2 Best Restaurants in Lerwick, Orkney and Shetland Islands


$$ Fodor's choice
Sitting on rocks on the ebb (or fjara in Faroese) of Brewick Bay, the views from this large wood-and-glass house allow you to look at otters and seals between courses. The menu is very simple: big breakfasts, coffees, and cake—including an array of gluten-free items—soup and huge salads, as well as Shetland mussels or fish-and-chips for lunch. In the evening there's grilled fish, Shetland lamb, or an always-interesting vegetarian option.

The Peerie Shop Cafe

$ Fodor's choice

Who would believe you could get such good cappuccino at 60 degrees north? In back of the popular Lerwick knitwear shop is a modish, consistently good café that sells filled sponge cakes, lip-smackingly good soups, and, yes, the best coffee on the islands. It's always busy and Shetlanders do like to talk, so be prepared to hang around for a table during lunchtime. Open at 8 am, it's perfect for those coming off the boat.

Esplanade, Lerwick, ZE1 OLL, Scotland
Known For
  • excellent coffee
  • full Scottish breakfast
  • crowds of locals
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. No dinner