Let’s face it; the meeting room just isn’t as exciting as it used to be. You and the person you’re meeting tomorrow at 1pm are both politely discussing (see: arguing) who’s getting to see the city and get a fresh of breath air on their way to their meeting. Why not make it both of you? With so many delicious restaurants and quirky cafes, there is no shortage of options for your next business lunch in Edinburgh. As big fans of lunch meetings, we’ve taken the time to enjoy a lot of them and have pulled together our top picks.
Address: 232 Morrison Street, EH3 8EA. MILK have multiple cafes across the city but we prefer their Morrison Street site for a meeting.
Ideal for: A casual catch up over coffee.
A quaint cafe in the west end of Edinburgh, MILK’s cosy surroundings and friendly staff is sure to kick-off your catch-up to a great start. MILK pride themselves on their speciality baking. Their team always strive to bring fun, health and seasonal options to their menus, especially for dietary restrictions such as vegan and gluten-free.
What really makes them ideal for a business lunch is the different way that you can enjoy their food. MILK can give you food on the go, ideal for if you need to eat on the way to your meet up. They can even provide larger catering services with delivery options. What can spice up your next team meeting more than an unexpected delivery of cake?
Fountain Court guests can enjoy a 10% discount on all food and soft drinks.
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Address: 94b Fountainbridge, EH3 9QA
Ideal for: A casual catch up over coffee.
Loudons is a great choice if you’re looking for a coffee or bite to eat in the West end. The laid-back atmosphere has made it an ever-popular establishment with the locals. Serving breakfast, lunch, homemade cakes and artisan coffees, they pride themselves on using natural ingredients and catering for all types of dietary requirements, including vegan and gluten-free options.
The varied menu gives you the choice of fresh juices, hot drinks, a snack or lunch. This allows plenty of versatility regarding the type and duration of meetings that you can have here. We’d recommend Loudons for catching up with a client over a casual coffee. Although Loudons can be busy, the buzz of chatter creates a surprisingly intimate meeting space, preventing any awkward silences.
Address: 129 Fountainbridge, EH3 9QG
Ideal for: Morning or evening meetings.
A Swedish bar that can host up to 300 people for events and has a fabulous beer garden for warm weather might not seem like an obvious choice for your next business meeting, but there’s something about Akva that makes it the perfect setting.
From the incredibly friendly staff to the delicious menu (featuring not only Swedish food but light bites and burgers alike), Akva is a great choice. The spacious and airy feel inside the restaurant allows for a comfortable and laid back meeting space.
Meeting in Akva at around 10am or 2pm will give you a quiet environment for your meeting, but don’t be afraid to hold off until 5pm if you want a livelier atmosphere.
Fountain Court guests can enjoy a 10% discount on all food and drink.
Address: 3a St Andrew Square, EH2 2BD
Ideal for: Morning meetings.
Dishoom is on the tip of everyone’s tongue when it comes to best of Bombay Cafes, and the Edinburgh restaurant is no exception. If you’re planning an early-mid morning meeting then look no further. Their breakfast menu is phenomenal and has a diverse range of foods; there really is something to please everyone. From Kerjriwal to Keema per Eedu, there will be no shortage of talking points as you explore their menu together.
And don’t panic if you or your client are a fussy eater; their breakfast naan breads are similar to a morning roll, but better. Each naan is freshly baked — by hand, and to order — in the tandoor oven and importantly they are delightfully delicious. From previous experiences, you’ll be in the good company of other business meetings during your client brunch.
Address: 14 George St, EH2 2PF
Ideal for: Evening meetings.
Has your appointment come to Edinburgh specifically to meet with you? Time to wow them! The Dome is one of the most impressive restaurants that Edinburgh has to offer.
During the Christmas period it gets even more extravagant, with a tree iconic to the city’s festivities. People travel from far and wide to have a glimpse at the dome over the festive period – a business lunch at the Dome in December might be just the statement piece you need to make a lasting impression. All of this before you’ve even had a chance to sample their divine dishes!
You may have to book in advance during busier times of year, so make sure you contact them first to avoid accidentally ruining your meeting before it has even began.
The Dome at Christmas time is sure to impress
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