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An Organic, Natural Food Retailer in the Heart of the City

Find all you need for your healthy lifestyle in Scotland's capital city and online at Real Foods

Visit Real Foods, instore, online or with your mobile and enjoy our ever expanding product range of more than 10,000 natural, organic, health and wholefood products.

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, Vegetarian, VeganSpecial Diet and Fairtrade products.

Real Foods has been selling natural, healthy food in Edinburgh since 1975. We have 100s of suppliers many of which are small local businesses and we have fresh product arriving daily to serve our instore and online customers. We aim to get the freshest, highest quality product to all our customers.

Visit our charming and historical Edinburgh shops

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.

Lots of exciting healthy products available at Real Foods

From 'Mail Order' to Web Orders

Real Foods Worldwide

Yesterday's Real Foods' mail order business is flourishing through today's website. Orders are dispatched daily, all over the world, to customers in needing vegetarian, vegan, organic, Fairtrade, free-from healthy foods and ethical products delivered to their door.

Customers who shop online with us are tapping into the expertise that has maintained Real Foods at the forefront of natural food retailing for over 50 years and when you place an order with us you've given your order to a dedicated team working around the clock to pick, pack and dispatch your order as quickly as possible to your door via a 24 hour delivery service.

An original Real Foods advert from 1976 published in the Scotsman

Real Foods in Edinburgh

We are constantly seeking out new and interesting items for our customers to enjoy and with 1000s of customers every day, 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 charming and friendly with an enthusiastic and knowledgeable team, 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 in a greener and more eco-friendly way they are happy to help point you in the right direction.

With almost 40 years trading in Edinburgh, the shops have become an integral part of the local community and have become landmarks in the city. 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.

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 at Real Foods

Sophie Customer Service Manager

Meet Sophie our Webshop Manager



Meet Balazs our Assistant Webshop Manager



Meet Agnieszka, Manager at our Brougham Street Shop in Tollcross


You can learn more about our staff, customers, suppliers and our local area by reading our Community page.

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 from the beginning has always been 'the more you buy, the less it will cost per lb' and the only thing which has changed about in all those years is the conversion to metric.

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.

You can  also find out more about Real Foods by looking at our Community page.