Ever been in that situation where you’re counting down the days until your next payday, but you also really want to go out for dinner?
Never fear, Edinburgh has plenty of affordable dining options to keep both your wallet and your tummy happy, many of which we covered in our original cheap eats guide.
Whether you’re looking for a cheap breakfast, a low-cost lunch or a budget dinner, here are 15 more of the best cheap eats in Edinburgh.
Mediterranean-style cafe Papii is the perfect place for a budget breakfast. Prices start at just £1.80 for a bacon roll, or splash out and spend £4.60 on their incredible waffles with crispy bacon and maple syrup.
Papii, 101 Hanover Street, EH2 1DJ – facebook.com/Papii
With almost all the breakfast options coming in at under a fiver, you can enjoy a wholesome, tasty breakfast at Milk without breaking the bank. Try their generously sized chorizo breakfast burrito to satisfy your morning hunger pangs for only £4.40.
Milk, 232 Morrison Street, EH3 8EA – cafemilk.co.uk
The Manna House Bakery
If you love a good pastry for breakfast, The Manna House Bakery is the place to go. Their selection of artisan pastries, croissants, bagels and muffins start from just 70p.
The Manna House Bakery, 22-24 Easter Road, EH7 5RG – facebook.com/themannahousebakery
Looking for a no-frills breakfast that’s cheap and satisfying? You can’t go wrong with Snax Cafe. You can get yourself a triple breakfast roll for £2.40 or an all-day breakfast for only £3.50. Add in a cup of tea or coffee and you’ll still get change from a fiver.
Snax Cafe, 13 West Register Street, EH2 2AA – snaxcafe.com
Another proper old-school greasy spoon, the Babelon Cafe is ideal if you’re looking for a cheap hangover cure. Enjoy a large cooked breakfast with all the trimmings (including a mug of tea or coffee) for the very affordable sum of £4.50.
Babelon Cafe, 26 Nicolson Street, EH8 9DA
Family-run Italian deli Gaia has plenty of delicious options on the lunch menu if you’re on a budget. Their freshly made paninis start from £3.90 and you can fill up on a big bowl of the daily pasta specials for only £5.20.
Gaia Delicatessen, 32 Crighton Place, EH7 4NY – gaiadeliedinburgh.co.uk
If it’s great value comfort food you’re after, you can’t go wrong with a cheese toastie from Meltmongers. The Meltmonger Classic, with mature cheddar and American cheese, comes in at only £3.80 and you can add different fillings or sides for just a couple of pounds extra.
Meltmongers, 80 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4AG – facebook.com/Meltmongers
Redbox Noodle Bar
“Create-your-own” options are always great when you’re on a budget as you can choose exactly what you want. For a tasty DIY lunch, try Redbox’s noodle box for £5.80 and choose your favourite type of meat, vegetables, noodles, sauce and accompaniments.
Redbox Noodle Bar, 51 West Nicolson Street, EH8 9DB – redboxrestaurant.com
Barnacles and Bones
If you don’t fancy heading to a cafe or restaurant for lunch, how about an old police box? Barnacles and Bones serve up tasty street food, focusing on shellfish and obscure cuts of meat. Try the crab of the day with homemade lemon mayo and tarragon salted chips for only £6.
Barnacles and Bones, Cathedral Lane, EH1 3JR – barnaclesnbones.com
Inspired by the cuisine of the American South, at the Bluebird cafe you’ll find hearty lunches without a hearty price tag. Enjoy loaded hotdogs, nachos, meatloaf burgers, sandwiches and quesadillas all for under £7 each.
Bluebird Cafe, 5 Canonmills, EH3 5HA – thebluebirdcafe-edinburgh.com
Taste of Italy
If you’re looking for a cheap pre-theatre dining spot, or just fancy some delicious Italian food, head to Taste of Italy. With starters from £2, pasta from £5.50 and pizzas from £5.95, you’ll be able to have a three course meal and a drink for under £15.
Taste of Italy, 9 Baxters Place, EH1 3EF – vittoriagroup.co.uk/tasteofitaly
For amazing, authentic Indian food on a shoestring budget, you can’t go wrong with Nutan’s. This compact little restaurant serves up delicious curries for only £5, and their samosas and pakoras are all £3 or under. Nutan’s is ideal for a cheap, casual dinner as they also offer a BYOB drinks policy.
Nutan’s, 42 Home Street, EH3 9LZ – facebook.com/nutansedinburgh
Sushi can be notoriously expensive, but Bentoya offers a great range of sushi and sashimi at a reasonable price. Tuck in to maki rolls from £2.80, nigiri from £2.60 or opt for a 10-piece sushi platter for £7.90.
Bentoya, 15 Bread Street, EH3 9AL – bentoya-edinburgh.com
Looking for somewhere to have a budget-friendly vegetarian dinner? Paradise Palms serve up vegetarian and vegan soul food from their “Lucky Pig” kitchen. Enjoy vegetarian burgers, mac and cheese, nachos, chilli and lots more, all for under £7.
Paradise Palms, 41 Lothian Street, EH1 1HB – theparadisepalms.com
Bodega specialises in tasty tacos, serving up delicious Mexican food at great prices. Look out for their Taco Tuesday deal (and at the moment Taco Monday as well!) where you can get four tacos for a tenner.
Bodega, 62 Elm Row, EH7 4AQ – ilovebodega.com
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