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St Giles Cafe & Bar

Castle / Royal Mile / High St
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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/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night

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  • 62
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  • 71
    Very good
  • 9
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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
Most recent review
The waffle

The waffle was one of the best items of food I've had in my entire life. The staff was friendly, we got away cheaply, and they kindly warmed up milk for my 18 month old.. Awesome!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
Lang B
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

The waffle was one of the best items of food I've had in my entire life. The staff was friendly, we got away cheaply, and they kindly warmed up milk for my 18 month old.. Awesome!

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Ballarat, Australia
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183 reviews 183 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We visited this venue twice during our weekend in Edinburgh, because of its proximity to the Royal Mile. It is located just off the main strip, but this means that it provides respite from the tourist throng. In the course of both visits our group sampled alcoholic refreshment, coffee and hot chocolate. All were excellent. The venue is located in... More 

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Helensburgh, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Lovely croissants and coffee bringing a French style to Edinburgh. Ideal start to the day, coffee and a chocolate croissant

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Polmont, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Great little cafe, very bright and rustic cafe. Great selection and yummy coffee. Scones were perfect. Will be back again

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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We found this place by chance one morning so went for a quick breakfast and loved it! Service was quick and professional, food was delicious and there was plenty of choice. The interior and decor were lovely too, a great cafe with a nice, relaxed atmosphere. Would definitely recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Stumbled across this cafe just looking for a small bite to eat and thought it would just be like any other cafe in Edinburgh but i was wrong hot chocolate and lattes were lovely along with homemade scones and croissants, both were slightly heated n crisp and was great on taste would a little bit expensive but i am happy... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We stopped in for some brunch and were pleasantly surprised by how tasty our food and beverages were. One would assume, being right in the middle of the tourist district, that you could expect average quality. Not so!! Excellent teas and hot chocolate. The waffles were amazing. My soup and bread was the best I'd ever had.

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Berwick upon Tweed, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Waiting to enter the Cathedral on 31st December, the St Giles was the perfect venue to ward off the cold night air with their delicious hot apple cake, waffles and coffee - all served promptly despite being 18.30hrs on New Years Eve!! Staff to be congratulated on even managing a smile when I'm sure they would much rather have been... More 

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London
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Really friendly and justifiably busy City centre cafe. Good tea and coffee and a fair menu of fresh food. We tried salads, quiches and soups. All were uniformly delicious.

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Dublin, Ireland
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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We've often had lunch in this cafe just off the Royal Mile and it's always good. It's usually full, too! Staff are helpful and it's great value.

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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>  > Castle / Royal Mile / High St
  • Neighborhood: Castle / Royal Mile / High St
  • Phone Number: +44 (0)131 225 6267
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?