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Caffe Piccolo

) #484 of 1,855 Restaurants in Edinburgh £ Italian, Cafe,
29 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HS, Scotland
+44 131 225 8387
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good17%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible7%
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“panini” (17 reviews)
“cakes” (26 reviews)
Open Now
08:30 - 16:00All hours
Italian, Cafe, Scottish, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
29 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HS, Scotland
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11 - 20 of 174 reviews

Reviewed 22 March 2017

We tried this little cafe rather than the overpriced breakfast at the hotel next door. The Italian owner was charming and very eager to please. We both enjoyed a good breakfast in good surroundings

Thank ricktheartist
francesca235, Owner at Caffe Piccolo, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2017

Thanks for your time :-) Have a good summer and hope to see you again. Francesca and staff.

Reviewed 18 March 2017

Small but perfectly formed cafe with friendly staff particularly the owner who gave us suggestions of places to visit, shop and gave directions to get there. Our breakfast (sausage and egg or just egg) in organic artisan Italian bread roll was freshly cooked, HOT and...More

Thank Blessed G
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Altogether, 9 of us went to this little cafe, it has stunning views of the castle and the Scottish breakfast was good. Downside is the breakfast baps were for takeaway only. Other than that it is a lovely little cafe!

Thank Lauren K
francesca235, Owner at Caffe Piccolo, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2017

Thanks for your review :-) have a good spring

Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

We had breakfast here a few times during our visit to Edinburgh. Tasty Scottish breakfast, lovely toasted scones and the nicest cappuccino we've had since we arrived. Great view of the castle. Staff are warm and friendly, manager remembered us and was really chatty. Totally...More

Thank Traveliing4
francesca235, Owner at Caffe Piccolo, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2017

Thanks very much for your time in writing...have a lovely spring to you too!! :-)

Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

I had the Scottish breakfast it was very tasty with the exception of the tomatoes (not a personal fan anyway). Cappuccino was excellent, I ended up ordering a second one! If you can get a window seat the view of the castle is picturesque, especially...More

1  Thank Domhnall D
francesca235, Owner at Caffe Piccolo, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2017

Thanks for your review :-)

Reviewed 19 February 2017

Chose this place on internet recommendation. It has an appealing interior and we were looking forward to eating breakfast seated at the window looking up at the castle. However even though we were the only customers we were not allowed to sit at the window...More

2  Thank Louise J
francesca235, Owner at Caffe Piccolo, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2017

Hi, it's very clear, big on the poster outside, that the discount for student it's only take away and not sitting in. So this review is really not fair as it's your mistake and not ours i am sorry. About the tables. if you wanted...More

Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Found this gem of a place. Not tucked away but on the main boulevard. Expecting big piece tags I was wrong. Great range of wholesome Italian food and low price worth checking out plus you get the great view of the castle

1  Thank Joseph L
francesca235, Owner at Caffe Piccolo, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2017

Thanks dear, have a lovely life! :-)

Reviewed 13 February 2017

How do I start. I visited for breakfast and felt totally robbed by the time that I left. I decided to order bacon, sausage and egg on a rustic roll and my daughter ordered bacon and sausage on a rustic roll. When it arrived the...More

1  Thank BTDEdinburgh
francesca235, Owner at Caffe Piccolo, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2017

Hahah you like greggs? Off course you can't understand when home made organic bread is different. The sausages are 2 and not one in the roll and we never put butter, as lots people don't want it. I am 100 per cent sure you are...More

Reviewed 12 February 2017

Had a lovely cooked breakfast on my trip to Edinburgh.The cafe is quite small with not many tables. The food was really good with satisfying portion sizes and at a reasonable price. The service was quick and the chatty and attentive staff were great. Gluten...More

Thank Kev W
francesca235, Owner at Caffe Piccolo, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2017

Thanks very much for your time. Have a good end of winter. Francesca

Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Lovely organic baked bread from a local bakery! Good size portions enough to kick start your day Aron d Edinburgh and they offer Italian classes which was a nice touch! Waitress was very nice and accommodating will return if we come back to Edinburgh

Thank 227antonym
francesca235, Owner at Caffe Piccolo, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2017

Thanks for your support :-)

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-flavoured 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments
Good for
Child-friendly, View
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
08:30 - 16:00
08:30 - 16:00
08:30 - 16:00
08:30 - 16:00
08:30 - 16:00
09:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 29 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HS, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 225 8387
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ALL HOME MADE!! Italian panini (Organic bread), Focacce, pizza, lasagne, pastas, GLUTEN FREE soups, sicilian Cakes (normal, gluten free, DAIRY FREE) VEGAN Breakfast, and very good coffee!! :-) Italian coffe/bistro in your pocket! CAFFE' PICCOLO :-) We charge 0.50 For cards.

After a long month to restructure the damage suffered by a broken boiler on the second floor above us, we will close another week for other renovations.
Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 May are our last day and after I' ll see you the 1/6/17 and we will be open for the whole summer. Have a good week. :-)
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