Good Cheap Eats
- Ting Thai Caravan. Really amazing Thai food, that tastes far fresher and more authentic than some of its competitors. Great lunch near uni campus for under a tenner although downside is they only take cash so plan ahead.
- Chez Jules. Cute French restaurant in New Town. Very rustic and great value for money- always generous with free salad and charcuterie. (Lunch menu especially is such a bargain)
- Nile Valley Wrap (sells a variety of customisable falafel wraps, all under £4.50, best wrap ever and really filling)
- Pizza Posto (genuinely the best Pizza I’ve ever had, and just opposite Old College, although highly recommend the Basil Sauce from Dough, a rival pizzeria on the other end of Nicholson street)
- BRGR (My friends laughed at me when I said I was including this but if you’re hungover a burger for 3 quid does the job. (Much superior to Maccies and don’t have to trek to Princes Street)
Splashy Evening Meals
- Dishoom (This small chain of Indian restaurants is amazing, its perfect for if you want to treat yourself or if your parents are in town)
- El Cartel. There’s one by Potterow and one in New Town. Both intimate restaurants with a small menu including tacos and ceviche. All intended as sharing dishes so great for birthday dinners and dates.
- The Caves (Expensive tickets but worth it!)
- Cab Vol (Very sweaty but normally good nights here)
- La Belle
- Liquid Rooms (Huge venue all in one room, really good for more manic high energy nights and gigs)
- Mash House (divisive- personally I think nights here always take a weird turn and when in the smoking area (which is shared with La Belle) I nearly always wish I was at La Belle)
- Bongos (again, not my personal fave but others disagree. Top marks for the smoking area though)
Pubs (all in close proximity to uni)
- Brass Monkey (Unique bar with a Film theme. Instead of tables and chairs drinks are served on leather beds which I found fun the first few times, and increasingly irksome from then on but definitely worth a visit. They also do movie screenings which are meant to be jokes.)
- 32 Below (Good alternative to Southsider when its busy, and much cheaper than the neighbouring Pear Tree, this bar offers Beer Pong and a relaxed underground vibe)
- Dog House (Bizarre but charming décor, this was one of my favourite bars within close proximity to my first year halls. 3 quid gin and tonics and cocktails for 6 quid for when I felt splashy.
- Southsider (CHEAP but normally packed)
- Pear Tree (great for when a game is on as the outside seating is huge, however wrap up WARM otherwise you’ll find yourself resentful of having spent a fiver on a pint and with rapidly numbing fingers)
- Cold Town House (right next to Edinburgh castle serves beer and pizza, well worth sitting up on the roof terrace with a blanket and a pint)