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Starbucks Waterstones

Princes Street and Gardens
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128 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4AD, Scotland
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

Not as expensive as you might think. The friendliness of the staff made for a very welcome experience!

Thank Globetrotters478
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016

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.

Thank _alison_barclay01
Cape Town
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33 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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

Thank CapeScottish
Nantucket, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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.

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 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.

Thank Giuseppe M
New York
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77 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 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.

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.

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 

Thank VicandJohn
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 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 

Thank Niamh A
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 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.

Thank Gannatus

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 128 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4AD, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Princes Street and Gardens
  • Neighborhood: Princes Street and Gardens

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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