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12 Budget-Friendly Places Every Edinburgh Student Needs To Eat Before They Graduate

Edinburgh is home to some of the UK’s finest (and most expensive) restaurants. However, that doesn’t mean there’s not a wealth of places for students on a budget. Here’s where to find the best student-friendly restaurants in Edinburgh that won’t break the bank…

1. Los Cardos

This well-known Leith hangout is great for a quick bite on the go. Take the plunge and try one of their famous Haggis burritos!

GET IN MA FAAACKIN BELLY! #pulledpork #burrito

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2. Ting Thai Caravan

This popular Edinburgh Uni hangout is famous for its wooden benches and amazing street food. Keep in mind that they don’t take reservations, but it’s definitely worth the wait!

3. Civerinos

This pizza place is taking Edinburgh by storm. Try one of their massive sourdough pizzas or grab a quick slice to takeaway.


4. Bread Meats Bread

Burger fans, this one’s for you! The Glasgow owned burger joint recently opened up a new restaurant on Lothian Road and they didn’t disappoint. A knife and fork is definitely required for these monsters!


5. Mosque Kitchen

Ever-popular with Edinburgh Uni students due to being so close to Central Campus, this family-owned Indian offers delicious and authentic food that won’t break the bank.

Storm Doris got nothing on this curry

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6. Red Box Noodles

This quirky noodle bar lets you build your own noodles around your individual taste – choose your veg, meat, noodles and sauce from a variety of delicious options.

This was heaven on a plate #noodles @redboxnoodlebar

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7. Mum’s Comfort Food

The thing about student halls is there’s no Sunday Roast. But Mum’s Comfort Food will help you feel at home in the Scottish capital with some home cooked favourites.

8. Bar Soba

Reminisce about your South East Asia backpacking trip by enjoying the amazing street food at Bar Soba. Top tip: check out their £3.50 Apple and Ginger Mojitos…bargain!

9. Quattro Zero

This quirky cafe-restaurant offers a great value lunch menu and authentic Italian food at the West End.

Finally 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕

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10. Pomegranate

The set menu for 2 is great value at £14.50 per head and it’s BYOB. Make sure you book because it’s Edinburgh’s worst kept secret!

😍#allthefood #littlebrothersbirthday #hummusislife

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11. Tupiniquim

If you’re after something gluten-free, or just something a little different- this place is perfect for you. Fresh savoury and sweet crepes prepared to order, with Brazilian style toppings.

12. The Advocate

Serving traditional pub grub and Scottish classics at affordable prices. You can get anything from Blaggis Fritters, a mouth-watering combination of smooth black pudding blended with spicy haggis, to Oreo cheesecake and everything in-between.

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Where will you be eating first?

  • Los Cardos
  • Ting Thai Caravan
  • Civerinos
  • Bread Meats Bread
  • Mosque Kitchen
  • Red Box Noodles
  • Mum’s Comfort Food
  • Bar Soba
  • Quattro Zero
  • Pomegranate
  • Tupiniquim
  • The Advocate

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