An Organic, Natural Food Retailer in the Heart of the City
Find all you need for your healthy lifestyle
Natural Products in Scotland's Capital City and Online
Visit Real Foods, In Store, Online or Mobile and enjoy our ever expanding product range of more than 10,000 natural, organic, health and wholefood lines
Leading the Way
For over 40 years Real Foods has been selling natural, organic and vegetarian food in Edinburgh and worldwide. When you visit our shops you are visiting the largest independent Scottish retailer of Organic, Fairtrade, Vegetarian and Special Diet foods.
Looking for Something Different?
Ask any of our team if you cannot find what you are looking for and they will help you find or order whatever you need.
Real Foods has the ability to source and supply any product within the natural foods and alternative therapies market. Whether you are shopping in one of our two established Edinburgh stores or in our thriving web shop, the Real Foods team is on hand to help and to advise.
From Mail Orders to Web Orders
Real Foods Worldwide
Today Real Foods' mail order business is flourishing through the website. Orders are dispatched daily to customers who want vegetarian, vegan, organic, Fairtrade, free-from and healthy foods delivered to their door.
Customers who buy online are tapping into the expertise that has maintained Real Foods at the forefront of natural food retailing for over 50 years. When you place an order a dedicated team of pickers works overnight to find the products you need and will load them into your carefully labelled order box. If we have everything you ordered our day team will pack everything from your box and will dispatch it the day after you ordered it on one of our 24 hour delivery services. If you have ordered something that we have sold out of, then we will check our supply chain and let you know, by email, when we expect it to arrive. The rest of your order will remain in your order box until your order is complete.
If you do not want to wait for your order you can let us know and we will send it out with all available products the day after you ordered it.
Fresh food is sent out three days a week and orders are dispatched within hours of being picked and packed to ensure maximum freshness on arrival with you.
Real Foods in Edinburgh
Real Foods has been selling natural, healthy food in Edinburgh since 1975. We have 100s of suppliers many of which are small local businesses. Fresh product arrives daily to serve our instore and online customers. We believe that products should not be left lying around in storage and we aim to get the freshest, highest quality product to all our customers.
We are constantly seeking out new and interesting items for our customers to enjoy and with 1000s of customers everyday we are pleased that we are able to provide healthy alternatives to processed foods at prices the public can afford.
The Real Foods stores are open every day of the year except Christmas and Boxing Days and January 1st and 2nd. Outside of opening hours we have an additional team of busy people who are hard at work picking stock for our web customers and stocking the shelves ready for the next day's customers. With the exception of our four days of holiday each year there are things happening in our stores all through the day and night.
Both Real Foods shops are intimate and friendly with a passionate, knowledgeable team who are always willing to offer advice on a diverse range of unique and difficult to find products. If you would like to know more about special diets, or simply how to live a greener life they are happy to help.
Free health advice is available in store from our interactive, touch screen kiosks or use the system free of charge via the health and nutrition button on this website.
With almost 40 years trading in Edinburgh, the shops have become an integral part of the local community. Real Foods believes in providing the best customer service and we are proud of the fact that many of our customers have built up long-term friendships with our team.
Real Foods Team
With an international reputation as the longest established successful organic food trading company in Britain, we are proud to introduce you to some of the important people who have helped to contribute to that success:
A few of the over 60 dedicated staff
Other Essential Team Members
Learn more about our staff, customers, suppliers and our local area by reading our Community pages
Real Foods History
Real Foods opened in Edinburgh in 1975. However, that was not the beginning. Real Foods started trading in 1963 selling organic vegetables on a market stall in the south of England. At about the same time we started to sell macrobiotic foods imported from Belgium and Japan as macrobiotics could not be sourced in the UK. It was then a small step to start buying commodities from a London merchant to feed the 'Aldermaston Ban the Bomb' marchers who would assemble at an Elizabethan mansion in the Chilterns prior to marching.
When it opened in Edinburgh, Real Foods was the capital's first natural food shop. Starting a revolution in food retailing and eating patterns, it introduced the concept of selling natural foods loose and in bulk to the public. The aim was to provide healthy alternatives to processed foods at prices the public could afford. The philosophy has always been that 'the more you buy, the less it will cost per lb or nowadays, per g or kg'.
Our Broughton Street store was originally opened as a warehouse to store imported goods and also to serve as a mail order warehouse for the dispatch of international orders. Shelving, still in the store today, was installed made from recycled, second-hand ex-local government oak desks. Once shelved the next obvious step was to invite the buying public in.
Our Tollcross store opened its doors in 1981 to give customers on the other side of the city an opportunity to shop for healthy food locally.
Ethical and Environmentally Friendly Shopping
Wanting to Save the Planet for Future Generations
Real Foods are committed ethical outlets stocking Fairtrade and environmentally friendly products. Always conscious of our impact on the environment, we strive to recycle and conserve energy in as many ways as possible.
To reduce our carbon footprint, we offer a range of locally sourced products including honey, real ales, wines and a fresh selection of organic fruit, vegetables and salads.
Learn more about Real Foods by looking at our Community pages