Desserts in Edinburgh

Madeline Pratley | Date posted - 17 Jun 2019
Sweet tooth or cheese connoisseur, the last course of a meal seals the deal. Here’s our pick of some of the best desserts in Edinburgh.


Scottish, Contemporary, Set Menu, Sunday Lunch
Not too far from Haymarket station is Otro. A restaurant that does one of the best Sunday roasts in the city, and some of the best desserts, like these dark chocolate cremeux, with salted caramel mousse and honeycomb. It’s stylish interior makes it the kind of place to get dressed up for. But the atmosphere is relaxed enough that you can enjoy your food without worrying if you’re using the wrong knife or spoon. The dessert menu is just as enticing as the main menu, cheesecake fans rejoice, there’s one on this menu, baked basil and strawberry with strawberry sorbet. Delish. If the thought of a sorbet is more up your alley, they have a selection of ice creams and sorbets you can choose from. If it’s pastry you love, you choux-ed get excited for the choux pastry bun with praline cream, Baileys ice cream, and salted caramel.


If you’re on the lookout for some plant-based desserts, look no further than this brilliant vegan and vegetarian café/bar located in bustling Bruntsfield. Whatever your dietary requirements, you’ll like this place, I mean, they serve beer. But they also do some killer desserts. The dessert you see in the pic is the banoffee sundae, toffee sauce, bananas, coconut cream, and biscuit crumb. They also do a delicious chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream, and a mixed berry crumble served with coconut ice cream. The choices at Thrive will leave you with a full belly and with your sweet tooth satisfied.

Herringbone Goldenacre

With a location in North Berwick and one in Goldenacre, Herringbone is a great independent restaurant to visit for their spectacular desserts. Especially this chocolate fondant with salted caramel, toasted almonds, and malted cream. Enjoy a glass of one of their favourite wines with your sweet treat, or one of their dessert cocktails. There’s one called Monkey Puzzle, made from Glenmorangie original, Briottet Banarie Maple syrup, and Bittermans Xocolati mole Bitters, a sweet and deep flavour that’ll satisfy that sweet craving if you’re full after eating one of their main dishes, like the beetroot, mushroom, and lentil wellington or one of their burgers or sandwiches.

Contini George Street

This Italian institution is a favourite of both tourists and locals, especially as it’s located on George Street, right in the centre of town. The restaurant opened in 2004 after the family had been serving Italian food to the people of the east coast, from ice cream to fish and chips, to opening an Italian delicatessen, they’ve done it all. Their pasta and focaccia is made fresh every morning, and is the perfect start to any meal. Italian food is delicious, but there’s always the danger that you’ll fill up before dessert comes around, but please make some room for Contini’s desserts. Some of our favourite dishes include the tiramisu, a Contini take on a classic with marsala mascarpone cream, coffee meringue and coco soil, the crema cotta, a rose water crema cotta, poached rhubarb and toasted coconut. However, one of our favourite desserts has to be the torta cioccolato that Ailsa Harper from Edineats had on her visit to Contini. It’s made from dark rich Valrhona chocolate, served with Katy Rdogers creme fraiche, and a hazelnut meringue.


After trotting around the globe, Trisha McCrae, the co-founder of One Star House Party, which took six top chefs around the world to take part in 20 pop-ups in 20 countries, has opened this restaurant in Edinburgh. Scottish ingredients are at the heart of this menu. With dishes under the headings snacks, garden, sea, and land, it’s certain the focus is on the produce here. The menu is ever changing, you might get to try the scallops or the crab, depending on when you go, both equally delicious. The desserts though, that’s what we’re really here for. The chocolate, praline, and caramel dish is truffle like, rich, and luxurious. If you want something a little lighter, the milk parfait with wild flower honey, and puffed rice might be up your street. The stand out dessert might be the least sweet of all the desserts, and that’s the “cheese course”, now, it is cheese, but not as you know it. We’re talking blue cheese ice cream and roasted figs with a sticky balsamic reduction. You’re going to need to book this place as it’s one of the hottest tickets in town.


Taisteal is tasty. This family-run neighbourhood restaurant in Stockbridge is pretty darn good. The word Taisteal means travel or journey, and is the culmination of the travels of Chef Gordon Craig and his wife Lucy. The food is a reflection of this, especially the desserts. We reviewed Taisteal for the blog and the desserts were heavenly. “I had my eyes on the hot white chocolate mousse with stem ginger ice cream. My mum was more tame and ordered the affogato. My friend ordered himself a coffee and we nattered away while we waited for our desserts. We noticed that the dining room was full to the brim by the time our desserts arrived. Taisteal is definitely somewhere you need to book beforehand, otherwise you might not get a table. Mum loved the affogato, and the fancy glass it came in. The mousse was surprisingly colourful and had a few different additions. There were pieces of chocolate cake, honeycomb and pistachio in it and it was lovely and warm, the mousse was light, and full of air, and was complimented perfectly by the stem ginger ice cream which melted deliciously into the mousse.” Read more in our review of Taisteal.
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