A locals guide to foods you MUST TRY in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Thinking of taking a trip to Edinburgh? From tartan to bagpipes, men prancing around in kilts and unforgettable ceilidhs (a traditional social Scottish dance) It is fair to say the city is full to the brim with culture. With the unforgettable sites, ranging from the historic Edinburgh Castle to the Royal Yacht Britannia, and a stroll down the Royal Mile during the Fringe Festival, it is filled with an endless amount of adventures and sightseeing activities.

If you are heading to Edinburgh, check out out transport guide here!

But what about food? Here is a list of the top 12 foods/drinks you can’t miss in your trip.

  1. First thing has to be: Irn Bru

You can’t come to Scotland without trying our local fizzy drink.

Created in 1901, Scotlands best selling luminous orange fizzy drink and the all time best hangover cure is a must for anybody looking to experience the local cuisine. If you decide to try this fantastic local drink, ensure to avoid the sugar free version, it may be a smarter choice, but it definitely won’t be the tastier one.

2. Fish and chips – with chippy sauce!

What could beat Britains classic meal of chip shop fish and chips? Chippy sauce is the key. Only found in few cities in Scotland, this fantastic sauce is not something to be missed out on. As an alternative to the classic vinegar found in most chip shops, ‘chippy sauce’ is a mix of brown sauce and vinegar. Don’t knock it til you try it! Find yourself a nice chippy – I recommend Eatalia’s, in Brunswick Place, and tell them to not be shy with the sauce – you won’t regret it.

3. Haggis, neeps n tatties

If there’s any food Scotland is known for, it’s haggis. Made up of sheep’s pluck, it is mixed with onion and a variety of spices. Although it doesn’t sound the most appetising, it’s really enjoyable and filled with amazing flavour, and is a traditional Scottish dish served commonly with neeps and tatties (turnips and potatoes). It’s the traditional dish celebrated on Burns night, and it is not something you should miss on your visit.

4. Tablet

So after you’ve munched down on a bag of fish and chips (with plenty of sauce), indulged in a generous plate of haggis neeps and tatties, and washed it all down with a nice refreshing drink of Irn Bru, your sweet tooth is probably craving a delicious treat. So take yourself down to a local store and pick up some Scottish tablet. Made up of condensed milk, butter and sugar, tablet is a crumbly, buttery fudge that will fill any sweet craving. I recommend trying a whisky flavoured piece, if you want to really immerse yourself in traditional Scottish flavours.

5. Deep fried mars bar

Not fully satisfied that sweet tooth? Get yourself back to the chippy to try out a very indulgent chocolatey dessert. Not much more to be said – it’s a mars bar covered in batter and deep fried, and it is delicious.

6. Scottish breakfast

So the next morning I’m sure you will wake up excited about the new food you still have left to try. Take a wander over to a local cafe, and get a full Scottish breakfast. Made up of sausages, fried eggs, hash browns, baked beans, tattie scones, bacon, black pudding, haggis, mushrooms, tomatoes and buttered toast. This delicious combinations of food will without a doubt keep you full for hours.

7. Rock candy

Edinburgh rock candy is a hard sweet with its base made up of sugar, water and cream of tartar. With a multitude of flavours to try from, including Irn Bru, rhubarb and custard, and aniseed, it is a perfect sugary snack to keep you energised whilst walking around the city.

8. Scotch Pie

This Scottish delicacy is popular at football games and sport events. It is a hard crust pie filled with minced mutton meat. It is delicious and flavourful, and perfect to eat on the go. Make sure to stop at a bakery and pick one up to keep you satisfied throughout the day.

9. Tunnocks teacakes and caramel log

Perfect to side with a nice hot drink, tunnocks tea cakes are yummy treats made up of soft marshmallow on a biscuit base, and smothered in chocolate. Caramel logs says it right in the name, thin biscuit wafers stuck together with caramel and smothered in a thin layer of chocolate make for a delicious treat.

10. Shortbread

Shortbread is a must try. It’s a delicious, crumbly, buttery biscuit which is perfect to dunk in a cup of tea. With the first written recipe being found way back in 1736, it’s earned its title as an all time classic. It’s so good it even has a whole day dedicated to it! (January 6th, if you’re planning to celebrate)

11. Edinburgh Gin

Once you’ve found yourself at a local bar or pub, start making your way through the different Edinburgh gin options. Especially the flavoured gin liquors are a sweet and refreshing tasting alcohol, perfectly served with lemonade. I recommend the rhubarb and ginger as my top choice, followed closely by plum and vanilla.

This wouldn’t be a true Scottish food list if I didn’t mention whisky…

12. Whisky

After all the sightseeing and walking up and around the beautiful scenery Edinburgh has to offer, what better than sitting down to a local drink. I recommend going to the Scotch Whisky Experience on the Royal Mile, find a few of your favourites, and then sit down, relax, reflect on the amazing trip you’ve had so far and with excitement for what’s still to come.

Enjoy your trip to Edinburgh, and I hope you are able to discover all the wonderful food and drink the city has to offer.

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