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St Giles Cafe & Bar

#271 of 1,976 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Neighborhood:
Old Town
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8-10 St Giles Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PT, Scotland
+44 (0)131 225 6267
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8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 21
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Coffee

Delicious homemade cakes and sheets and a variety of hot foods and coffee. Especially good to come in and relax after the rain and cold pretty central along the Royal Mile for a little break.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Mad101
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Townsville, Australia
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Townsville, Australia
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82 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Delicious homemade cakes and sheets and a variety of hot foods and coffee. Especially good to come in and relax after the rain and cold pretty central along the Royal Mile for a little break.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The cafe was so relaxing, warm and the food was delicious. The staff were really friendly and experiencing the special waffle was a highlight of our trip!!!One not to be missed!

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Thank elaineg2323
Ripon, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After a wander around the castle, popped in here for a well earned rest, coffee and toddy. Pleasant surroundings with a homely feel. Staff friendly. Food looked good but we did not partake. Coffee was delicious.

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Thank Jake-Charles
Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stopped here for a pot of tea and cake (which was delicious), really friendly staff who managed to accommodate 3 more guests despite being very busy. The hot food looked very good and it's in a great location. Great for a relaxing sit down and hot drink very close to the castle and just off the Royal Mile.

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Thank Dandrews101
Elgin, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Great place to eat near the Royal Mile. Never had to wait for a table. Nice choices for breakfast, but no eggs on menu.

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Thank PhotoG127
Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Great cafe bar for breakfast ,lunch, coffee and cakes. Efficient and friendly service. Next to the Royal mile and better breakfast than the close by hotels.

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Thank Gordon F
Gladstone, Australia
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120 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

Visited here for lunch. It is a small quaint cafe located just off the royal mile. Enjoyed the vegetarian quiche and sandwich. It took a little while to get our order taken but the meals came out in good time.

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Thank Shonbirds
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23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

What a lovely way to spend an hour. Perfect place and food was delicious very friendly easy access for wheelchairs and lovely ambiance.

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Thank Kay M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

I don't know if it is the range of liqueur coffee, the lovely gluten free chocolate cake, the warm lighting or the stone walls. Perhaps it was the friendly staff but I had great visit and felt so much better after visiting this place.

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Thank Michele H
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

Food was OK but a bit expensive for the quality. Nothing exciting on the menu. For example a toasted sandwich is £7

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8-10 St Giles Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PT, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 (0)131 225 6267

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Old Town

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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