5 Scottish Foods You Need to Try + Where to Find Them in Edinburgh


Scotland has one of the most unique palettes in the world and it would be a crime not to sample a few traditional dishes. If you’re travelling to Edinburgh, make sure you try these five Scottish staples!

Haggis, Neeps and Tatties

If there is one thing you try in Scotland it must be their national dish- haggis. A common question asked is ‘what are the ingredients in haggis?’ and sometimes that is best left unknown until you’ve sampled it. Haggis consists of minced sheep’s pluck (liver, lungs and heart), spices, salt, oatmeal, suet (white fat on the kidneys and loins of cattle, sheep, and other animals) and onion inside the lining of an animals stomach. If that makes you feel queasy, there are also many delicious vegan and vegetarian substitutes for haggis that are just as delicious. Enjoy it alongside neeps (turnips) and tatties (potatoes) and you’ve got yourself a truly Scottish dish!

Where to find the best haggis in Edinburgh: WHISKI Bar and Restaurant



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Full Scottish Breakfast

One of the best things about Scottish cuisine is the mouth watering start to the day. A Full Scottish breakfast may vary from place to place, but can include the following: bacon, eggs, baked beans, black or white pudding, haggis, lorne sausage, and tattie scones. Black pudding is black sausage containing pork, dried pig’s blood, and suet. A lorne sasuage is a square sasuage, and sometimes comes with a ring of haggis in the centre. Tattie scones are faily plain by themselves, but delicious with a lashing of butter. You’ll wash this down with either a cup of coffee or pot of tea!

Where to find the best Full Scottish Breakfast in Edinburgh: Loudons comes highly recommended by the Guardian newspaper and The List Food and Drink Magazine.



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Cullen skink

Scotland is proud of its seafood produce, and almost every coastal town will boast this traditional dish. This classic Scottish soup is made with smoked haddock, leek and potatoes. It’s perfect as a starter or to warm you up on a drizzly day in Edinburgh.

Where to find the best Cullen Skink in Edinburgh: WHISKI Bar and Restaurant

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Scotch Pie

You’ve no had a pie until you’ve tried a Scotch pie, ya ken? Made of minced mutton or another minced meat and baked in a double crust, these small pies pack a delicious punch.

Where to find the best scotch pie in Edinburgh: Crombies of Edinburgh, Broughton Street.



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We couldn’t write an article about Scottish food to try without including this sweet staple. Shortbread is usually a Christmas favourite, however it can be found all year round in many cafes and bakeries in Edinburgh.

Where to find the best shortbread in Edinburgh: The House of Shortbread sells delicious handmade shortbread, or pick up a slice in a cafe along the Royal Mile.



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