Student-friendly eateries in Edinburgh

Jan 7, 2019

Need a break from boiled pasta? Still awaiting your student loan payment? No worries, take a break from essay writing and swing by one of these Edinburgh cafes for a tasty bite to eat without breaking the bank.

Auld Hoose

Hungry student rejoice! Auld Hoose lets you load up on the officially largest plate of nachos to be found in the Scottish capital. And they say size doesn’t matter.

There are burgers and breakfasts and a host of other pub classics (including plenty for the plant-based eaters amongst us).

If your student loan has just come in, go all out with a few friends on the 6-man Gigantic Nachos (or just keep it for yourself).

23-25 St. Leonard’s Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9QN (theauldhoose)


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The Baked Potato Shop

The baked potato. Tried and trusted. The humble spud doesn’t have to be boring though, and it certainly isn’t at this suitably named take-out spot.

Their encyclopaedically long list of veggie-based toppings, ranging from standard beans to vegan-friendly haggis.

The “small” size is really anything but and it’ll only cost you a few quid.

56 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1PB (bakedpotatoshop)


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Ting Thai Caravan

Reminisce about those ‘Gap Yar’ memories at this authentic Thai street food spot. The long communal seating benches recreate the shared atmosphere of traditional Thai joints.

A favourite with the city’s students thanks to its ultra-low prices, hearty portions and delicious blends of Asian-infused flavours.

Teviot Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2RA (tingthaicaravan)


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Union of Genius

There’s something about soup that just makes it very comforting and homely, right?

That’s what the gang over at the Union of Genius thought when they set up (ingeniously) Scotland’s first soup café.

Bob on over for a wholesome cup of hearty soup and a slab of bread at budget prices.

8 Forrest Rd, Edinburgh, EH1 2QN (unionofgenius)


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Tupiniquim Brasil Crepes


The Tupiniquim pop-up hut has popped right up outside Edinburgh’s University, making it a cornerstone of the student diet.

Tasty Brazilian-style pancakes are the name of the game here, with both savoury and sweet fillings available for a delicious post-lectures snack.

The Tupinqium hut also doubles up as the occasional cinema, concert hall, and puppet theatre with a calendar of regular events: y’know, as you do.

Green Police Box, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9AU (tupiniquim)


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The Mosque Kitchen

Want loads of curry for a couple of quid? Get yourself down to the Mosque Kitchen.

£6.50 will get you a selection of three veggie curries with rice, chuck on some meat for a few extra bob.

Quick, simple and a great option for a cheap and tasty dinner.

31-33 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX (mosquekitchen)


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Susie’s Wholefoods Wagon

This popular trailer rocks up right outside the University Library, ensuring it’s a favourite of hungry folk taking a break from dissertation writing.

The menu is ever changing but you can rest assured that the grub is always organic and veggie friendly. Expect stuffed pitta bread, spicy enchiladas and action-packed bean burritos.

Be quick though, as it’s only open over lunchtime.

The Meadows, near University of Edinburgh Library at George Square (susieswholefoodtrailer)

Pakora Bar

Pop over to The Pakora Bar for some of the tastiest Indian street food in town.

As the name suggests, pakoras are the speciality here, and they come in all sorts of shapes and flavours; including the very Scottish-themed haggis and black pudding pakoras.

There are plenty of delicious Punjabi style curries too, and it’s all available on the cheap.

86 Hanover St, Edinburgh, EH2 1DR (thepakorabar)


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Not one for you veggies out there. Humble Oink is an Edinburgh classic and serves up some of the best hog roast sandwiches in Scotland.

Go all out and get 250g of pulled pork for just over a fiver and top that momma with a range of stuffing and sauces, including Oink’s very own house haggis and homemade chilli sauce.

34 Victoria St, Edinburgh, EH1 2JW (oinkhogroast)


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