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St Giles Cafe & Bar

#471 of 1,854 Restaurants in Edinburgh
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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: Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 18
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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
Well worth the stop!

Excellent choice for quick bite. We enjoyed well-presented cheese and cracker plate, which was plenty for two. The restaurant location provided excellent view of nearby Royal Mile activities.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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Dumbarton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This has been a favourite coffee stop for years and my recent visit was no exception. Although in the middle of the Edinburgh Festival the service was still good. Well situated just off The Royal Mile and St Giles Cathedral.

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amishboy51
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Excellent choice for quick bite. We enjoyed well-presented cheese and cracker plate, which was plenty for two. The restaurant location provided excellent view of nearby Royal Mile activities.

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Cobham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

very small and cramped. service inefficient. Four of us went for breakfast. if you do not have a sweet tooth the only "breakfast" is a bacon roll. No full breakfast. all other breakfast items are incredibly sweet e.g. waffles with maple syrup, croissant, muesli with honey etc. so i had to go for a bacon roll which was a total... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We ordered a double espresso, cappuccino, almond croissant and scone. We waited quite a while to get the order, the coffees arrived quite a few minutes before the food and had drunk half of it before they arrived. Although the food was nice and had been heated up, I do not understand why we had to wait so long. It... More 

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Coppell, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We stopped in and all had Tomato Soup with Croissant and it was amazing! Just around the corner from St. Giles Cathedral and very quaint.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Poor coffee and got breakfast order wrong. Better options in Edinburgh overall so not worth it really. Shame as its lovely inside and in a nice area

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Stirling, Scotland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Stopped here with friends at the start of a day out in Edinburgh - a coffee to refresh us after our train journey. We ordered three different coffees and scones and we were served promptly. Coffees were lovely. Scones came toasted which we hadn't asked for or expected but were nice nonetheless. Each scone came with two pats of butter... More 

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Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We originally ate here in June 2012 and came back, bring the rest of our family with us. The bacon waffles are delicious! Its not a large cafe, but the food is great at a reasonable price. I would definitely recommend this cafe!

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

A great location just,off the mile. Friendly staff and interesting decor. Nice to sit at one of the pavement tables and watch the world go by. We only had coffee but the lunch that other people were being served looked really delicious.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We were looking for somewhere for a quick coffee and were fortunate to find a table here. The location is just off the Royal Mile and it's a nice old building with very high ceilings, interesting décor and a casual atmosphere. We only had drinks as we had a restaurant booked later but the coffee was very good and reasonably... More 

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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
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • 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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