Everything you need to know about Edinburgh's coolest street food venue the pitt

Looking to get your street food fix? Then head along to the pitt - Edinburgh's effortlessly cool market that's home to some of the best vendors in the country.

Published 6th Jun 2019
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

The pitt were the first to pioneer the idea of a street food venue way back in 2015, and though Glasgow has taken the baton and ran with it, the Edinburgh forerunner is still one of the best street food sites in the country.

Set up by a number of the capital’s street food vendors it offered a place for some of Scotland's top street cooks to ply their trade and offer their wares.

the pitt Edinburgh

This year, founders  Hal Prescott and Scott Kirkham ensured Leith’s most popular backstreet food and music spot got even bigger when they launched Pitt 2.0 by extending the site into a nearby warehouse to create even more space for vendors and hungry revellers.

Pizza from Wanderers Kneaded. Picture: contributed

Speaking about the relaunch, Hal said: “We are always looking to change things up and keep on food trends.

“The crowd is also a melting pot of Leith and wider Edinburgh, you can bring your dog, your kids, your parents or even your grandparents."

Opening times

Open Saturdays and Sundays from 12noon til 10pm, The Pitt has a number of resident trucks and visiting vendors serving delicious scran all weekend.

Children are welcome until 8pm (when accompanied by an adult) and the venue is canine friendly too.

Entry costs £2, with wee ones going free.

Where is it?

You can find The Pitt at 125 Pitt Street, Edinburgh, EH6 4DE.

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How to get there...

On foot: it takes less than 10 mins from Leith, The Shore or Newhaven.

By bus: take the 7, 11, 14 or 21 to Ferry Road.

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The Highlights...

With both an outdoor space and cosy indoor hall, there’s great food, drinks and tunes to be found even if the weather isn’t up to scratch.

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Regular traders include Edinburgh favourites Barnacles and Bones, Ròst Eats, MooPie Gelato and Stooge Burgers. 

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Barnacles and Bones

Picture: B & B Facebook

Seafood and BBQ specialists Barnacles & bones bringing shellfish & obscure cuts of meat to the plate.

Ròst Eats

Picture: Ròst Eats Facebook

Ròst Eats serve up locally sourced Scottish street food with a twist.

While the roster of top Scottish purveyors features the likes of Scottish Street Food Award winners The Buffalo Truck, ShrimpWreck, and FacePlant Foods.

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On the drinks side of things, Barney’s Beer and Smith and Gertrude bring locally brewed beer and fine wines to the party, as well as soft drinks from the likes of Fritz-Kola and Bon Accord.


Is there a dress code? It is mostly outdoors so dress appropriately. There will be cover and a fire to keep you warm but it is December and it could snow.

Can I take pictures? Yes of course, the organisers actively encourage it, you could even share it with them on their social media.

Can I bring a dog? Yes, the venue is dog-friendly with water provision

Where can I found out more?

You can follow them on social media here:




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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