The best shops to pick up something special to eat – as recommended by comedians…
We asked over 170 comedians and people from the comedy industry what their favourite places were in Edinburgh, and got back so many fantastic responses that we turned it into a book. The following are select extracts, but you can pick up the book on Amazon, download the ebook or find out more about the title and who’s in it.
49 South Clerk St, EH8 9NZ. 0131 668 3737, peckhams.co.uk. Mon-Sat 8am-10pm, Sun 9am-10pm.
When I have had a bad gig I go there, get a huge basket and fill it with cream cakes, full fat cheeses, smoked salmon pizette, baked brie in phyllo with mango chutney and other foods, the names of which I can’t pronounce. It makes me feel better just filling up that basket. Shazia Mirza
Valvonna & Crolla
Valvona & Crolla, 19 Elm Row, EH7 4AA. 0131 556 6066, valvonacrolla.co.uk. Mon- Thu 8.30am-5.30pm, Fri & Sat 8am-6pm, Sun 10.30am-3.30pm.
It is an amazing deli and café bar which sold (and still sells) the most amazing breads, meats and cheeses, as well as all sorts of other delicious things. Matt Green
Valvona & Crolla remains home to the best coffee I’ve ever had, even better than Harvey Nichols. No, really. Jacob Edwards
Cheesee Peasee. 01875 340912, cheesee-peasee.com. Check website for details and latest timetable.
Down the bottom of Marchmont Road, on the other side of The Meadows, is a van. And in the van is a French man. And in the man… well, he sells cheese. Cheese that I can’t pronounce. Cheese that stinks but tastes amazing. Cheese that I eat like I’m in a competition. Felicity Ward
Inside the white vessel—named the Cheesy Peasee—this rosy-cheeked Cousteau named Cedric will greet you. A French-born (Lyon, to be specific) Edinburgh resident will trade you slabs of fromage for British money. He doesn’t take euros; I tried. But if you impress him with his native tongue, he’ll (probably) slice you an extra 50 grams of Camembert. Merci beaucoup: thanks a lot. Merci beau cul: thanks, nice arse. He’ll love that! Eric Lampaert
John Bain & Son, 2 Stenhouse Cross, EH11 3JY. 0131 443 3177, johnbainedinburghltd.co.uk. Tue-Fri 8am-4.30pm, Sat 7am-1.30pm.
If you take the number 22 bus out of town you will end up at my Granny’s flat in Stenhouse Cross. My granny is awesome—but not as awesome as the pies that can be found in Bain’s the Butchers, the shop underneath her house. It’s a bit of a journey from the city centre, but well worth it. People queue round the block when the butchers opens because the pies are that good. Carly Smallman
Fudge Kitchen, 30 High St, Royal Mile, EH1 1TB. 0131 558 1517, fudgekitchen.co.uk. Daily 10am-6pm.
My favourite place to pop into in Edinburgh is the Fudge Kitchen on the Royal Mile. They have free samples on the counter. I am a big fan of free samples as I expect anyone else is. If you are not then I can’t imagine why. They make the fudge in the shop and you can watch them do it. This is fascinating and makes you want to eat the fudge, and thanks to the free samples you can—straight away. James Acaster
Choco-Latte, 39 South Clerk St, EH8 9NZ. 0131 667 0091, choco-latte.co.uk. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat & Sun 10am-6.30pm.
And just when you think you have got the place sussed, you realise that they also serve amazing coffee and unique homemade cakes—I mean proper bespoke cake making—crazy combos of sweets and chocolates mixed into pastries and sponges… and of course, crumbly, mouth watering, orgasmic Scotch Tablet. Doc Brown