Eating and Drinking

Places to eat and drink are marked in green circles on the map here

You can’t walk too far in St Andrews without passing a pub, cafe, or restaurant, but we’ve pointed out some of our favourites for you. Here’s a bit more information about the places on the map:

Coffee shops:

Zest Cafe – across from the psychology building, this is an easy coffee stop. They also have really cool work policies for people facing barriers to employment.

Gorgeous – if you prefer tea and scones over coffee, this is your place. Seating is upstairs or grab a scone to go.

Taste – amazing coffee (I recommend the dirty chai with soy milk!) and close to the library. Not much seating, but probably the best coffee in town.

Cottage Kitchen – delightful little cafe with an excellent cake selection (including gluten free options). Also a nice place for lunch, but be warned – their pies are massive!

Light meals:

Cherries – also across from the psychology building, this is a good place for lunch, with tasty soup and “build your own” sandwiches, wraps, jacket potatoes, and paninis.

Zest Salad Bar – same owners and concept as Zest Cafe, but specialising in “build your own” salads and smoothies.

The North Point – is a small cafe at the very end of North Street. They have homemade soups, bagels, hot sandwiches, and a great selection of home-baking (look our for their daily specials – particularly the scones).

Janettas Gelateria – I’m going to go ahead and call gelato a meal, especially if you go for Waffle Wednesday. Great gelato, but be prepared for long lineups.

Bigger meals:

Little Italy – St Andrews has a few Italian restaurants, but this is my favourite. Cosy restaurant, great food. It is quite a busy place though, so a reservation is recommended.

Maisha – really nice Indian food, and they do a student menu with very reasonable prices.

Forgans – Nouveau Scottish Cuisine in a nice atmosphere. They also have Ceilidh dances, so look up their website for those dates.

Tailend – wouldn’t be a trip to Scotland without fish’n’chips, and Tailend do the best in town. Choose whether to sit-in or take-away.


St Andrews Brewing Company – this new craft brewery has quickly become a St Andrews’ favourite. Their own beers are always on tap, accompanied by a range of interesting brews from around the world.

The Criterion – across from the psychology building, this is a convenient traditional pub with a good selection of gin and whisky. They also do an excellent pub quiz every Sunday at 8pm.

The Central – if you’re going out with a bigger group, the Central has plenty of seating indoors and out, and a great selection of whiskys.

Whey Pat Tavern – the Whey Pat is a lower-key local pub, with dart boards and fantastic nachos (vegetarian and haggis options).