25 of the best Edinburgh foodie experiences you need to try

The capital has many well known restaurants, but what are the top, lesser known food and drink related things to enjoy on a trip to the city?

Main pic from Wedgwood
Main pic from Wedgwood

We take a look at the best 25, from dinner in a former bank vault, a drink in the most haunted pub to making your own gin cocktail and lunch with a view.

Located in the city centre, foodies will love the concept behind The Table. Only 10 guests are seated around an interactive kitchen and can watch their bespoke meal being prepared whilst asking the chef questions.
Housed in a 19th century warehouse is this acclaimed, family-owned restaurant. All produce is from artisan growers, breeders and foragers and the restaurant has won a plethora of awards including three rosettes from the AA guide.
Seor Scoop is an alcoholic ice cream machine found in bonkers bar Hoot the Redeemer. From the people that brought Edinburgh Panda and Sons, Hoot the Redeemer is a 50s-styled New Orleans funfair-themed dive bar.
Edinburgh Farmers Market on Saturdays at Castle Terrace, Stockbridge Market every Sunday in Jubilee Gardens and the Greater Grassmarket weekly market, are just three of the regular markets you can enjoy in the city
George Street isnt short on bars, but the most famous (and some would argue beautiful) is The Dome. This former Physicians Hall was opened in 1775, and was built and designed by James Craig, the planner of Edinburghs New Town.
One of the citys landmarks is the perfect spot for a picnic, especially if the weather is good. The views across the capital are excellent, and you can also enjoy a stunning sunset if you choose to stay there all day.
The Sheeps Heid Inn professes to be the citys oldest pub. Serving up a menu of traditional favourites and modern creations, theres also an old school skittle alley, which is great fun for kids on a weekend afternoon.
You might need one for courage. The cellar of this popular Grassmarket haunt dates back to 1516, making this one of the oldest pubs in the city as well as the most haunted (and even won an award in 2005 for the accolade).
The Kitchin Restaurant opened in 2006 by husband and wife team Tom and Michaela Kitchin on Edinburghs Leith waterfront. Awarded a Michelin star in 2007, the Kitchin has remained a must-visit destination for foodies.
The Secret Herb Garden's Full Moon dinners have grown in popularity, and this year sees collaborations with chefs from restaurants such as Fhior and Gardenerss Cottage.
At Steak on Stones you can take be chef for the night by cooking thinly sliced steak on volcanic stone to your liking, right at the table. But if that seems too much work, then a main from the menu of hearty favourites.
Tuck into a hearty, homemade soup in this quirky cafe. Made using local ingredients and offering a variety of flavours, from the traditional to something more adventurous, this is an ideal spot on a cold day.
The Scotch Whisky Experience is a must visit for those looking to learn about all things whisky related. From distillery locations to strengths and types, its a fascinating way to spend an afternoon.
A book lovers (and foodies) dream, lunch at the Colonnades is the perfect way to while away an afternoon. Housed within the historic Signet Library, the restaurant is the perfect place to escape the bustle of Princes Street.
Celebrate the start of the weekend with a decadent dinner of lobster and champagne at this much-loved restaurant. Serving fresh seafood, the Kilted Lobsters prides itself on using the best Scottish ingredients.
Sample some whisky flights at the award winning Whiski Rooms. Perched on the Mound, the bar offers dramatic views over Princes Street and also offers daily tutored tastings and a dedicated whisky shop.
The home of the Edinburgh Gin distillery, Heads and Tales boasts over 80 varieties of gin and also houses two stills Flora and Caledonia. Theres also a chance to create your own cocktail with the G-I-Y menu.
Located in the basement (behind a secret bookcase door) of a vintage style Barber shop on the corner of Queen Street, Panda and Sons has been very popular since its opening, and serves an array of cocktails, craft beers and more.
Anyone with a sweet tooth will love the doughnuts from Twelve Triangles. Made fresh every day and stuffed full of delicious fillings, theyre well worth visiting the Brunswick or Portobello shops for.
Whether the sun is shining or not, pay a visit to Marys Milk Bar. This retro ice cream parlour offers homemade gelato in traditional and flamboyant flavours (such as fig and hazelnut and Goats cheese and pickled beetroot).
This award winning family run bakery has other outlets in Edinburgh, and is a popular spot for afternoon tea. Serving up a selection of homemade cakes, its also a good lunch spot.
The Balmoral hotel is one of the landmarks of Edinburgh thanks to its iconic clock tower. Opened in 1902, the hotel has some varied dining options available to guests and visitors, which include Number One and Palm Court.
The beautiful building that houses Italian restaurant Amarone on St Andrew Square was once a bank and the original vault is still downstairs.
Paul Wedgwood from Wedgwood the Restaurant now hosts foraging mornings out and about in Edinburgh's woodlands followed by a wild menu lunch at his Royal Mile eatery.
Made using smoked streaky bacon from Ramsay of Carluke and freshly baked naan bread, this sounds like an ideal treat for this bank holiday weekendor any time. Enjoy!