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With two of Edinburgh's Michelin star chefs; a lively bar culture and a dynamic restaurant scene, Leith has become one of the most interesting places to eat in Edinburgh. This didn't happen overnight. When Malmaison and its Brasserie opened on Tower Place, twenty years ago, they were not the first restaurant to strike a claim in Leith but they were perhaps the most high profile until Martin Wishart opened in 1999.
Thanks partially to these early pioneers, Leith's reputation as a culinary hotspot began to shine and helped the area to leave behind some of its less positive past. It has been a very long time since taxi drivers refused to take passengers here after dark but, like most ports, it retains a certain earthiness. There is little that is la-di-da about Leith.
What makes Leith special is the fact that that grit sits happily alongside some of Scotland's most innovative and highly awarded restaurants. Leith thrives on that diversity. Within a five minute walk of the bridge over the Water of Leith, you can eat French brasserie classics at Mal; fine dining Indian at Mithas or Spanish at Tapa. And, of course, should you fancy a wee hauf an' hauf, you don't have to scratch too far beneath the surface to find old Leith.
Modern, Bistros & Brasseries
Housed in the eye-catching Malmaison hotel on Tower Place, the Chez Mal restaurant enjoys spectacular views over the Port of Leith. Given a smart refurbishment in 2016, the dining room has a sleek, contemporary look and light, spacious feel. The new look bar is a hip hangout with craft beers and innovative cocktails while the waterfront terrace is always popular when the sun makes an appearance.
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Mediterranean, Spanish, Tapas
Situated in a refurbished warehouse building, Tapa is an atmospheric Spanish tapas restaurant on Shore Place in Edinburgh's Leith. The welcoming, vaulted interior combines a classic bodega feel with traditional Spanish colours, old film posters, exposed stone and fairy lights wrapped around iron pillars. Friendly staff make for a relaxed atmosphere. A good selection of Spanish gins and sherries complements a wine list which draws on both the finest and other, less known and sometimes under appreciated, Spanish grape varietals.
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British, Gastro Pub
The Mash Tun on Easter Road is an unpretentious modern pub and restaurant offering a diverse range of beers, along with fresh pizza, comfort food classics and traditional fare. Décor has contemporary touches, with exposed brick and rustic woods, but the atmosphere remains that of a friendly local, a great place to catch a match or some live music, join in with the quiz or sample some excellent craft ales.
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Giuliano’s On The Shore’s location in the Port of Leith has encouraged an emphasis on local fish and seafood, alongside familiar Italian fare. The warm welcome and stylish décor attract a wide range of clientele, with Giuliano’s an ideal choice for everything from a business lunch to a family get-together.
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Scottish, Bar Food
The Granary is located in the heart of trendy Leith and offers homely pub food. It is strong on homespun charm and warm comfort: colourful rugs soften wooden floors, whilst replica barn doors and old-fashioned kitchen utensils add an interesting twist.
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Indian, Thai, Vegetarian/Vegan
Mintleaf is a vibrant restaurant on Bernard Street in Leith and offers authentic Thai and Indian cuisine. Around the corner from The Shore, the restaurant is wheelchair accessible, child-friendly, and also boasts two private dining rooms on the mezzanine floor. Striking as the decor is, it’s the Indian and Thai dishes which keep the customers coming back.
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Along with its sister restaurant in the West End, A Room in Leith offers Scottish bistro dishes at affordable prices. Informal and friendly, the Leith restaurant sits by the waterside on Dock Place.
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£30Offer: £30 for 4 tapas + bottle of wine
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Far Eastern, Indian, Thai
Named after the Royal Yacht Britannia which is berthed nearby, Britannia Spice is located in a former whisky warehouse on Commercial Street. The restaurant itself is in ship-shape condition; immaculately clean with rope ladders and ships’ helms carefully chosen to accentuate the maritime theme. Child-friendly and wheelchair accessible, Britannia Spice serves multi-ethnic cuisine with dishes from India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Thailand. An AA Rosette for culinary excellence is the latest in a long line of awards.
£0.00Offer: 15% a la carte discount
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£12.95Offer: £12.95 for a Mal burger + drink
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£7.95Offer: 2 for 1 on any pizza on a la carte menu
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