Edinburgh is a city centre well accustomed to accommodating the sustenance needs of its visitors, whether that be via basic, cheap and cheerful street food, cafes, or even Michelin starred restaurants. Sample quality food and drink at reasonable prices - why not try fish and chips at the Tailend Fish Bar, tapas at Tapa Edinburgh or the 'mug menu' at Teuchters Landing - home made stews and soups with a good burger menu too. Or try Illegal Jacks for Tex-Mex food. All these offer good food at reasonable prices.
New vibrant city restaurants emerging in recent times include The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen located on George Street housed within the former home of Susan Ferrier, a contemporary of Jane Austen. Drawing on the rich Scottish larder, The Printing Press offers a relaxed atmosphere and a superb range of whiskeys and martinis served in the bar.
Edinburgh has a good selection of quality restaurants with Michelin stars. The Kitchin is all about locally-sourced Scottish food, and is one of the city's A-list restaurants. Or try the Martin Wishart restaurant where the service and food are exceptional, or the very classy Number One for romance and great, creative food. Or try the Hotel Missoni's restaurant, the Cucina, for Italian inspired dishes, or the Plumed Horse, which offers very fine food, and dining by harp and candelight on Fridays.
There are a good number of vegetarian restaurants in the city - notably Hendersons of Edinburgh, with its bistro, bakery, gallery, deli and "reputation for cutting edge vegetarian cuisine" - this is a brilliant place even for non-vegetarians. Or try David Bann, just off the Royal Mile, or remember that most restaurants which, while not wholly vegetarian, will provide some wonderful alternative options - some vegan, gluten free, allergy friendly etc.
There's a wide variety of cuisines available for visitors to Edinburgh. From the street vendor Bollywood The Coffee Box, at Bruntsfield Place (real Indian food cheerfully served inside a police box!), to Empires Cafe on St Marys Street in the old town (quality Turkish food, bring your own bottle, in this cosy setting with fascinating decor and music). The city offers everything from Thai to Irish, Fusion to Vietnamese, African to Mexican....
Edinburgh is rightly proud of its pubs and bars. Some basic mainly frequented by locals, but most have Edinburgh's visitors firmly in mind. Try the Grassmarket which is cram-packed with pubs like the Black Bull (traditional pub with good beer), and the Last Drop (the Grassmarket used to be a public hanging space). There are also many pubs on other main streets - Rose Street, George Street and the Royal Mile, to name but a few, with good ale and whisky (many in unusual locations like the basement or way upstairs). Cosy, atmospheric, smart cosmopolitan... whatever you fancy, you'll find it here.