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St Giles Cafe & Bar

#234 of 1,783 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 - 19:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Fri 09:00 - 19:00
Sat 09:00 - 20:00
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55 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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390 reviews
284 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
Portrush, United Kingdom
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169 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We happened upon this wee treasure when exploring the city of Edinburgh! We were warmly greeted and seated promptly. The food was excellent, with a local flare! I would recommend the cheese platter order the large one between two people. I am visiting the city soon and I will be back x

Thank ShazFinlay
Helsinki, Finland
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120 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This lovely cafe jsut near St. Giles Catethdral offer very good tasting cakes & special coffees & teas. Easy to sit down & continue your walking trip at area of Old Town.

Thank JaakkoTapio
Toronto, Canada
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178 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

This cafe is located next to our hotel. We went there for breakfast one morning. The orange juice was freshly squeezed - delicious. The coffee and breakfast sandwiches were also very good.

Thank HCR2848
Salford, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

This cafe is downstairs from the front of the cathedral. We were just looking for a coffee and cake stop, and were delighted with the selection here. I had a scone which was delicious, as was the brownie. The seating is strung out along a kind of wide corridor, so you can feel the churchy atmosphere - what history this... More 

Thank Anne A
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56 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Popped in after a visit to the castle. Food was lovely and had a good selection of food and drinks. Staff are friendly and accommodating. Not a massive place so when busy may have to wait for a table or bunk in on another with someone else. Reasonably priced, just the same as anywhere else in Edinburgh.

Thank Animalmad1311
Upland, California
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103 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Nice little eating place below St. Giles. Sit inside or out (weather permitting). you can get her form outside or inside the church.

Thank Ronald C
Orange County, California
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80 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

It was a very rainy day on the Royal Mile, so we looked for a little cafe off the main road and stumbled across this place. It's small, but they were able to find a spot for our party of four. Delicious food and drinks! We were two couples who each shared the special of the day - ham &... More 

Thank The_Joneses
Greater London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Friendly staff but food quality not up to standard given prices. Same as most places on the royal mile.

Thank MasterBeddow

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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, Scottish, 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
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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