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I think by now you all know, how much I appreciate good food. One of my favourite parts about travelling to various countries is trying out their local food, attending the food markets or just visiting cafes and restaurants that serve delicious meals. During this trip we decided to treat ourselfs by eating out each day at least once, but always at a different place in order to try out as many as we could. Here are a few local gems where we stuffed our faces with yummy food and that we would recommend to anyone who’s going to Edinburgh.

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Hula Juice Cafe & Gallery

WHERE: 103-105 W Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2JP, UK

Hula Cafe is a funky and lively compact spot, well located if sightseeing in the old town area. A varied menu, almost makes it hard to choose which really says something about this vegan, gluten-free and health orientated place. The food and drinks were pretty good and  quite reasonably priced. It’s a perfect option when you’re looking to get a vitamin shot on your city break. Order a smoothie bowl if you’re unsure what to get, because if nothing else just looking at it will be satisfying.

Papii

WHERE:  101 Hanover St, Edinburgh EH2 1DJ, UK

This tiny cafe located in the city centre is an excellent breakfast/brunch spot, serving delicious (a bit less healthy) food at fair prices. We did have to wait a bit to be seated, as it was fairly crowded inside due to its obvious popularity (keep in mind that we came here on Saturday around noon). I ordered eggs benedict, because they are a favourite of mine and they did not dissappoint. The place is very famous for its waffles, so if you have a sweetooth you might want to give those a try.

Grams

WHERE: 16 Clifton Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5JZ, UK

You know how they say, that maintaining a healthy diet whilst travelling is hard? Well not if you decide to eat out in places like Grams. This place has ‘eating the rainbow’ written all over it as it offers healthy, clean, and fresh foods. I would recommend going for a sweet potato dish, which Karin ordered and was really delicious. I opted for an even healthier, vegan version, with jackfruit ‘pulled pork’, but regreted it in the end. Besides the beautifully presented breakfast and lunch, they also sell scruptious looking dairy-free raw organic cakes and bars.

Dishoom

WHERE: 3a St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2BD, UK

I first got introduced to this Bombay Cafe while I was living in London. So I had a chance to dine here before and if I only judge the place on it’s food and not the overwhelming queues, it gets a really high rate from me. But everyone says Dishoom does the best brunches. Getting the egg and bacon naan with sweet chilli jam and a morning lassi is an absolute must. Also, the view across St Andrews Square from the main seating area upstairs is pretty great as is the interior. I would recommend booking in advance during the busy hours to ensure yourself a table.

If you’re still not sure whether any of this places are up your alley, then here are a few others you mind find money worthy: The Pantry, Baba Budan, Urban Angel and/or The Herbivore Kitchen.