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St Giles Cafe & Bar

#423 of 1,826 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: Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch, Reservations

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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
Good coffee in a lovely setting.

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
Debbie C
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We had just arrived in Edinburgh by train, dropped our bags off at the Witchery and decided on something light to eat and a beer. We like the look of St.Giles. It's a lovely looking building, internally it's quite dramatic, really high ceilings and a mix of wooden bric and brac and stuff. Not sure what it's supposed to be... More 

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Stopped in the Cafe aside of Fraser Suite Hotel for a Coke and some pastry. It is small but very friendly stop off to take a break and get your travels together. Side walk service was great for a nice day.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We popped into this cafe for mid-morning coffee and cake and we were not disappointed. We went inside to order and we each had a coffee and shared a moist, tasty slice of courgette and cinnamon cake, which we took outside to eat in the rare sunshine in the courtyard just off the Royal Mile. The quiche and other lunchtime... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Dropped in for a late lunch after a long few hours of sight seeing. Even though it was late in the day for lunch, the food was fresh and excellent. The staff was very attentive and helpful. It's a great option close to many of the sights in old town.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

If you are need of a little respite while walking the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, stop off at St. Giles Cafe. The salmon quiche was exquisite. The waffles and bacon tasty. They have an ample sampling of teas and coffees but you must try that Edinburgh Mist, a combination of Earl Grey, vanilla syrup, cream, and cinnamon. Yummy.

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Banff, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

just off Royal Mile near St Giles Cathedral - small number of outside tables - very busy inside - chose outside table - very warm day - service appeared to be slow, but this may have been because of demand. Chose a Ciabatta with Bacon & Brie - not a good option as Brie was very tasteless - my wife... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Off the royal mile but just off so it is a little relief from the rush! Good for breakfast lunch or a snack. I has a scone nicely toasted! Do drop in

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I was staying at a hotel next door and I came hear every day because the breakfast was cheaper than the hotel and had more variety. Highly recommend. Just off the Royal Mile on the opposite side of St. Giles' Cathedral.

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Additional Information about St Giles Cafe & Bar

Address: 8-10 St Giles Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PT, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 (0)131 225 6267
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
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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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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