The Best Restaurants To Try On Leith Walk, Edinburgh

Vegan Platter | Courtesy Of Leith Depot
Vegan Platter | Courtesy Of Leith Depot
Photo of Tori Chalmers
9 February 2017

Whether you’re a traveller or local, know that Leith Walk is a magnet for brilliant eateries. After all, it is one of the longest streets in Edinburgh. From innovative menus and bite-size tapas to more-ish vegan alternatives, here are five must-try Leith Walk restaurants, perfect for a culinary pick-me-up.

Leith Depot

Pub, Seafood, Pub Grub, Healthy, British, $$$
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The kind of place that you selfishly and surreptitiously want to keep to yourself, Leith Depot is an undeniable star of Leith Walk. This charming bar also happens to have fantastic food and exceptional drinks, all at desirable prices. The unpretentious atmosphere and hip décor only adds to the magic that it exudes. From fresh local produce and meticulous attention to detail to perfect snacks, the nutritionally-pleasing menu caters to pescatarians and veggies alike. Meat-eaters need not worry, as there is always a mouth-watering option. Drink wise, Leith Depot is a treasure trove of countless bottled craft beers, wines, draughts, artisan coffee and tea.

Serrano & Manchego

Bar, Restaurant, Tapas, $$$
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Serrano & Manchego Tapas
Serrano & Manchego Tapas | Courtesy Of Dan Hariga
Serrano & Manchego are master purveyors of that addictive and ineffable quintessential tapas experience. With each tiny bite comes a sensational burst with flavour, which no doubt is thanks to every ingredient being sourced from the finest Spanish artisan producers. Simple yet transformative, the vibe is one of chilled cheer and the selection of Sherries, wines and Spanish liquors is second to none. The charcuterie meat, which comes from ethically raised Iberian pigs, is exquisitely salted and perfectly air-dried. From miniature to mighty, eat as much or as little as desired and prepare to be a happy camper.

Woodland Creatures

Pub, Pub Grub, Vegan, $$$
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Don’t let the name deter. Woodland Creatures is a banter-filled den of scrumptiousness. The multifarious menu sports twists of extra flavour and ingenuity, whereas the booze options include a diverse range of bottled beers and ciders. The string of live bands, secret garden and tasty vegan choices make this bar-café a canine-friendly triple threat. At the end of the day, these delightful creatures go above and beyond to make everything the epitome of perfect.


Restaurant, Mexican, Contemporary, Street Food, Gluten-free, $$$
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Bodega | Courtesy Of Bodega

It may be snug but don’t let this compact eatery fool you — it happens to be a flavour revolution. Who knew that gluten-free corn tortillas could be so addictive? Bodega is a delightful taqueria with a passion for flavoursome street-style tacos. A true Culture Tripper foodie fantasy, the eats are a beautiful fusion of Californian, Korean, Japanese, Jamaican and even Scottish cuisines, to name a few. The innovative ever-changing menu, myriad of enticing specials, punchy hot flavours, fresh ingredients and killer guac, make it hard to beat. All in all, way ahead of the culinary game and just what Leith Walk was craving.

Bar Brig

Pub, Contemporary, Pub Grub, $$$
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Gourmet Burger
Gourmet Burger | ©Pixabay

A diamond in the rough, Bar Brig is unwavering in its appeal. Menu wise, these guys have nailed it with a stunning selection of burgers, salads, nachos and desserts, the pièce de résistance being the sumptuous sizzling cook-your-own steak on lava stones. Mix it with the heavenly fancy cocktails — you can’t possibly go wrong. The industrial chic furnishings, cosy cubbyholes and wonderful array of exposed wood only add that extra sprinkling of pizzazz.

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