Welcome to Edinburgh Food Safari

I love food and I love Edinburgh so come and eat Edinburgh with me; Nell Nelson and my team. We want you to feel like a food–loving friend is showing you their own neighbourhood.

I was born in Edinburgh and grew up in this stunning city, then lived in London and Hong Kong working as a food and travel writer before returning to Edinburgh over ten years ago.

Our Safaris are specifically designed to take you to the “hidden gems” only the neighbourhood locals know about. We take you to unique food destinations on foot with special pre-arranged tastings along the way. On these Edinburgh food tours we try to introduce you to as many passionate independent local food suppliers – as time and appetite allow with a soupcon of New Town history thrown in!

Each Safari lasts about three hours with at least five strategically arranged food and drink tastings along the way, with loo and water stops included.

* Safari – the word dates from 19th Century Arabic,  safarīya: to travel

Bohemian Broughton

Bohemian Broughton

  • At least 5 food and drink stops
  • Scottish gin tasting in the coolest kilt shop
  • Iconic homemade veggie haggis - perfect for haggis beginners!
  • Scones jam and cream in a vintage tea shop
  • Marshmallows made on the premises - gin and tonic anyone?
Stockbridge Village and Beyond

Stockbridge Village and Beyond

  • At least 5 food and drink stops
  • Steaming bowl of Shetland mussels in a Georgian town house
  • Organic chocolate made in Edinburgh
  • Dram of single malt whisky in a former mews house
  • Scottish cheese tasting in specialist cheese shop
Sunday Stockbridge Market

Sunday Stockbridge Market

  • Amazing doughnuts fresh from the oven
  • Stroll along historic waterbanks - otter or herons optional sightings!
  • Cheese tasting at iconic cheese shop
  • Pre paid tastings at weekly food market from smoked fish to local jams
  • Because its Sunday - tapas and sherry to finish

Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers

Gift vouchers are the perfect present for friends relocating to Edinburgh, residents of Edinburgh, honeymooners to Scotland and instant presents – if you have forgotten some one’s birthday, just click on the link and you buy and send a personalised gift voucher or e certificate

Safari vouchers are £50 per person are valid for a year from payment. Recipients just go on the website to book.

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Latest News

The Ivy will definitely flourish!

The Ivy on the Square (St Andrews Square) opens tonight – 20 September  – I went last week to an opening – lovely balmy night – and we found ourselves after several truffle rice balls and steak on a stick…

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Bespoke Tours

Bespoke Tours

We are always delighted to offer bespoke tours from groups of two to thirty two plus! We can adapt the tour or added stops if requested. A group of 30 hens embraced the safari theme and wore safari hats – a surreal scene to see thirty safari hats bobbing past Georgian pillars. 

Another group asked for music and food and we gave them the red carpet treatment with a piper and drummer and traditional Scottish harp and fiddles to accompany their haggis neeps and tattie experience.

Email Nell nell.nelson@btinternet.com to discuss how we can create a food and drink walking tour to give you and your group a unique and memorable insight to Edinburgh

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