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Starbucks Waterstones

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128 Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Dining options: Breakfast, Seating, Takeout

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Good venue - coffee shop in the book shop and has lovely views over Princes Street Gardens - really worth a visit - coffee is good even if the food is th standard fare

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 29, 2015
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Edinburgh
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39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The outlook is lovely over to Princes St gardens and Edinburgh Castle. The coffee is served in very small cups and costs £2.90 for a flat white. A pleasant place to spend an hour if you can afford it.

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Thank Corbettbagger
Cape Town
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Good venue - coffee shop in the book shop and has lovely views over Princes Street Gardens - really worth a visit - coffee is good even if the food is th standard fare

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Thank CapeScottish
Nantucket, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Great Starbucks! Huge inside and many seating areas. THe staff is friendly and the selection is bigger than in US.

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Thank KTNDWH
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Bookstore cafe with large seating area and lovely view, slap bang in front of the castle. Central location and honest prices. Staff ok.

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Thank Giuseppe M
New York
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59 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Being used to the eye-opening kick when consuming Starbucks coffee in the morning in the U.S., we were disappointed by the diluted flavor of the coffee here.

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Thank Travelpro56V
Martigny, Switzerland
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 via mobile

This place is really big. The library is on four flours. In the last floor, this is a Caf�. The hot white chocolate is so famous and the atmosphere is pleasant.

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Thank Isaline D
Leeds, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This is Café W now not Starbucks! Visited with my family for a break in shopping and sightseeing. My 12 yo son is Celiac so on a gluten free diet. Cafes with displays of cakes are usually a challenge where a choice of 1 gluten free option is usually more than you can hope for. Not here, they had 2... More 

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Thank VicandJohn
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 via mobile

I came here late afternoon on a Saturday and the place was packed. Spotted one empty seat so decided to stay and claimed that one quickly! I had a large Americano with a fruit scone and jam. Both were good, the scone was big and fresh and came with the little individual pots of Tiptree jam, choice of flavour which... More 

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Thank Niamh A
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

No longer a Starbucks and probably all the better for it. Reasonably priced, friendly and helpful staff, great views, nice surroundings. We got a seat even at the height of the Festival. We will return.

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Thank Gareth J
London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

Cafe W stocks cakes and panini from local bakeries - they are fantastic! It's a beautiful place to sit with great views of the castle. I'd gladly stay here for hours. Only criticism was one slightly feeble coffee, made by a trainee, but that's probably a one-off occurrence.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 128 Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Princes Street and Gardens
  • Neighborhood: Princes Street and Gardens

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cafe, Seafood

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Neighborhood Profile
Princes Street and Gardens
Glaswegians tease Edinburghers that their High Street is only half one, since buildings only line one side. But what they don’t say is how extraordinary the views are from Princes Street as a result. From here you look onto expansive and decorative public gardens beneath the mighty basalt cliffs on which Edinburgh’s Castle stands proud above the rest of the dramatic old town skyline. Yet many of those on Princes Street look the other way, as they’re concerned with chain store shopping or catching the tram or a train at main train station Waverley. But it’s not all utility here; the Scottish National Gallery rewards purposeless wandering, and December’s huge winter market in the gardens begins a season of revelry which ends with Hogmanay, Britain’s largest New Year’s street party.
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