Some of Edinburgh’s best restaurants are off the beaten track. Here’s how to find them.
Whether you want to dine in style at a big name restaurant chain or chill at a cosy bistro, you’re spoiled for choice in Edinburgh.
That’s because the capital has more restaurants per head of population than any other city in the UK.
While many can be found on the city’s main streets and busy centre, there are scores more tucked away down quiet lanes or that bit off the beaten track that are just waiting to be discovered.
But how can you find them?
When it comes to tracking down the pick of the city’s ‘hidden gem’ restaurants, it pays to ask someone with a bit of local knowledge.
And who better than one of Edinburgh’s black cab drivers?
According to Kyle Boggie of Edinburgh’s leading taxi firm City Cabs, taxi drivers tend to have insider knowledge on where to find some of the city’s best ‘hidden gem’ restaurants.
“They’re the ones in the driving seat and they know the places that are a bit off the beaten track.
“They’ll chat with passengers who’ll often talk about the venue, the good service and how much they enjoyed their meal.
“So if you want to know where to find a new place to eat out that’s a little off the grid, then you could do worse than ask a City Cabs driver.”
City Cabs are sponsors of this year’s ‘hidden gem’ category of the Edinburgh Restaurant Awards, which will be held on May 13, at The Principal Edinburgh in George Street.
The firm, which is a co-operative, and is owned and run by its members, has almost a century of experience of helping Edinburgh people get around.
Founded in 1925, City Cabs is Edinburgh’s longest-serving taxi association and boasts a fleet of over 440 vehicles. All vehicles are equipped with the latest technology, including card payment facilities.
The City Cabs app means users can instantly book a cab and track their driver’s progress, while tough registration rules mean there’s peace of mind that drivers are vetted and trusted.
Judging for the ‘hidden gem’ category, sponsored by City Cabs, will focus on location, popularity, visibility, and the type of food.
Need a cab? Call City Cabs on 0131 228 1211 or download the City Cabs app.