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St Giles Cafe & Bar

#270 of 1,824 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
Closed now
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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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33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stopped here for a light lunch and opted to share a large cheese platter. Good selection of cheeses with crackers and oatcakes. Good service.

Thank Alisolsen
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We nipped in St Giles cafe for quick coffee, stayed for croissants and bacon roll. Staff were friendly , very Parisian type cafe , coffee was really nice , just the ting for a lazy moochy day start.

Thank sargepants
St. Asaph, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

terrific porridge, granola, croissants, coffee served by friendly staff. No fault of the owners but too many sadoes ignoring each other while gawping at their cellphones. Atmosphere would be greatly improved by a ban. Get real people and enjoy the food.

Thank Bickleyfamily
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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78 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I've visited here with my husband a few times and it's become our favourite little place to go for coffee. Really amazed that not only do they do soya milk, but also almond milk! Great stuff! Had a couple of coffees plus some croissants, which came to £10.50, much cheaper than the hotel we stayed at. We like this place... More 

Thank Julie B
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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116 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

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 17 January 2017

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 17 January 2017 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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235 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 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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96 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

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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27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 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

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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, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Local cuisine
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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