The Best Edinburgh Takeaways That Students MUST Try | [Updated 2022]
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There’s nothing better than a nice big takeaway after a long day of studying at university – is there?!
If you’re a student living and studying in the stunning city of Edinburgh, you’re pretty much spoilt for choice when it comes to ordering in.
There’s authentic Indian takeaways to delicious pizza takeouts to Thai restaurants, and so much more.
So, whatever your preference when it comes to food, this city is bound to have it.
With handy services like Uber Eats and Just Eat, you can stay in the comfort of your own luxury student accommodation and wait for your food to arrive.
Forget about cooking tonight, take a look at the best Edinburgh takeaways within our guide cos it’s time to treat yourself!
1. The Pakora Bar
First on our list of Edinburgh takeaways is The Pakora Bar, an eatery based on the buzzing Hanover Street which provides foodies with some gorgeous Punjabi street food to munch upon.
This family business will make you feel like part of the family too, with tremendously good homecooked dishes for everyone to enjoy.
For vegan’s there are plenty of options to dig into, the pakoras have some seriously rave reviews, as do the samosas.
If you want a taste of locality with an Indian twist, the Lamb Chilli Burger is incredible, for some spice, pair it with their famous spicy chips.
It’s arguably one of the most popular choices for Edinburgh takeaways.
Although, they’re currently moving to a new location so they’re closed for the time being, but make sure you keep up to date on their socials to find out when you can place your next takeout order.
Fingers crossed it won’t be long!
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Address: 96 Hanover St, Edinburgh EH2 1DR
2. The Fishmarket
If you’re in the mood for a fish & chip takeaway in Edinburgh, let’s be real who doesn’t love a chippy?
Well, The Fish Market Newhaven needs to become your go-to place.
They offer food collection and delivery through Deliveroo so you can order straight to your student flat.
Their food is a collaboration with Welch Fishmongers and the team behind the popular seafood restaurant Ondine.
Take a look at their menu and you’re bound to drool, with a proper fish & chip meal to sole goujons, lobster with garlic butter, and even mussels – yes please!
This isn’t just your usual chippy, with a selection of the day’s fresh seafood on ice on offer if you really want to treat yourself.
We haven’t even told you the best part, they’re open 7 days a week so no matter when you want a takeout, they’ll be ready and waiting.
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Address: 23A Pier Pl, Newhaven, Edinburgh EH6 4LP
3. Pure Pizza
Next in our food guide on the best Edinburgh takeaways is Pure Pizza.
Open until midnight, this place is perfect for any student night owls out there!
You can craft your own sourdough 12” pizza with a choice of 1 to 4 toppings, mozzarella, and tomato sauce.
They also have create your own gluten-free options, vegan cheese gluten-free, vegetarian and halal!
All of their 12” pizzas come with mozzarella and tomato sauce, with loads of toppings including broccoli royale, beef royale and chicken royale.
Our order is a Tikka Royale sourdough pizza – what’s yours?!
If you’re yet to give this place a try, get an order placed cos’ they’re offering 50% off everything on their main menu through their website, so make sure you order your pizzas ASAP!
Address: 8 Morningside Dr, Edinburgh EH10 5LY
4. Kebab Mahal
Kebab Mahal is a fresh Indian takeaway in Edinburgh that has been a popular contender on the takeaway scene for over 30 years – they must be good right?
They’re well known for their yummy halal traditional tandoori and curry dishes, plus some absolutely banging kebabs.
You can choose between the likes of a Shish Kofte or a Doner Kebab or even a Chicken Rogan Josh.
You’ve gotta try some of their Tandra Chicken to accompany your meal – it’s literally mouthwatering.
You’ll be spoilt for choice at this eatery, so go on, why not treat yourself?
They offer a collection and delivery service on their website, where you can have a sneak peek at their menu too!
Address: 7 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BH
5. U Rice Sushi
If you’re in the mood for a takeaway after a long day at university, U Rice Sushi has a whole bunch of tasty and authentic Japanese and Chinese dishes for you to try.
Choose from beef, pork, and duck dishes with a fabulous choice of Japanese & Korean dishes and vegetable dishes.
We’d highly recommend the roast duck in chilli sauce if you like a bit of spice, the chow meins are also a really popular choice too!
You can order on Just Eat, or choose to collect and there’s a £9.50 minimum order, so it might be worth ordering with a couple of friends.
Address: 179 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4DG
6. Cutting Chaii
Cutting Chaii is an authentic Indian takeaway in Edinburgh which is quite unique because it serves small tapas-style plates.
Their aim is to take customers back to the style of old Bombay Irani café’s to experience the classic Indian food experience.
It’s kind of like Mowlgi, but think of an independent family-run restaurant.
We have to recommend their Gunpowder chicken, Salli Bolti and their Chilli chips – mmm they’re literally too die for!
They recommend picking between 2-3 dishes per person due to the size of the plates, but it’s up to you how hungry you are.
For vegan’s and vegetarians, don’t worry! Cutting Chai have some fabulous small plate options including butter paneer, chilli paneer and jackfruit biryani.
The best part is, you can also order a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks if you fancy.
You can order online for collection or home delivery through their app.
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Address: 18 20 Salamander St, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 7HR
7. Butta Burger
If you’re in the mood for a big juicy burger, you’ve come to the right place that’s for sure!
Butta Burger became a takeaway sensation during the pandemic and have since grown into a massive food-hub in the Scottish Capital, with over 12k followers on Instagram.
This Edinburgh takeaway offer tasty food from classic beef burgers to chicken sandwiches to vegan and veggie burgers.
Don’t worry if you don’t fancy a burger, because they also have chicken wings, chicken nuggets and even truffle fries!
For something different, we’d definitely recommend the Smokey Q with two smashed beef patties, smoked cheddar, homemade jalapeño relish, homemade BBQ sauce.
Don’t forget to try some of their Homemade sauces like their Chicken Gravy Mayo, they’re SO good let us tell you that!
You can place an order using Deliveroo and if you’re quick you can make the most of the 10% discount for orders over £10.
Or, order for collection on their website to pick up from either of their restaurants either Lister Square or George Street.
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Address: 137 George St, Edinburgh EH2 4JY
8 Lister Square, Edinburgh EH3 9GL
8. Quinn’s Cafe
Quinn’s Cafe in the heart of the City Centre has secured the number 1 place for the best Edinburgh takeaways on TripAdvisor so, it would be silly not to include them within our guide!
Who doesn’t love a good old English brekkie to start off their day? Or to order on the weekend when you’re hanging.
You won’t believe it, but they offer brekkie ALL DAY long so you don’t need to worry about waking up early.
Maccies we’re talking to you, what’s the need for that 11am breakfast finish?!
You’ve gotta give their full Scottish breakfast a try, with fried egg, two slices of bacon, sausage, black pudding, haggis, potato scone, mushrooms, baked beans and a toast or roll with butter.
Argh, we’re super jealous of all you students living in Edinburgh cos’ that sounds bloody lovely.
We must let you know though, they don’t offer a delivery service so you do have to go and collect from their cafe on West Port.
It’s worth it though, trust us!
Address: 62 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2LD
We hope you found some inspiration with our guide to the best Edinburgh takeaways, which one are you ordering from first? We’re not sure if it’s the same for you, but we’re starrrving!
Now, if you’re searching for somewhere to go for a nice sit down meal with your friends, or perhaps your family is coming to visit. Make sure to check out our blog on The Top 10 Edinburgh Restaurants Which Offer Student Discount.