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Starbucks Waterstones

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Princes Street and Gardens
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128 Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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This place is really big. The library is on four flours. In the last floor, this is a Caf�. The hot white chocolate is so famous and the atmosphere is pleasant.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
Isaline D
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Martigny, Switzerland
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Martigny, Switzerland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 via mobile

This place is really big. The library is on four flours. In the last floor, this is a Caf�. The hot white chocolate is so famous and the atmosphere is pleasant.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This is Café W now not Starbucks! Visited with my family for a break in shopping and sightseeing. My 12 yo son is Celiac so on a gluten free diet. Cafes with displays of cakes are usually a challenge where a choice of 1 gluten free option is usually more than you can hope for. Not here, they had 2... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I came here late afternoon on a Saturday and the place was packed. Spotted one empty seat so decided to stay and claimed that one quickly! I had a large Americano with a fruit scone and jam. Both were good, the scone was big and fresh and came with the little individual pots of Tiptree jam, choice of flavour which... More 

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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32 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

No longer a Starbucks and probably all the better for it. Reasonably priced, friendly and helpful staff, great views, nice surroundings. We got a seat even at the height of the Festival. We will return.

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London, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Cafe W stocks cakes and panini from local bakeries - they are fantastic! It's a beautiful place to sit with great views of the castle. I'd gladly stay here for hours. Only criticism was one slightly feeble coffee, made by a trainee, but that's probably a one-off occurrence.

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Yorkshire
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Great coffee great snacks good atmosphere kind staff in beautiful Edinburgh Great hideout on a rainy day to write your reviews or novels

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Kortrijk
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Delicious cupcakes in the starbucks cafe at Waterstones. Nice, large space where silence rules. Also a beautiful sight at the Edinburgh castle.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013 via mobile

After a long day of touring, Waterstone's is a great place to relax and have a cup of tea! Their selection of books is wonderful, and staff are happy and willing to help with your book search! There are three floors, although the second and third are exceptional, as a huge window extends from one floor to the next, allowing... More 

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Middlesbrough
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

We visited this coffee shop to rest our feet after a busy day in the city. It is no longer a Starbucks, I think they get their cakes (which looked delicious) and things from a local bakery. A nice range of drinks. If you're lucky, you'll get a seat with a view looking over Prince's Street. A great place for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

wow, this place is filled with books and so many of 'em on so many different topics, arranged neatly , distributed over 3 giant floors, so much space, a nice little starbucks somewhere on the 3rd floor. When i came out of the store i realised i already spent 5 hours inside reading and looking through variety of books. I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 128 Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Princes Street and Gardens
  • Neighborhood: Princes Street and Gardens

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop

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Staying in Princes Street and Gardens

Neighborhood Profile
Princes Street and Gardens
Glaswegians tease Edinburghers that their High Street is only half one, since buildings only line one side. But what they don’t say is how extraordinary the views are from Princes Street as a result. From here you look onto expansive and decorative public gardens beneath the mighty basalt cliffs on which Edinburgh’s Castle stands proud above the rest of the dramatic old town skyline. Yet many of those on Princes Street look the other way, as they’re concerned with chain store shopping or catching the tram or a train at main train station Waverley. But it’s not all utility here; the Scottish National Gallery rewards purposeless wandering, and December’s huge winter market in the gardens begins a season of revelry which ends with Hogmanay, Britain’s largest New Year’s street party.