Edinburgh has seen plenty of new bars and restaurants open over the last few weeks, and there are still many more to come

Whether you’re looking for a luxury dining experience or casual coffee and cake, there’s something for everyone this autumn.

BABA

(130 George Street, EH2 4JZ)

The team behind Glasgow’s popular Ox and Finch restaurant are opening their first Edinburgh venture, BABA, in October.

The restaurant will serve up Mediterranean and Middle Eastern-inspired dishes from their bespoke charcoal grill, as well as mezze plates and stylish cocktails.

Clark & Lake

(8 Gillespie Place, EH10 4HS)

Clark & Lake, a European-inspired charcuterie and wine bar, opened recently in Bruntsfield.

As well as a carefully curated selection of wines and beers, the menu also features platters of cured meat and artisan cheese, raclette dishes, and small plates like zucchini fries and stuffed olives.

Saboteur

(19-20 Teviot Place, EH1 2QZ )

Located just a few doors down from its sister restaurant, Ting Thai Caravan, Saboteur is due to open this autumn.

The restaurant will serve Vietnamese dishes, in a similar street food style to its successful Thai counterpart – which is so popular that it regularly has queues.

Rabble

(55A Frederick Street, EH2 1LH)

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Rick’s Bar, on Frederick Street, recently underwent a makeover and reopened as Rabble.

Describing themselves as a “rough-luxe taphouse and grill”, the trendy new bar has marble tables, exposed brick walls, a jungle of houseplants and a sophisticated cocktail menu.

The Ivy on the Square

(6 St Andrew Square, EH2 2BD)

Ivy Collection

Picture: The artist’s impression of how the new Edinburgh restaurant will look. Illustration: The Ivy Group

Upmarket London restaurant group, The Ivy Collection, are opening their first Scottish site in Edinburgh on 20th September.

The restaurant at St Andrew Square will be an all-day brasserie, serving classic British dishes. Visitors can enjoy everything from breakfast in the luxurious dining room to cocktails on the Parisian-style outdoor terrace.

Castello Coffee

(7-8 Barclay Terrace, EH10 4HP)

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Having run a successful coffee shop on Castle Street for several years, the Castello Coffee team have now expanded, with a new premises in Bruntsfield.

Their bright and airy second coffee shop overlooks the Bruntsfield Links, and serves Castello’s signature Allpress coffee, as well as soups, sandwiches and snacks.

Hyde & Son

(127 George Street, EH2 4JN)

High street to instant tranquility… Easy choice

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Housed withing Eden Lock (a new design-led aparthotel), Hyde & Son is a “coffee lounge by day and artisan bar by night”.

Everything on the menu has been hand-picked by coffee and cocktail experts, and includes items from local producers such as Harvieston Brewery and Pickering’s Gin.

Vapiano

(South St David Street, EH2 2BW)

Popular European restaurant chain, Vapiano, are opening their first Scottish branch in Edinburgh this October, to offer casual and laid-back Italian dining.

Pizzas, pastas, salads and antipasti are made fresh in front of customers in the open kitchen, and everything is paid for at the end using the restaurant’s signature smart-card system.

Brewhemia

(1A Market Street, EH1 1DE)

Styling themselves as a “beer palace, kitchen, caffè and prosecco bar”, Brewhemia is a large and eclectic bar, reminiscent of a Bavarian-style beer hall.

The food menu features everything from brunch to cook-your-own steaks, as well as small plates, salads and burgers.

Trenchtown

(4-8 Lochrin Buildings, EH3 9NB)

Bringing a touch of Jamaican sunshine to Edinburgh, Trenchtown has just opened in Tollcross to serve up traditional Caribbean dishes.

Expect jerk chicken and ribs, rice and peas, goat curry, sweetcorn fritters and spicy burgers, accompanied by beer and tropical cocktails.

Black Ivy Bar & Hotel

(4 Alvanley Terrace, EH9 1DU)

Previously The Links Bar, the Black Ivy Bar & Hotel is currently undergoing renovations and is due to open this autumn.

The neighbourhood bar (which also has boutique rooms for overnight guests) will offer local luxury with stylish interiors, seasonal food, fresh tank beer and an outdoor terrace area.

The Herbivore Kitchen

(65 Clerk Street, EH8 9JQ)

Mondays are excellent brunch/lunch/food days.

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A spin-off from a supper club and street food stall, The Herbivore Kitchen is a new vegan and vegetarian-friendly cafe in Newington.

The menu features pancakes, sandwiches, salads, milkshakes and even vegan afternoon tea.

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Gillian McDonald

Gillian is a writer and blogger from Edinburgh, with a penchant for drinking cocktails, exploring the city's independent shops and trying out as many new restaurants as possible.

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