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Dining al Fresco

There’s nothing quite like enjoying a bite to eat outside in the fresh air, people watching as the sun goes down. Bliss. Here are our top tips for some of the loveliest places in the city to eat outdoors.

Indigo Yard

Tel: 0131 220 5603 / www.indigoyardedinburgh.co.uk

Specialising in artisan food and craft beers, Indigo Yard is a wee gem of a restaurant bar. Described as ‘a courtyard in the city’, it’s tucked away on Charlotte Lane in the West End. Menu highlights include the Orkney Steak Burger and Shetland Mussels.

The Dome

Tel: 0131 624 8624 / www.thedomeedinburgh.com

This stunning building on George Street makes arguably the best Afternoon Tea in town. The pretty Garden Café, accessible from Rose Street, is a real oasis in the heart of the city. Try the Dome Haggis Burger or a mouth-watering dessert.


Tel: 0131 226 7614 / www.chaophraya.co.uk/venues/chaophraya-edinburgh

With spectacular views of Edinburgh Castle from its dramatic roof terrace, this authentic Thai restaurant has been shortlisted for i-on magazine’s ‘Edinburgh’s Best Restaurant’ award. Fabulous food and some of the best views in the city while you dine…what’s not to love?

Maxies Bistro

Tel: 0131 226 7770 / www.maxiesbistro.com

Family-run Maxies has an outdoor garden terrace which overlooks Old Town rooftops and the gloriously curved Victoria Street, in the Grassmarket, so it’s perfect for people-watching. The succulent seafood platter is a menu highlight.