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St Giles Cafe & Bar

#440 of 1,791 Restaurants in Edinburgh
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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, Coffee & Tea, Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night, 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
Great place to stop for a cup of coffee and a snack!

We stopped for some tea and coffee and to warm up while waiting for our tour to start in Edinburgh. It was a lovely cafe with high ceilings and great exposed stone walls that made for a lovely atmosphere. Our drinks were very good as was the croissant that I got. My father tried a coconut... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
jamss22
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Asheville, North Carolina
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Asheville, North Carolina
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

We stopped for some tea and coffee and to warm up while waiting for our tour to start in Edinburgh. It was a lovely cafe with high ceilings and great exposed stone walls that made for a lovely atmosphere. Our drinks were very good as was the croissant that I got. My father tried a coconut macaroon which was so... More 

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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81 reviews 81 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Neither great nor bad - the St Giles delivers what it promises. Decent coffee and efficient service. Welcoming to tourists.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

After walking around the castle for a few hours it was time to take a moment a chill. We walked off and got a little lost and came across this place. At first we thought grab a coffee and wonder off to find somewhere for some lunch. But after reviewing the menu, we decided to try this place. We both... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Stopped here for a late lunch. The food is great, I had bacon and brie sandwich and my friend the salmon quiche. We both really enjoyed them, and we'll priced for a tourist area. This place is in a great spot just down for the castle.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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58 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I've often passed this place when in Edinburgh but usually it is busy so haven't had a chance to try it out. I was able to stop for coffee this time and while it is a nice place to visit, with friendly staff, I wasn't overly impressed with the quality of the coffee. My companion suggested here as the coffee... More 

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The Colony, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Great coffee stop with restrooms!!!! Staff was pleasant. I would stop there again. Close to St. Giles Cathedral, good place to warm up before wandering around again.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 via mobile

We visited this afternoon and were really charmed by the pleasant staff and delicious food. Of particular note was the St Giles waffle, home made soup and florentine. We felt very chilled and relaxed as we enjoyed the yummy food. It is a lovely place to go and even though I visited with friends today I think it would be... More 

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Neston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We stopped by at lunchtime for a cuppa and a bite to eat. I had tomato and basil soup with slices of bread and butter. My wife had a hot toasted scone with cream and jam. That was nice too. There are only about 7 or 8 tables and when there, were mostly populated by legal types from the courts... More 

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Braintree, United Kingdom
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112 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

We came upon this place when wandering around the Royal Mile. We stopped for tea and cake. The service was good with friendly staff and we enjoyed our drinks and cakes. The Edinburgh Mist tea was surprisingly nice!

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North East England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Found this little place on a side street just off the Royal Mile. Quite an attractive little place. Ordered the waffle with bacon, cheese and maple syrup. Would have been really nice if it wasn't for the fact that there was a bit too much syrup and to make matters worse , the syrup had crystallised. Might return at some... 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

Neighborhood Profile
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.