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St Giles Cafe & Bar

#422 of 1,800 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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9:00 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: Coffee & Tea, Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks, Lunch, 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
Nice oasis

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
Allan S
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

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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southampton
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Looked around for a quick bite to eat go no further than here. Had hummus and warm pitta bread, olives and small Scottish cheese platter, plus 2 beers for under £20. Very great service. Well recommended this place.

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

ham and geese croissant was nice,but expensive, you get only one tea bag and a cup of hot water when you order a cup of tea, while in other places, you get a pot of hot water.

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Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Our group was looking for a place to have a light afternoon meal but was put off by the restaurants on the High Street which so obviously cater to the tourists (and who likes to admit they’re a tourist?). Turning the corner on a side street, we lucked out and found the St. Giles Café, which is housed in an... More 

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Midland, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We were in Edinburgh recently for the day when our cruise ship docked at Queensferry. Towards lunch time pubs and cafes on the Royal Mile began to get very busy. We tried going to several but didn't want to wait for a table. By accident we found the St Giles Cafe and Bar and we were a bit ahead of... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

The food was to die for. Great quirky cafe. Staff friendly and helpful. Good variety of food. Very central near the castle. Reasonable price.

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Regina, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Oh my, served with streaky bacon and syrup was delicious falling off my partner's plate onto mine. The salmon quiche was equally delicious with a lovely crust and soft finished eggy filling. Another lovely spot off the Mile.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Fabulous building when you're inside, lots of exposed brick and stone. The only negative is that the menu was very limited, but what we had was delicious.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

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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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?

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.