Much like its gorgeous counterpart in London’s Chelsea neighborhood that I wrote about here, The Ivy on the Square in Edinburgh carries on the elegant yet relaxed tradition of elevated café dining made accessible to all. Located within walking distance from Edinburgh’s chicest hotel, The Scotsman, The Ivy Edinburgh is sophisticated fine dining with a cozy café feel, making it the perfect choice for a delicious breakfast, lunch, or brunch any time of year.
The Ivy on the Square
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Address: 6 St. Andrew Square,
Food Type: Modern Scottish Cuisine
Dining Experience: Indoor
Price: £65+ per person
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Special Diets: Pescatarian, Gluten Free, Vegan
The Ivy on the Square in Edinburgh was one of our favorite places to eat in Edinburgh, and was so fresh, tasty, and inviting that we went there twice during our time in Scotland’s capital. We couldn’t stay away! Filled with beautiful botanicals, and fun, tropical yet artsy décor, The Ivy on the Square in Edinburgh is such a great place to dine in the city whether you’re looking for something vegan, pescatarian, gluten free, or any diet in between.
I loved how extensive the vegetarian and vegan menus here were, because we could eat anything from that menu and not feel too full to chase the history of the city while site seeing. Edinburgh is one of the best cities for vegetarians or vegans we’ve ever been to, because most restaurants had dedicated menus and dedicated cooking materials, which gave us peace of mind when ordering.
I can’t recommend The Ivy Vegetarian Breakfast highly enough. It was absolutely delicious, with a wide assortment of components such as grilled halloumi, avocado, poached hen’s eggs, hollandaise, potato scone, flat mushrooms, roast plum tomatoes, watercress and baked beans, plus regular or gluten free toasts. The variety allowed us to experience a number of textures, flavor combinations, and aspects of traditional Scottish breakfasts without having to order too much food.
We also loved the Jackfruit and Peanut Bang Bang Salad, The Ivy Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie with truffle-stuffed king oyster mushrooms with quinoa, chickpeas, roasted peppers, aubergine bathed in a Moroccan tomato sauce, and the sprouting broccoli with miso butter, sesame and chilli. Everything we had here, like their other location we visited in London, was absolutely delightful.
The restaurant’s atmosphere is very cozy and inviting, yet decorated in such a whimsical way, heavily featuring botanicals and a beautiful assortment of herbal and entomology prints add a sense of fancy to the charming vibe of the café. One of my favorite aspects of the restaurant was the way they decorated liberally with tropical plants, which made the restaurant feel much more intimate. Overall, I absolutely loved The Ivy on the Square in Edinburgh, and I highly recommend a visit if you have the time when in Edinburgh.
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