Edinburgh’s a good place to eat alone, with lots of great venues to fit your needs.
Some people sense a weird stigma around eating alone, which is rooted in something, but it’s frustrating as it really shouldn’t be there. There’s literally no harm in being somewhere other than your home or hotel if you fancy something to eat.
However, there are some practical considerations. For example, how can you be at your table to show it’s occupied while also ordering at the counter?
This page calls out those reviews for locations that have the solo tag. As a bonus, I started to add that to write-ups in 2022 when venues felt especially suited to eating alone.
Dinner for one in Edinburgh, solo dining, call it what you want, but trust the lived experience of many others; it’s no bad thing.
Latest eating alone reviews
A friendly cafe and plant shop, what a great combination, and an oasis of green near the urban throb of the foot of Leith Walk. It’s one I recommend.
Chums is a warm and friendly coffee and/or pie shop in Leith; it’s around the corner from the beaten track but worth exploring to find. It’s not had to see. Only a few minutes before that meeting? Chums will help.
A vegan sandwich boutique that offers crafted perfection at a fair price, with baking, coffee and sometimes amazing treats like vegan dogs. One to check out.
Luxury sandwiches in a cosy, friendly and popular nook. Menu changes often, and there’s every reason to go and then go back.
Just off the Shore, just off the bottom of Constitution Street, Ooh Mami is an Asian fusion restaurant that shouldn’t be off your radar. Go to sample exciting gyoza and a great vibe.
A bite of excitement and interest on Constitution Street and worthy of your interest and stomach. Dietary requirements should be researched beforehand, though.
The Remedy expands off Leith Walk into a homely bistro. Settle down for a friendly chat, some fine coffee and mezze or Mediterranean platters.
A wonderfully cosy Indian tapas restaurant tucked away on a bleak edge of Edinburgh. Great food, friendly staff and perfect for couples.