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“Underwhelming cafe & service”

Southern Cross Cafe
Ranked #27 of 200 Coffee & Tea in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Scottish
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Old Town
Description: The Southern Cross Cafe is in the heart of the Old Town, on Cockburn St which links the old town with the new town.We are very proud of our coffee and our home made cakes. Our tasty food is simple and uncomplicated as we use only fresh Scottish sourced products.
Reviewed 18 October 2017

After wandering the Royal Mile, we needed a break. We had spotted the Southern Cross and the delicious looking desserts in the front window.

The capuccino was decent, the tea was lukewarm water with a bag plunked in. We had the walnut coffee cake which was dry and a brownie which was mediocre.

Overall, it was a disappointing experience.

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Thank LeeMike
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Reviewed 17 October 2017

Went on a busy Sunday morning, waited in a short queue to get a table, but was eventually sat downstairs. Upstairs looked lovely but downstairs doesn't have much of an atmosphere and is close to the noisy kitchen. Coffee took ages to arrive, possibly because we were out of sight downstairs, but didn't wait very long for food.

Food and coffee were good, bonus points for haggis but no white pudding!

If we went again I would ask to be seated upstairs even if it meant waiting a little longer.

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Thank vidrar
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

The place had a strange atmosphere with booming, twee pop music to accompany our Sunday breakfast.

We sat upstairs where the decor is 1970s municipal library meets failing department store restaurant and the space is very limited.

The coffee was OK. I had the full Scottish breakfast, which was also just OK. Although it did include possibly the worst sausage I have ever eaten.

The service was quick and friendly but the table was sticky.

All in all, if you want a quick coffee and a pastry this place is a decent option but for a meal I'd go somewhere else nearby.

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Thank Martin J
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Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

We visited Edinburgh for 4 days and found that this was the best place for breakfast! It's just off the Royal Mile, so easy to find.

The atmosphere was so friendly, and the staff very helpful. The food was delicious and the coffee was great.

Highly recommend!

Thank NatsJF
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Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

We had breakfast for two. Vegetarian Haggis on the one side and the Big Belter on the other side. The latter is to recommend for very hungry people only- it is huge and a lot to offer. The service staff is overlooking the people's table quite well and are at your take when there is something to do. Extra wishes are regarded and executed. Thanks for the nice time.
P.s. Only the music could change towards a more alternative style...

Thank Matthias G
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