Scotland has long been on my bucket list and what a gem it’s been! The 5 days spent in Edinburgh has been absolutely delightful as the Scottish capital is full of charm and it’s been easier than expected to find halal food around town. We were absolutely delighted that, despite not being as convenient as London, the halal food options are not just limited to the typical kebab places and Turkish / Middle Eastern restaurants (though still the majority). In this Edinburgh halal food guide, we have listed out some of the restaurants we tried during our trip as well as food places we jotted down but didn’t manage to visit.
If you want to know more about our Edinburgh stay and 5-day itinerary, including hotel, sights & things to do, check out this post here.
Where to Find Halal Food in Edinburgh
*As per every content on this blog, please double-check the halal status with each restaurant as suppliers could change.
- Mosque Kitchen
- Laila Brunch & Lunch
- Chaophraya Edinburgh
- Bertie’s Fish & Chips
- Dishoom Edinburgh
- Wingstop Edinburgh
- Oh My Flatbread
- Nanyang Malaysian Restaurant
- Bread Meats Bread
- Solti Restaurant
- Butta Burger
- Stack & Still
- Knights Kitchen
- Ondine Edinburgh
- Uwagboe’s Kitchen & Grill
- Deep Sea Fish & Chips
Mosque Kitchen is known, not just for Muslims but to locals & tourists alike for cheap and no-frills delicious Indian food. The small canteen-style eatery started out only for Mosque attendees but later opened its doors to the rest of the community. It is fantastic halal food at great prices, and one that must not be missed when in Edinburgh!
Laila Brunch & Lunch
You won’t miss Laila Brunch & Lunch with its striking pink facade. Aesthetics aside, the food was fairly decent there and it’s fully halal. The cafe is centrally located on Cockburn Street in Old Town Edinburgh, making it most ideal for a brunch stop before sightseeing. You can read more about our experience at Laila Edinburgh here.
Halal status: All meats served are halal
Looking for a halal-friendly rooftop restaurant in Edinburgh? Then Chaophraya, a Thai restaurant located just a few steps away from Princes Street, is the one for you. You’ll find a range of traditional Thai dishes and be able to enjoy it all with lovely views overlooking Edinburgh Castle & Princes Street Gardens!
Bertie’s Fish & Chips
Bertie’s Fish & Chips is one that’s very popular in Edinburgh and is situated on the famous Victoria Street. They use a non-alcoholic batter and you can ask for the fish & chips to be cooked separately in vegetable oil when ordering. If you’re looking for a naughty dessert, they have deep-fried Mars bar on the menu as well!
When in doubt, Dishoom also has a branch in Edinburgh so that’s always an option! The popular Indian restaurant is extending its delicious offerings up north in Scotland and the chef’s special dish for Edinburgh is the Salli Boti. It’s also a great pick for breakfast too!
From LA to London then to Edinburgh, Wingstop’s chicken is fast becoming a fried chicken staple. Our favourite is the Garlic Parmesan Chicken – whether it be in the form of wings, boneless bites, or tenders. Plenty other sauces, ranging at different spice levels, are available and they also do some indulgent churros too!
Oh My Flatbread
Located in Haymarket, Oh My Flatbread is a Turkish bakery & cafe that offers some of the best stone-oven Turkish dishes such as pide, lahmacun, borek, baklava and more. Together with a glass of Turkish tea, it’s the perfect breakfast/snack to grab in Haymarket Edinburgh.
Nanyang Malaysian Restaurant
Situated in the heart of Edinburgh’s Quartermile is Nanyang Malaysian Restaurant. Its menu offers a wide range of classic Malaysian street food dishes as well as broader pan-Asian dishes and a few dim sum options. With its close proximity to the University of Edinburgh, it is a popular pick amongst international students.
Bread Meats Bread
Bread Meats Bread is a popular burger spot in Scotland that also boasts itself as a 2-time winner of The Best Burger in Scotland award, as well as being listed in Europe’s Top 20 Burgers and Global Top 50. All chicken is halal and you can also find Canadian poutine on their menu as well.
Solti – meaning “soul tea” in Nepali slang – is a Nepalese & Indian restaurant in Edinburgh that showcases the flavours of the Himalayas and beyond. You can enjoy the likes of Momos, Naga Chicken/Lamb, and a variety of curries that are bound to take your taste buds through a journey.
Butta Burger has recently started to offer halal chicken options on their menu but that’s only limited to the chicken burger, NOT the chicken wings. Using chicken breast instead of thigh inevitably makes it less succulent. We find the chicken burgers underseasoned and the sauces were a bit overwhelming to taste.
CHIX is another gourmet chicken spot specialising in boneless chicken tenders & fried chicken sandwiches, paired with unique gourmet dips such as Peruvian Spice, Polynesian Coconut Curry & Lime, and Spicy Gochujang. Not feeling as adventurous? There are classic dips like Hickory Smoked BBQ, Buttermilk Ranch etc. as well.
Stack & Still
Other than classic sweet pancakes, Stack & Still also has a range of savoury toppings and some of them are halal. Although, personally, I’m rather unsure about how a doner kebab, or peri-peri chicken/chicken tikka, makes an attractive pancake topping. Anyway, their buttermilk pancakes were pretty good so I’ll stick with the sweet ones but the option is there should you feel adventurous for something savoury!
Knights Kitchen is a family-run cafe specialising in Kenyan street food. They started out in food markets across Grassmarket and Stockbridge and now have a permanent shop located on Leith Walk. Whether it’s a warming curry or stew, or massive North African scones and samosas, it’s a great spot for a homely taste of Africa.
Makiramen has a number of branches across Edinburgh and you’re bound to come across at least one of them in town. It has been confirmed by management that they serve halal chicken across all branches. Though when we were visiting, the staff didn’t seem to know much about halal meats so we decided to play it safe to eat elsewhere instead. Chicken aside, there are also the likes of sushi available on the menu.
Whilst they don’t serve halal meats, Ondine is an award-winning seafood specialist restaurant and the staff are knowledgeable in catering to halal dietary requirements. We had an exquisite meal there (which you can read all about here) and I just have to include them in this Edinburgh food guide! The quality of the seafood speaks for itself and the impeccable execution made it an absolute treat to the palate.
Uwagboe’s Kitchen & Grill
Uwagboe’s Kitchen & Grill is a Nigerian takeaway restaurant located on Leith Walk and a local favourite. You can find a range of traditional Nigerian dishes, from Jollof rice and Suya wings to various rice boxes and traditional soups and stews. Limited tables are available and they have been listed as the top finalists in the 2022 Scottish Takeaway Awards!
Deep Sea Fish & Chips
If you’re looking for a 100% halal fish & chips shop, then you can head to Deep Sea Fish & Chips. The downside is that it’s a takeaway shop so you won’t be able to have a nice sit-down meal there.