Food and drink
The dish of the day is great value, as a a rule it's fish served with a beurre blanc, salad and potatoes or a lamb casserole. A standard menu is always available too. A freshly-sliced baguette arrives as soon you sit down.
The Petit Paris stew of the day - a favourite since they opened 10 years ago. And the Toulouse sausage, any way is a delight.
As many tables as possible are packed into this buzzing wee place. The guy who runs it is gorgeous, French and runs an efficient operation with a feeling of relaxation and authenticity. In summer there are lots of al fresco options and it is always busy. Inside things are compact but fun. Every time I go I see the same faces; it is a favourite with locals for good reason.
French staff, efficient, smiley and informal.
In the middle of the historical Grassmarket, this is a great spot to stop off in the midst of a sightseeing day. Moments from The Royal Mile, The National Museum and Victoria Street, one of Edinburgh's shopping gems.
The daily specials are great value, a main course and coffee for £7.90. A pre-theatre menu is available for early diners and a half-litre carafe of house white or red is £9.90.
Tables to book
Outside in the summer. Ask for a window seat in the winter. Avoid downstairs.
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Great views / scenery
- People watching