5 places for a great sandwich in Edinburgh

Oink takes a simple concept and makes it exciting. Picture: supplied
Oink takes a simple concept and makes it exciting. Picture: supplied
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Fancy a sandwich but store-bought offerings don’t float your boat? Don’t have time to create your own? Don’t worry, we’ve picked out five great places that may help.

1. Bite Me!

(167 Morrison Street, EH3 8AG)

Situated close to Haymarket station, Bite Me! is the perfect place to escape the madness of bustling city life for a short while and enjoy some delicious sandwich goodness.

Their sandwich combos board highlights a dizzying array of choice; from Thai chicken with coconut and coriander through to salami and red pesto, as well as some gorgeous vegetarian options, meaning you’ll be spoiled for choice.

But should that not be enough for you, then Bite Me! also allow you to customise your own dream sandwich with a selection of salivating ingredients, which means you’ll never run out of new and exciting options!

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2. Oink

(34 Victoria Street, EH1 2JW)

Who’d have thought you could make such a simple concept so exciting – and appealing. Take one hog roast, place it in your shop window and create delicious sandwiches from it.

Sage and onion, apple sauce, chilli relish, haggis and (if you’re lucky) some tasty crackling all add to the taste sensation and great value for money too.

3. Social Bite

(131 Rose Street, EH2 3DT / 89 Shandwick Place, EH2 3DT)

Fancy a great sandwich and a chance to help out a great charitable cause at the same time? Then look no further than Social Bite.

The social enterprise has established cafés in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, all helping to combat homelessness, but it’s their warm and friendly service and delicious food offerings that have really put them on the map.

Haggis Neeps & tatties, Thai veg curry and mac & cheese are just some of the delicious fillings on offer.

4. Relish

(6 Commercial Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6JA)

Leith locals drop by this hidden gem for a croissant and caffeine fix on their morning commute and a bottle of wine or beer on their way home.

It’s also a popular stop for lunch for workers about the Shore with freshly-made sandwiches, salads and soups, as well as cheeses, charcuterie and sweet treats on offer at this high quality little deli.

5. Taste of Italy

(9 Baxter’s Place New Town Edinburgh EH1 3AF)

Owned by the Crolla family, whose portfolio of Edinburgh eateries includes the Vittoria pizzerias and the upmarket Divino Enoteca, Taste of Italy is one of the best value eateries in the Capital.

Popular and well loved by its regulars, ToI offers all-day, casual dining with a great selection of light bites, but it’s their delicious paninis that really steal the show.

Grab yourself a cup of authentic Italian coffee before choosing from fillings like spicy salami and smoked Scamorza cheese (the Napoli) or chicken breast coated in breadcrumbs and vine tomatoes (their now famous Padova), all for under a £5.

Did we miss any of your favourites out? Let us know below.

(First published in Scotsman Food + Drink)