stained-glass windows and lots of comfy seats suited for nattering the day away. The food is faultless and the drinks just keep on coming, complimenting the convivial vibes. Elegant and airy, everything about this place makes it worth frequenting.
Nobles, 44a Constitution St, Edinburgh, Scotland, +44 131 629 7215