Where to Eat in Edinburgh, Scotland

A culinary awakening has swept through the charming Scottish city.

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Gardener’s Cottage

Located in the Royal Terrace Gardens at the foot of Calton Hill, this tiny gem has been an Edinburgh staple since opening in 2012. Keeping with the 19th-century building’s history (it was the formerly the gardener’s home, as the name suggests), the cozy spot has a charming farmhouse feel with unadorned white walls and three wooden communal tables, lit by simple candelabras. The daily changing, six-course menu serves up impeccably prepared, no-fuss dishes such as rabbit tortellini with beetroot puree and kohlrabi or wild sea bass with spelt, cavolo nero, and cockles, all using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients—some of which are grown in their garden out front. For a farm-fresh dining experience sine qua non, pair your meal with one of their several biodynamic wines. 1 Royal Terrace Gardens; 44-131/558-1221; thegardenerscottage.co.