Edinburgh, Scotland, like the rest of the U.K., is perfect for vegetarians. There were various vegetarian and vegan options everywhere I turned, ranging from Indian to Mediterranean, to Scottish cuisine.
I went to Scotland to visit a friend of mine, and intended to be there for a few days, but my trip was drastically shortened due to an Icelandair strike. So upon finally arriving in Scotland, my friend and I went to one of the many Indian restaurants in Edinburgh. It was called 10 to 10 in Dehli, and had a cozy, bright decor and a large menu. I tried the vegetarian mixed platter (pictured), and everything was deliciously flavorful. For dessert we had a chai tea, and a lovely mango cheesecake.
Following our tasty meal, my friend and I took a walk through The Meadows which is a park in the center of Edinburgh. From here, you have a great view of Arthur’s Seat as you stroll down the romantic paths lined with pink trees. I am sure the beautiful sunny weather we were strangely having helped me enjoy this park’s ambiance, but I imagine that the park still looks lovely on a grey day as the flowers are a refreshing change from the dull rain clouds in Edinburgh.
Later that evening, my friend and I went for a drink, and drank a real Guinness (did you know Guinness in North America is brewed in Canada and contains high fructose corn syrup?). Later we met up with a friend of her’s and after a few more drinks, ended our night eating at a local restaurant, Munchiez. I had a huge falafel sandwich, and I mean huge. I don’t know how I finished as much of it as I did. This place is open late night, and is centrally situated, making it a great end to your night after you check out one, or a few of Edinburgh’s 800 bars and restaurants.
The next day, we walked the Royale Mile up to the famous Edinburgh Castle. We stopped by a small place in one of the alleyways offering breakfast. It is pretty simple to find breakfast as a vegetarian, as eggs are standard. Since I was running short on time this day, I quickly had some eggs with toast, and a large cappuccino, and went up to the castle. I didn’t go into the castle, but took some photos outside. My friend and I met a backpacking Estonian and we continued back through the town with him.
During our walk down to the base of Arthur’s seat, I found several other restaurants with veg-friendly options. Well, almost every restaurant had veg options, but I found some interesting choices and some recommended by my local friend. We walked down to the base of Arthur’s Seat and walked through some lovely little walking streets on the way. Sadly, my time in Edinburgh ended here, as I had to catch my next flight to Vienna, Austria!
My limited time in Edinburgh was quite enjoyable, and the people were quite lovely. I would love to come back for a longer visit to this little town, and think that traveling more through Scotland by bus or train to view the scenery would be ideal. For vegetarians, and even vegans, there is no lack of options here, and the Scottish people are very accommodating towards veggie needs. What is your favorite restaurant in Edinburgh?