Eat the World Leith Walk
Leith Walk has been on the international food stage since the Romans arrived with amphoras of wine for R and R. This international food tour of Leith Walk reflects Scotland’s wealth of visitors who stayed and brought their fantastic cooking.
I was spoilt for choice when devising this international food tour. So many vibrant cultures have made this area of Edinburgh their home. The Walk developed from ramparts which ran from Calton Hill to Leith to keep Cromwell at bay – it didn’t work.
Rich in history and food culture – this is a vibrant international food walk. Leith Walk was originally a rough track linking the port of Leith ( discover more about Leith on the Leith food tour) with the city of Edinburgh. Over time, a regular horse and coach service transported people from port to city and back, then the Walk saw various incarnations of trams and buses and more trams.
We enjoy a positive smorgasbord of international food on Leith Walk :
Swedish meatballs, and Swedish cocktails in a former Victorian wine merchant’s shop. Turkish boreks, Colombian empanadas made to order and enjoyed with Leith Juice – a local ale brewed within walking distance. Kenyan chickpea and coconut curry is quite spicy, thanks to the Indians who came over in the 18th century to build railways in Kenya and stayed.
Poppy from Crete is delighted to serve you homemade Greek orange cake and dark sweet Greek coffee – and could well end up enticed onto the dance floor, once the ouzo starts flowing on this international celebration of food on Leith Walk
And as we are in Scotland, we pop into a traditional Scottish sweetie shop at the bottom of the Walk for a wee poke of Scottish sweeties – which has to include a Saltire sweetie and an Irn Bru Jelly Baby.