For when you need something more than a £3 meal deal from Sainsburys or Tesco; here are our favourite spots close to central campus to grab lunch after class ends.
1. Union of Genius Soup Union Of Genius, 8 Forrest Road, Edinburgh EH1 2QN
Although we wish the weather during an Edinburgh Summer didn’t warrant eating a bowl of soup it sadly does and Union of Genius offer amazing and innovative homemade soups to warm you up. Union of Genius are primarily located on 8 Forrest Road but they also have a soup truck parked outside the Chrystal Macmillan building at George Square every lunchtime. On top of that Brew Lab also stock their soups. Try the soup served in a bowl made of bread from the Forrest Road shop for something a bit unique. Vegan and gluten free soups are also on offer.
2. ting thai CARAVAN 8-9 Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH1 2RA
Ting Thai Caravan appeared as a pop up restaurant during the Fringe Festival and has stuck around. They sell Thai street food often served in paper boxes to sit in or take away. The restaurant is small so get there early or you could be waiting a while for a seat at one of their shared tables. The food is good and reasonably priced at lunch time so make sure to try it out!
3. Tupiniquim Green Police Box, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9AU
This much loved crepe stall is a firm favourite amongst all Edinburgers. Set up in a refurbished police phone box at the top of Middle Meadow Walk at Lauriston Place Tupiniquim serves gluten free sweet and savoury crepes alongside fresh juices. Run by a husband and wife team, Fernando and Gardenia Miranda, your crepes are made fresh in front of you meaning there is often at least a 20 minute wait so not one for when you’re in a rush. The Margarita crepe, made with spinach, mozzarella cheese, goat’s cheese and sundried tomatoes comes highly recommended.
4. Nile Valley 6 Chapel St, Edinburgh, EH8 9AY
It may not look like much from the outside but students and University of Edinburgh staff love this Sudanese restaurant on Chapel Street. At lunchtime they are often queued out with people looking to buy their wraps made with hummus and falafel. Priced between £3.00 and £4.50 it’s a great place to get a very reasonably priced meal. The African wrap is a favourite amongst their cliental.
4. Söderberg Quartermile, Edinburgh, EH3 9GG
The massively popular Peter’s Yard has expanded their outlets to include this new restaurant and bakery. Söderberg is open every lunchtime between 12-3PM selling handmade artisan sourdough pizza by the slice. The shop is just behind Peter’s Yard on Quartermile but can go undetected unless you’re in the know.