Wed. May 29th, 2024

The best street food spots in Edinburgh

Sometimes, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by what to eat – especially in Edinburgh, where cuisines are plentiful. Not sure if you fancy Indian? Junk food? Bao buns, noodles, fries, pizza, tacos or even dessert? We get it, we want it all, too – but we’re here to help by educating you on where to go for the best street food in Edinburgh. The joy of street food is that there is always a variety of options, at affordable prices – meaning you don’t need to settle on just one foodie style. Satisfy all your cravings, and definitely don’t share after devouring this list of Edinburgh’s best and hottest street food spots

Tuk Tuk

1/1A Leven Street, EH39LH

India is renowned for its roadside street food vendors – lining the bustl ing streets of its cities, selling fragrant, delectable bites, morning ‘til night. Tuk Tuk, based in both Edinburgh’s Tollcross and Southside, has transported the delightful sensory overload to Scotland.


Enjoy Roadside Plates including Bun Samosa – Mumbai’s favourite street food snack, consisting of samosa and chickpeas in a brioche bun; chicken lollipops, or India’s famed cold snack, Puri Yoghurt Bombs – crispy Puri (deep fried bread) served with potato, yoghurt, and tamarind. Then, follow up with one of Tuk Tuk’s Street Curries, albeit a butter paneer, saag tofu or or vegan yellow daal for the meat-free, or its Unauthentic Chicken Korma, on the bone biryani, or chef’s favourite, Lamb Lasooni – speciality lamb diced and cooked with whole cloves of garlic. Regardless, you must try Tuk Tuk’s signature Daal Makhni, a black lentil curry cooked for 24 hours with kidney beans – mopping it all up with a chilli cheese naan if you dare, and washing it down with a spicy chai tea, served over ice cream. Divine.

Edinburgh Street Food

Leith Street, Omni Centre, EH1 3AU

Come one, come all to Edinburgh’s newest, and hottest, street food market – housing 10 permanent kitchens. Situated in the Omni Centre, Edinburgh Street Food features the creme de la creme of the city’s eateries, including Dish Cult favourite Bundits of Leith, Junk, Homies Pizza and much more.

With a calendar of over 150 live events over the year, and the super snazzy, hip and bright venue open until 1am Friday and Saturday night – or 11pm during the week – you’ll be spoilt for choice. Enjoy eye-catching, colourful art and neon lights adorning the walls, courtesy of local illustrators, while suppin’ on local pints from Edinburgh’s favoured breweries as you peruse the seemingly endless menu. We only have one piece of advice: arrive hungry, because it’s pretty impressive. And dog friendly!

Boom Battle Bar

American, Italian, Mexican
Leith Street, Omni Centre, EH1 3AU

Boom, boom, shake shake the room at Boom Battle Bar, slap bang in the heart of Edinburgh. Work up an appetite after competing in an array of fun games with mates or dates, including augmented reality darts, axe throwing, pool, shuffleboard, crazy golf and more.

When you’re suitably hungry, opt for the Battle Bar’s street food style Boom Bites – covering an array of cuisine, including Mexican, Italian, and American junk food. We’d recommend the Battered Cauli Bites, served with garlic mayo; as well as halloumi fries and Chicken Tenders – it is three for £12 after all. Then, share the Locked and Loaded nachos, boasting three types of cheese, salsa, jalapenos and house guac. Or, if you’re in a big group, battle it out over 25 wings for just £20 – going buffalo style if you dare. Boom Bar allows you to drink on the job, too, so we’re sure a classic Espresso Martini will wash away any spicy regrets… Boom shakalaka indeed.


58 South Clerk Street, EH8 9PS

Winners of the Scottish, British and European Street Food Awards back in 2022, let us present you with Junk: feel-good, comforting street food with a seriously tasty edge. Based in both Omni Centre’s Edinburgh Street Food market, and in Newington, Junk is a family-run endeavour – born out of lockdown, a love for food and indulgence.

Now, they’re champions, and the name on everyone’s lips when it comes to Edinburgh’s best street food. Reserve a coveted spot at its bar and restaurant for lunch or dinner, where we’d recommend going all out. For dinner, opt for white crab and szechuan buns to start, followed by three smalls plates for £32 – including the delicious crispy tatties and black garlic, Orkney scallops, posh bubble and squeak with poached eggs and crispy leeks, and confit duck. What you gon’ do with all that junk?


South Asian
19-20 Teviot Place, EH1 2QZ

Sister restaurant to TING THAI CARAVAN on the same street, Saboteur is a stylish, stripped back, industrial-style spot, serving up a fantastic mix of South Asian-style street food. Choose your weapon: noodles and rice, including Mee Korat – chicken, beef, tofu or king prawn with noodles, onion, egg, chilli, soy bean paste, sugar and tamarind; or choose from a hearty array of soups and pho, grilled stir fry, or bao buns and small boxes. We’d recommend Look Chin, grilled fishballs with chilli tamarind, as well as roti with peanut butter sauce, fried tofu, spring rolls and Bao Thit Hed (slow braised pork belly, hoisin, cucumber and daikon) if you dare.


By Lala