The Art of Eating Well During Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival

By ExtremeFoodies on August 9th, 2016

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s largest international arts festival and takes place every August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city.

Normally known for its scenic buildings topping the rocky hills perched over the sea and monuments overshadowed by stunning cliffs, the city explodes during the festival as thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages across Edinburgh. From big-name entertainment to unknown artists, the festival includes theater, comedy, dance, physical theater, circus, cabaret, children's shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events.

As many as a half million people are expected to descend upon the 2016 festival, set for Aug. 5 through 29. And with so much going on in Edinburgh during the festival, visitors often need to eat on the go. Our ExtremeFoodies list for Edinburgh is a great place to start.

Here are some more ideas for an excellent quick bite, courtesy of MJ and BKR, ExtremeFoodies’s Edinburgh experts:

Breakfast Doughnut - Pinnies & Poppy Seeds


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Looking for outstanding Scottish shortbread? Then Pinnies & Poppy Seeds is the place for you. Fresh, crumbly, buttery with just the right sweetness, this aroma-filled shop makes several tempting flavors, including their highly-prized cardamom and white chocolate. But for a breakfast treat, order their Breakfast Doughnut. This twist on a modern classic brings together maple bacon and a fried egg in a delicious glazed doughnut.

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Address: 26 Saint Mary’s Street 26, 1SU Edinburgh EH1
Telephone: +44 131 261 7012

Macaroni Pie - Salt Horse Beer Shop & Bar


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One of the most addictive items available in Edinburgh, the macaroni pies (£6) at Salt Horse are absolutely delicious. Featuring the baking skills of Twelve Triangles, these monstrous pie beasties come with elaborate cheese-topped crowns. Presented simply on a plate with your choice of in-house crafted condiments, this is a pie of considerable distinction. Served cold, you could slice it into small slivers to munch on gradually while supping several pints, providing you can show a degree of restraint. Without question, this is one of the standout dishes of 2016 and a must-eat in these parts.

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Address: 57-61 Blackfriars St., Edinburgh EH1 1NB, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 131 558 8304

Quiche Lorraine @ Strumpets


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Newly added to their previous coffee and cake-only menu, the delicious quiches from Strumpets are one of August’s must-eats. The cafe is charming, with a smart fish-tank, eclectic furniture and a couple of ridiculously comfortable throne seats in the back room. From their tranquil corner of William Street, take some time away from the festival frenzy to sample a dish of elegant charm.

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Address: 35 William St., Edinburgh EH3 7LW, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 7854 861072

Crepe @ Tupiniquim


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The gluten-free crepes at police box café Tupiniquim are absolutely outstanding. During August, there’s always something going on around this wonderful little Brazilian crepe kiosk, whether it’s music, dancing or just general fun times to go with the excellent sweet and savory crepes, pressed juices and freshly ground coffee.

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Address: Green Police Box, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9AU, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 7908 886184

Scottish Cheese Board @ Carington Mouse's Larder

Carington Mouse’s Larder, a Scottish delicatessen focused on locally and responsibly sourced produce, is a great new addition to the city’s south side, offering deli delights served in an informal café set. The Cheese Board features a selection of three cheeses with Beetroot and Ginger Chutney served with rustic oat cakes and apples.

Address: 21 Clerk St., Edinburgh EH8 9JH
Telephone: +44 131 662 6912

Guacamole National @ El Cartel


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El Cartel is very popular and doesn’t take bookings, but the Mexican food is worth the wait. No visit is complete without trying their outstandingly fresh guacamole national. Matching the Mexican national flag, with its avocado, sheep's milk cheese, pomegranate and spring onion, the tasty dip is served with freshly made plantain crisps working in lieu of a spoon. It’s a firm thumbs up.

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Address: 64 Thistle St. Edinburgh EH2 1EN
Telephone: 0131 226 7171

Pizza @ Wildmanwood Pizza


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Wildmanwood, with its welcoming feel of long bench seating for communal dining mixed with a couple of tables and window shelf seats, is ideally situated between the Fringe hotspots of George Square, Teviot, Potterrow and the Pleasance. So make sure to visit for one of their excellent rustic pizzas. Seafood lovers should not miss the seafood pizza with fresh mussels, squid and cockles served on a crust with just the right combination of taste and chewiness without being too thick.

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Address: 27-29 Marshall St., Edinburgh EH8 9BJ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 131 667 7001

Irn-Bru Tonic Wine Ice Cream @ Senor Scoop


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A range of Senor Scoop's signature boozy ice creams have been available at Hoot the Redeemer bar for a good wee while. But for this year’s festival, Senor Scoops takes to the road with a van on George Street. For the most Scottish of boozy frozen delicacies, order the concoction made with Irn-Bru, a Scottish carbonated soft drink, and Buckfast, a fortified tonic wine.

Address: 7 Hanover Street, EH2 2DL Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 131 220 0310