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I came here the other weekend with the missues. The staff were very polite and helpful. The food was very nice - I went for the tomato lentil soup which was delicious. The prices were a little bit steep, but nothing major and I did...not mind as the food quality was decent. There was a good Track & Track system in place. The cafe is popular with Harry Potter fans, as I think the author used to frequent here. There are nice views to Edinburgh Castle from the rear portion of this cafe. The reviewer below says the toilets are a disgrace, however I thought the whole point in the graffiti is that it has been left by Harry Potter fans who have visited the cafe, so I'm not sure why he's so upset to be honest. My biggest gripe is the fact there is no WiFi which is pretty poor in this day and age. Overall, I would come back here again for a nice bowl of soup, but I would prefer them to get WiFi so I can use my smart phone whilst I'm diningMore

Date of visit: October 2020
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Your Gents toilet ( i can't comment on the ladies) is an utter disgrace, The toilet walls are covered in graffiti, completely covered in graffiti, not tasteful or nice graffiti but, political and sexual, (including images) The cafe was full whilst I was in on...Tuesday, with lots of children, they might not recognise or understand Mandarin / Cantonese characters or sexual imagery but may raise embarrassing questions with their parents or guardians. There was also a framed picture attached to the wall, again, you couldn't see what it was due to the amount of defacement as with the walls.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Didn't realise the HP link, came in because it was raining and close by! Big mistake. The only thing going for it is the HP link and that seems non-existent. Food is awful, staff hurrying you along, extortionate prices. Zero atmosphere. Just visit greyfriars kirkyard...for your HP fix and go elsewhere for food.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Cold , under cooked , poor quality , tepid coffee , small portions, extortionate prices , vague staff .... nice views though. Crock of sh about the Harry Potter connection

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice café with good varied menus including various alcoholic hot chocolates (yummy). Links to JK Rowling writing HP stories here and taking names from nearby graveyard.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was told about this place before even getting to Edinburgh, as a huge Harry Potter fan I had to pay a visit. It was very busy when I arrived but managed to get a table within minutes, we were welcomed by the very friendly staff...and ask if we wanted a drink before ordering food. The food is delicious, I highly recommend the pork sandwich too. But the highlight are the toilets, a place where you can write all sorts of HP based messages anywhere you like. If I ever visit Edinburgh again, I will definitely be returning here!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited here because it's the 'birth place of Harry Potter' and I think the cafe must rely on people visiting for this reason rather than the food. We ordered two Katsu chicken wraps and on the menu is says 'served hot' well it certainly...wasnt that! It was cold and the smallest wrap I have ever seen in my life with very little chicken. And it was £8.95!! Also, each table was full so no social distancing going on. We were really looking forward to going here, but what a let down. We wouldnt return.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Came to visit due to harry potter experience only had a coffee I feel it was very overpriced for a small coffee but nice views of castle

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 24, 2020 via mobile

Just ordered huge amount of tea and a piece of cake for J. K Rowling's sake. Paid 13 of their stuff, the cake was good and the toilets are a comedy to read.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 10, 2020 via mobile

Fantastic Scottish breakfast and great staff! Coffee is great too! Not to mention the birthplace of Harry Potter!

Date of visit: September 2020
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Patisserie Valerie - superior service and food at a fraction of the price but without the HP / JKR connection
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