Edinburgh Festivals 2014: the best late night food stops

This article is from 2014

Edinburgh Festivals 2014: the best late night food stops

Fringe show finished late? You can still grab a tasty bite to eat at these places

From post-theatre Malaysian feast to 4am burger, Edinburgh offers a surprising array of dusk-till-dawn eateries. Barry Cooper runs through some of the options

● If you can get there by 11pm, Kampong Ah Lee is a cafeteria-style Malaysian kitchen that serves the city’s best roti cenai. A bowl of their laksa is guaranteed to curb any post-show munchies if you can get a table.

● For a hit of Middle Eastern shisha, Pomegranate at the top of Leith Walk is a lovely spot for apple tea and a mezze plate or three. With lighter food (hummus, shwarma) than the curry houses nearby, and alcohol-free unless you bring your own, you’ll thank yourself in the morning.

● If you’re after more western fare, Holyrood 9a is a funky beer drinkers’ retreat off the Royal Mile that keeps its kitchens open till past 11pm. Pop in for a burger and wash it down with one of 20 different ales and beers.

● For the hardier, Kebab Mahal (7 Nicolson Square, kebab-mahal.co.uk) is open till 2am at the weekend and delivers the late-night staples without pretension. Kebabs and bold, flavourful curries make for a meat-heavy stop in the wee small hours that won’t break the bank.

● And for the true night owls there is always somewhere to go. The Rose Street Takeaway (106 Rose Street) is a late-night / early-morning destination for anything fried. In the heart of the city, it’s a short stumble from your venue or to your hotel room until 4am during the festival.

● If you’re on the edge of the New Town, try ‘disco chippy’ Café Piccante for a similar buzz.