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top tips

italian embrace

The cuisine of Italy, at its best, is like a big, warm, friendly hug, and Scotland is full of top spots to cosy up this winter.


Celino’s Traditional trattoria bringing beautifully cooked favourites to Dennistoun, with the option to take home treats from the deli counter. Amore Ristorante e Pizzeria A glorious spot looking down on the Merchant City, where big groups and family occasions work particularly well. E D I N B U R G H Contini George Street Modern Italian cuisine in grand, elegant surroundings at the heart of Georgian Edinburgh. Froth & Flame Cosy up to the wood-fi red oven and enjoy the classic combo of pizza and beer.

warming spices

There’s nothing like a bit of spice to warm you from within, and there’s a feast of Indian and East Asian specialists to keep you tingling. G L AS G OW Chillies West End A relaxed atmosphere matched by a mix and match tapas- style menu of skilfully prepared and really quite spicy dishes. Non Viet Top-quality Vietnamese cuisine prepared with care in a contemporary diner with an easy-going vibe.

E D I N B U R G H Desi Pakwan Primarily a takeaway and delivery spot, but should the weather be just too awful, there’s also sit-in to enjoy the Punjabi favourites. Nok’s Kitchen Pocket-sized restaurant in Stockbridge offering Thai classics in a cosy and intimate setting.

toast the dreich

Sometimes, the only way to chase the winter blues away is to grab a stiff drink. We’ve picked a few spots to help drown out the weather.

G L AS G OW Stravaigin Café Bar Informal bar-restaurant embodying the best of bistro dining with international dishes, big avours and quality ingredients. Phillies of Shawlands The Redmond’s of Dennistoun team bringing brunch, booze and more to the Southside, with an attached bottle shop.

E D I N B U R G H Little White Pig Stylish neighbourhood wine bar with a focus on good-quality but relaxed Scottish pub food. Whighams Wine Cellars A cosy basement bar offering an extensive wine list and warming dishes such as Cullen Skink soup. >>