Festival food: For a sense of place

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  • 4 August 2012

This article is from 2012

Festival Food: For a Sense of Place

The venues that offer a reminder that Edinburgh is a beautiful, atmospheric and distinctive city

Divino Enoteca

Tastings of fine Italian wine and fine food in a cellar bar that’s deep in the depths of the Old Town.

Forth Floor Brasserie/Restaurant

The top floor of Harvey Nicks on St Andrew Square has had a classy makeover, but the rooftop views remain.

Loch Fyne Restaurant

Set in the former fishmarket in Newhaven, it’s perched on an old stone harbour right by the Forth.


High up in the New Town, with views to the Castle and the sea, it’s the glamorous spot for cocktails on the terrace and fine dining.

Porto & Fi on the Mound

Hanging onto the edge of the Old Town, the views from the Mound sweep across Princes Street and the New Town.


Well used to putting up the stars, this is opulent country-house glamour just 20 minutes from the city centre.

The Tower

Rooftop views in the Old Town this time, with the treasures of the Museum of Scotland in the floors below.

The Witchery by the Castle

If you’ve never been, and you like the idea of Edinburgh being infested with ghosts and ghouls, then it’s still worth the visit.

The Dining Room at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society

It’s hard to think of a better use of a whole New Town townhouse.

The Scottish Café & Restaurant

A great outlook onto Princes Street Gardens and the masterpieces of the National Gallery at hand.

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