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About Checkpoint

Drop in to Checkpoint for some of Edinburgh’s finest cuisine, coffee and an impressive selection of drinks – including an array of IPAs and other craft beers – all provided in an environment that oozes cool. With clean white walls, rustic wooden floors and simple tables and chairs, Checkpoint Edinburgh feels like a bistro or cafe, but offers the cuisine of a full-service restaurant. Open every day of the week from 9am until midnight, this comfortable dining establishment on Bristo Place is there for you when you need it most. Dishes at Checkpoint Edinburgh include the chorizo, kale and bean bowl, the Checkpoint burger, Greek spanakopita, a mouthwatering 6oz rump steak with beetroot slaw and potato rosti, and classic French-Belgian moules mariniere. Get on board by booking ahead – Checkpoint in the Old Town is known to get busy!

Opening Times

Open now - Closes at 1:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
10:00 am - 1:00 am
9:30 am - 1:00 am
9:30 am - 1:00 am
9:30 am - 1:00 am
9:30 am - 1:00 am
9:30 am - 1:00 am


3 Bristo Place, Old Town
Edinburgh EH1 1EY

Menu Highlights



red & white quinoa, roast butternut squash, fried haloumi, spring onion & walnuts (v/vg*/gf)


seared flat iron steak, cherry tomato & field mushroom, with chimichurri (gf)


6oz flat iron steak served with triple cooked chips, blistered cherry tomatoes and garlic butter (gf)

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More about Checkpoint, Edinburgh

There’s very little not to love about Checkpoint Edinburgh. It’s independent, local and comfortable, right in the heart of Edinburgh’s infamous Old Town and a master of great food, great coffee and great tipples. Before you get to all that, however, the dining space itself will welcome you with rustic wood floors and tables, large, almost factory-style windows and plenty of atmospheric lighting. On Bristo Place, Checkpoint Edinburgh is a very pleasant place to sit indeed and is sure to bring a smile to your face. Sit back, relax, use the free Wi-Fi and then get ready to order…

Start your day right with Checkpoint Edinburgh’s daybreak menu – available from opening until 5pm every day – that consists of Checkpoint toasties, philfy rolls and an impressive mix of sweet and savoury options, from pancakes right through to Cumberland sausage with bacon, black pudding, haggis and a fried egg. On the food front at Checkpoint Edinburgh you’ll also find lots of little nibbles, bites and bowls that are fit for tapas-style dining, as well as vibrant salads and a wealth of baked sweet treats. Should you not be feeling hungry, this Edinburgh Old Town gem has an outstanding selection of wines, craft beers and the staff here brew a mean, mean coffee of course. As we said, little not to love, just be sure to book ahead.

133 Checkpoint Reviews

133 Reviews
Noise levels:Pleasant
Waiting time:Very good
Value for money:Good value
Stuart M.2 days ago · 1 review

Wonderful, calm, relaxing space. Lovely, attentive, friendly staff. Incredible, sensibly priced food (mostly with a twist). Had such a wonderful meal. Thank you so much.

Cathryn P.25 days ago · 2 reviews

Lovely food and good service. had lunch here with my partner and had no complaints whatsoever. The service was really attentive and the food was really tasty.

Helen A.a month ago · 1 review

LOVED Checkpoint and would definitely recommend to people. Great atmosphere, delicious and varied menu and good service. Plus v reasonable in terms of price. Definitely book ahead as it was full when we arrived!