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Cafe on the Mound

16 North Bank Street | The Mound, Edinburgh EH1 2LP, Scotland
+44 131 226 7809
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good30%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“sandwiches” (15 reviews)
“soup” (15 reviews)
“cake” (9 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Soups, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
16 North Bank Street | The Mound, Edinburgh EH1 2LP, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice place for breakfast. Good breakfast options at reasonable prices ranging from just a roll with sausage/bacon, full cooked breakfast or just scrambled egg on toast. I had the sausage and bacon bap which was very good. Loads of bacon and really nice sausages. Coffee...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank flashsam7267
Reviewed 22 October 2018

Good coffee and cake, great location for the castle or Royal Mile. Nice relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff and reasonable prices.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Yay B
Reviewed 8 October 2018

Cafe on the Mound was the first place that we stopped to eat after an overnight flight and dropping our bags at the hotel. The coffee and scones left an excellent first impression.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank HVRoadWarrior
Reviewed 27 September 2018

This was our first stop after arriving in Edinburgh so it was a much needed break after our journey. We ordered a bacon and cheese on toast and a gorgeous piece of cake, the food was excellent, our only grievance was the price for a...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank derek p
Peter G, Owner at Cafe on the Mound, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2018

Thank you for your great review; glad you enjoyed our cafe. Our price for a pot of regular tea is, however, £2.20. As this price is set up in the till system I am not sure how you were charged £3 - I will have...More

Reviewed 24 September 2018

I popped in on Saturday for a quick sugar hit and grabbed a piece rhubarb pistachio tiffin. TOTAL HEAVEN - and I know cake! Such a chilled vibe, lovely sunny spot. A treasure of a cafe, just off the Royal Mile. Thanks CotM - wish...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Louise V
Reviewed 25 August 2018 via mobile

So will situated just above the Scottish National Gallery on the Mound. When we visited it seemed to be coping well with lots of customers. It saved the day for us as we had been walking for a while and all the coffee outlets we...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Y9506WFronalds
Reviewed 14 August 2018

Great cafe, we had lunch on the hoof. Excellent range of food, sandwiches, cakes, etc. Perfect before catching shows at the Assembly Hall

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

Nice stop half way up the walk to the Royal Mile from Princes Street Gardens. Plenty of nice snacks, great service. Memorable Oor Willie cartoon strips on the back of a door on the way to the toilets for those who may remember !!

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank cant83
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

I arrived in Edinburgh on an early train with time to spare before a Festival event and had an excellent Scottish Breakfast at this friendly and welcoming spot, which was not uncomfortably busy despite the crowds of festival goers (myself included). Friendly staff, good food...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank markdQ7577SO
Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

A very welcoming and homely vibe with great customer service. The staff are all very knowledgeable and friendly. Me and my partner were treated to a brie and cranberry panini with a lovely fresh side salad. Our server Daniel was a breath of fresh air...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank lukem158
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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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$11
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 17:30
08:00 - 17:30
08:00 - 17:30
08:00 - 17:30
08:00 - 17:30
09:00 - 17:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16 North Bank Street | The Mound, Edinburgh EH1 2LP, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 226 7809
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The cafe opened in March 2012, originally under the name Cafe Musa. It is privately owned and sits near the top of the Mound with spectacular views over Princes Street to Fife. Handy for the High Street or on your way to the Castle from the New Town. We make on the premises our own soups and main course specials and an increasing range of cakes and bakery items. During the Edinburgh Festival we sell beer and wine. We changed our name to Cafe on the Mound in Summer 2016.
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