There seem to be new bars and restaurants popping up all the time in Edinburgh these days, it can be hard to keep up. I've done my homework and found 4 of the newest kids on the block to check out in 2017.
First up in the list is The Refinery which has recently opened up at the newly refurbished St Andrews Square buildings. I popped along for a launch party a few months ago and was pretty impressed with the place. The decor is straight from a #bloggergoals Pinterest board, with fairy lights, wood, and copper everywhere. If you're looking for an Instagram worthy bar for your next girls cocktail night then give this place a try.
Also taking up residence at St Andrews Square is Dishoom, the first Scottish opening for the London based Iranian cafe group. If you're looking for a breakfast with a difference then it's worth the wait for a table. Think fried eggs on chilli cheese toast, bacon naan rolls, masala beans, and bombay omelettes. <heart eyes emoji>
Hidden away on William St in the West End of town is The Voyage of Buck. Kirsty and I were recently invited along one evening after work for cocktails and a good old catch up. The decor and menu is based around the story of a fictional explorer - it feels a bit like stepping back in time! With a vast cocktail menu inspired by William 'Buck' Clarence's travels to Paris, Taipei, Havana, and Cairo, we were struggling to choose but luckily we had a fab waitress who was able to help recommend a few of her faves (every single one - spot on). I definitely want to go back with Blair soon to try the food and to continue travelling (ha) my way through the cocktail menu.
You may have seen in the news that Leonardo diCaprio recently visited Edinburgh, and this next restaurant was the reason for this trip. Home, on Queensferry St is run by the people behind popular lunch spot Social Bite, and has a similar social conscience. There is a Pay It Forward scheme where diners can purchase meals for the homeless, with the whole restaurant opening exclusively for the homeless on Mondays at 3-5pm. They also offer training and employment opportunities for Edinburgh's most disadvantaged, and 100% of the restaurant shares are owned by the Social Bite homeless charity. Feel-good dining indeed.