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St Giles Cafe & Bar

#229 of 1,769 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Old Town
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8-10 St. Giles Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PT, Scotland
+44 (0)131 225 6267
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sutton, null, United Kingdom
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214 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped in as trying to find a dry spot for coffee! Had their bacon rolls which were great. Coffee was great too. Staff friendly and quickly served. Off the royal mile and worth going to for quick break!

Thank Michelle J
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17 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had some time to kill before my tour of Mary KIng's Close and stopped here for lunch. I had a lovely salmon quiche (served with salad) and a coffee. It was the nicest of several cafes I tried on this trip. The staff is very pleasant and prices are good.

Thank Susan B
Wales, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whether wanting a hot drink or a meal, this restaurant/cafe is worth a visit. The tea and scones were a reasonable price and tasted great.

Thank jeny5
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Saint Giles Café Bar The staff was nice, and the bar is cozy but the coffee was not the best. We ordered cappuccino and lattes, and they tasted only like milk. When we said so, they took the latte back and we got a new one with more coffee but it was still not the beat. The staff was very... More 

Thank Marta .
Tucson, Arizona
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66 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This little restaurant was our first meal Edinburgh. There was no waiting because the food and soups are already prepared. We really liked the soups and the tart. The food was and not expensive.

Thank Desert__Duo03
Clovis, California, United States
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great coffee and tea drinks and nice breakfast menu to prepare you for a day of sightseeing. I was very happy that I could get yogurt with granola, oatmeal, or other options lighter than a full Scottish breakfast and more hearty than a pastry. Service was good.

Thank Sarah L
Nokomis, Florida
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were on the Princess British Isles Cruise in June and were on our way up to the castle but had not eaten much before so we decided to get of the main street and try this lovely quaint eatery. What a find. Very comfortable, wood everything. We had the waffle and they were the best ever. Coffee and capucuino... More 

Thank Gail O
Foster City, California, United States
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101 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A nice place to stop and grab a bite or have some coffee - right off the Royal Mile. We had the waffles with bacon off the breakfast menu and boy was it worth it. No syrup required. Perfectly done waffles with maple sweet bacon. The place is small and sometimes fills up so plan accordingly. Service is prompt and... More 

Thank FCtravler
Williamsburg, Virginia
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178 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Were looking for dinner, but all the pubs we tried were full. Came across this place. More of a sandwich/lunch place, but suitable for a light dinner. Trip Advisor marked it as closed during the time we were there, but it obviously wasn't. They serve breakfast at dinner if that's your thing.

Thank pgolden
Phoenix, Arizona
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a lovely breakfast here and would definitely go back. The coffee was good, the food was good, the atmosphere was simple but good. Get there early because it is busy--locals seem to love it.

Thank doglover20162016

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cafe, European, British, Scottish, Gluten Free
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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

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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.
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