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St Giles Cafe & Bar

#254 of 1,806 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Old Town
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8-10 St Giles Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PT, Scotland
+44 131 225 6267
09:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Fri 09:00 - 19:00
Sat 09:00 - 20:00
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've been here before but just for coffee but on this occasion we had time to stop for something more substantial. The sandwiches (well, hot filled croissants) and soup were very good.

Thank Redheaded83
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A great place for delicious food. Hidden downstairs in St Giles Cathedral. Can also be accessed by the back of the Cathedral. Has a lovely selection of home cooked food.

Thank RomanyAustralia
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited this establishment today. I was sat drinking water with two friends. I was told because I was slurring I was drunk. My bipolar medication olanzapine makes me slur. If I were drunk why would I order food and water. I wasn't able to take my medication as they wouldn't allow me to drink my water. I feel I've... More 

Thank grnfll1973
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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230 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We cam here for a quick pit stop away from the bustle of the Royal Mile. They have a great selection of drinks and also have almond and soya milk available. It is very well decorated and the staff are nice.

Thank Erin C
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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91 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very small cafe so visiting when it's busy makes it quite cramped and noisy - but the food is good and the staff efficient. A lovely place for a quick bite just off the Royal Mile.

Thank Erica H
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning little cafe/bar looks stunning and meets everyone's needs. You can get anything from cake to a long list of whiskey.

Thank Kelly P
Manchester, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On a rainy December night, we went in for a hot drink on our way down from the castle; yes, the coffee shop is extremely close to the castle. Chose the special hot chocolate. The only difference that we observed was the marshmallows that come on the small plate with the cup of hot chocolate. The atmosphere inside was pretty... More 

Thank Andreea D
Frankfurt, Germany
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344 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Warm, friendly and comfortable location, that also has incredible food. Get the porridge and/or waffle.

Thank Nate H
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55 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Nice little cafe very good value. Very handy for Royal mile. Would visit again ,loved the Edinburgh must tea.

1 Thank Maisiec
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

We spent an hour walking around Edinburgh and it's West Port area looking for a particular cafe-bakery which had been recommended, but couldn't find it. Tired and weary we headed back to Royal Mile and decided to stop anywhere for a rest and coffee. Thus we stumbled upon St Giles Cafe Bar. What a find! It's such a warm, welcoming... More 

Thank CiaraSlevin

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, European, British
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8-10 St Giles Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PT, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 225 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

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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 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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