The Best Places for Lunch in Leith

I’ve been working in Leith for almost a year now and have got to know the area pretty well… for food, that is! Whether it’s nipping out for a quick bite or enjoying a team lunch, there’s no shortage of options around the Shore. So, if you’re looking for places to eat in Leith when lunchtime calls, here are some of my favourite spots.

Takeaway

Bad Tempered Baker

Three words: twice baked potatoes. Seriously. Don’t ask me how they do it, but they are incredible. This family-run bakery is the perfect place for something delicious, from salad boxes to paninis and toasties. They also have a great selection of freshly made cakes and goodies every day, if you fancy treating yourself. You can choose to sit-in here if you prefer, but it’s pretty small with a constant stream of people in the door – a sure sign of how good it is!

Shore Avocado

A firm favourite in my office (coincidentally right across the street), Shore Avocado is a reliable little deli that offers a range of tasty and healthy lunch options. But, there’s also no shortage of carbs like baked potatoes and pasta dishes, as well as toasted wraps and filled baguettes. Cheap, cheerful and convenient.

Rocksalt

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If you’re looking for a slice of traybake the size of your face, then look no further than Rocksalt – yes, that is an acceptable lunch! They have an impressive selection of delicious cakes every day, as well as a huge variety of fillings for whatever base you fancy. They also offer bigger dishes if you’re looking to sit-in for lunch instead, but it can get busy.

Cafe Domenico

Comfort food at its finest, this cosy Italian restaurant is the ultimate place for a hearty meal. It’s not uncommon to see queues out the door, which is why you can pre-order your lunch online to pick up. They have an impressive list of sandwiches to choose from or you can opt for a classic pasta dish to satisfy your carb cravings. Just be warned, you may need a nap afterwards.

The Hideout Cafe

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I discovered The Hideout Cafe long before I started working in Leith and would recommend it to anyone looking for a quaint spot for a bite to eat. The vintage decor gives this cafe a relaxed, inviting atmosphere, so it’s perfect for a catch-up over coffee. Food-wise, they have a great selection of sandwiches (served hot or cold), grilled wraps, soup and salads, as well as tempting pastries and homemade cakes. You can save yourself some pennies by opting for takeaway instead of sitting in.

Sit-in

Teuchters Landing

We love a Friday lunch at Teuchters Landing in my office! This quintessential pub is popular amongst locals and visitors alike, so can get hectic, especially during the summer months. But, if you manage to grab yourself a table, you’ll be treated to a fantastic selection of filling food. From classic fish ‘n’ chips, burgers and hot dogs, to mugs full of macaroni, haggis and stovies, you won’t go hungry in Teuchters!

The Black Fox by the Shore

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I’m no stranger to the Black Fox on Leith Walk, one of my favourite bars in Edinburgh, so I was pretty excited when they opened up a sister restaurant right across the road from my work! Starting life as The Greenhouse serving mostly vegetarian and vegan food, it didn’t take long before it was rebranded and the menu changed to offer a similar selection as their flagship restaurant. If you’re looking for a burger and some pretty excellent halloumi fries, then this is the place for you.

Mimi’s Bakehouse

We’re no stranger to Mimi’s incredible cakes in the office, but their food is just as mouthwatering. While it is famed for its delicious afternoon (and before noon!) tea, Mimi’s Bakehouse also offers a range of lunch options, from soups and sandwiches to macaroni, French toast and more. Of course, no trip here would be complete without sampling one of their cakes, so treat yourself before you leave!

Nobles

Similar to Teuchters, Nobles is a great place to go for a simple pub lunch. The interior is a mismatch of paintings, plants and props that wouldn’t work anywhere else but here. The menu is equally as varied with classic burgers and fish to Cullen skink, polenta and pork belly, to name but a few. Nobles is also a reliable spot for a pint after work, if you can’t sneak one in at lunchtime, that is…

Kcal Kitchen

A newbie to Leith, Kcal Kitchen hails from Glasgow and prides itself on healthy eating without compromising on taste. Their menu is completely upfront about the nutritional value of each item, even their cocktails and desserts, so you can make an educated choice. Packed full of protein, you can choose from things like katsu curry, salt and chilli chicken, meatballs and more. The best part is the portion sizes are impressive, even on dishes that don’t have a lot of calories, so you can fill up guilt-free!

Until next time,
Donna

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