7 of the best Street food stands to check out at the Edinburgh Festival

With the Edinburgh Festival Fringe fast becoming as popular for purveyors food and drink as it is for comedy, theatre and music, we've picked out seven of the best street food and drink stalls to check out.

Published 17th Aug 2017
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

From fried chicken specialists to award-winning desserts here is our pick of the best vendors to grab some amazing street food from at this year's Festival.

The Buffalo Truck

(Charles Street)

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The first and most obvious place for any street food fan to check out this year, has to be the winner of this year's Scotland Street Food Awards and UK finalist, the Buffalo Truck.

Regulars at the Pitt, and the Big Feed in Glasgow, they are hugely popular no matter where they go.

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Picture: The Buffalo Truck Facebook

Serving up buttermilk fried chicken, wings and other delights, if you are a fan of chicken you'd be crazy to miss them.

The Crema Caravan

(Charles Street)

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Their motto is "not all desserts were created equal" and it's fair to say that Crema Caravan's crème brûlée is truly the cream of the crop when it comes to sweets and if you don't believe us, just ask the British Street Food award judges who voted it the best dessert in 2015.

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The Salted caramel Brownie topping. Picture: The Crema Caravan Facebook

Alternatively, you could always pop along and grab one of their ‘Burnt To Order’ crème brûlée from their vintage Renault van, and see for yourself. Trust us, you won't be disappointed.

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(George Square)

Elevating the humble fish and chips to something magical is Alandas, whose seafood street food is the kind of comfort food that we crave pretty much 24/7.

Picture: Alandas Facebook

Choose from traditional fare like battered haddock, haggis and wholetail scampi, or go for something a little more distinctive with dishes like the soft shell crab burger or chips with fresh Scottish crab meat and aioli (pictured).

Harajuku Kitchen

(George Street)

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Fresh from winning several awards last year - including the title of UK’s Best Japanese Restaurant at The Asian Curry Awards 2016, Edinburgh favourite Harajuku Kitchen are serving up some delightful Japanese dishes from the event space on George Street.

Picture: Harajuku Kitchen Facebook

Grab some delicious Gyoza - either pork or vegetable - or go for some Yaki Udon - chicken or veggie - all for some great prices.


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Seafood specialists ShrimpWreck, who recently had a star turn at Taste Buchanan in Glasgow and were voted as the People’s Choice at the event, have returned to the capital - and not just for the Fringe as they've taken up residency at Bourbon.

Picture: Street Food Awards

Purveyors of the best fish finger sandwich we've ever eaten, we can't recommend checking them out enough if you are a fan of the fruits de mer.

Umami Spice (Boy and Girl)

(George Square)

Fans of all things spice won't go wrong with either of the Umami Spice vans on George Square with the original Spice Girl serving up their twists on pan-Asian and Mexican street food classics like Rendang and Chipotle bean chilli.

Picture: Umami Spice Facebook

Should you fancy something a little different, then head round the corner to the Spice Boy stall which offers a taste of Carribean heat with dishes like the Jerk chicken burger or explore Cuban cuisine with the ever popular Cubano - a grilled sandwich stuffed with pork and cheese.


(Teviot Place)

Brazilian street food pioneers Tupiniquim have expanded their operation on Teviot Place adding the bicicleta (converted bicycle cart) grill, meaning they can get their food out faster and offer a new daily dish of comfort food to the menu.

Picture: Tupiniquim

Their gluten-free sweet and savoury wraps are the stuff of legends and they've already been keeping Edinburgh's hungry hoards satisfied for many a year.

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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