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Cafe Nom De Plume

#284 of 1,806 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Broughton & Calton
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60 Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3SA, Scotland
+44 131 478 1372
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136 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Five of us had lunch here on Saturday. The atmosphere is great, so much to look at and absorb. The service is super friendly and the menu inspired. Three of us had a melanzane which was so tasty, one the haggis and neeps and finally a stuffed bagel. We were all more than happy with the whole experience until we... More 

Thank sunloverLanark
North Berwick, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Having been here previously with colleague/friends, thought it was the ideal place to meet up with my wife and 16 year-old daughter on a Friday after work. My wife and I arrived first and ordered a bottle of wine and starter, while we waited for our daughter to join us. However, when she did arrive, she was asked for proof... More 

Thank Iain G
Chelmsford, UK
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54 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

On visiting Edinburgh after 4 years away we were delighted to find Cafe Nom de Plume just as we remembered it - quirky decor, warm service, and tasty affordable food. for twenty pounds each including tip we each had soup, a sharing platter of Indian vegetarian items with salad and dipping sauces, huge puddings, a coffee for me, all washed... More 

1 Thank EssexMorvern
London, United Kingdom
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190 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

I just wanted a quiet light lunch in Edinburgh as I had been busy all morning working on setting up an exhibition for Elements 2, a festival of gold and silver in Edinburgh. The first place I passed was heaving then I noticed this nearby up some steps. The decor was eclectic with a certain quirky homely feel. The menu... More 

Thank JPA38210
Haywards Heath
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

I stumbled on this cafe by accident, needing a coffee and cake break while walking round Edinburgh. I was very pleasantly surprised by the friendly, cosy atmosphere and how easy it was to relax in this quirky little cafe. The lemon and ginger slice was delicious! The decor was eclectic but homely and the other patrons seemed to be there... More 

Thank chriscouldridge1970
Norwich, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Wanted somewhere quiet to read reflect and refuel. Wonderful thick French Onion soup with cheese crouton and wonderful artisan bread, haggis neeps and tatties, more than I could finish. Friendly and relaxed.

Thank NH50
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

As a couple of budget travellers, we had here a very enjoyable meal that did not ruin our wallet. The waitress was very kind and sympathetic. We should not forget to mention that this restaurant is located only a few dozens of metres from the tram terminus at York Place.

Thank 56136465
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Looking for somewhere to eat out on a Saturday night in Edinburgh was proving difficult and this little café was our last resort. Luckily, they had a lovely little table in the corner for us. The waiters were really friendly and attentive and the food, whilst not gourmet, was tasty and filling. Between four of us, we shared a soup,... More 

1 Thank Jennifer L
Vienna, Austria
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Staff was very obliging, making the experience cozy and friendly. Food was tasty and the portions, filling, with enough choices. The establishment is nicely decorated, showing a lot of personality, and the music was rather nice.

Thank Alvpigon
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65 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

My partner and I were looking for somewhere to eat prior to us making our way home after a lovely time in Edinburgh. Someone who we had met at a Gin Tasting Experience recommended visiting Broughton Street, which happened to be just around the corner from our hotel, as there were several very nice restaurants and shops that sell gin.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 11
Cafe, British, International, European, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 60 Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3SA, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Broughton & Calton
  • Neighbourhood: Broughton & Calton
  • Phone Number: +44 131 478 1372
A relaxed café / coffee shop that is licensed to serve alcohol.Some people pop in just for a tea, a soup or a beer. Other people arrange a fully fledged evening meal with friends.Due to the alcohol license, children under 5 years old are unfortunately not allowed in the Café at any time, though well-behaved dogs are welcome.

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Broughton & Calton

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Broughton & Calton
Lying where grandiose New Town townhouses give way to malls and utilitarian housing, Broughton and Calton have long been transitional neighbourhoods with a mixed identity. It’s here that Edinburgh’s gay village found a home in the 1980s. But gay culture is anything but overt along bustling epicentre Broughton Street; even if polished pubs, hip bistros, smart delis and art galleries all speak of affluent good taste. The top of Leith Walk is more ragged. This major thoroughfare boasts a famously gritty gay club, as well as a strip of good Indian restaurants. Regal Georgian and Victorian townhouses preside over largely deserted streets in Calton, where only the occasional restaurant or hotel brings much life. Even so, a steady trickle of idlers and picnickers pass by to climb Calton Hill for its wide-open lawns, wonderful city views, and curious monuments – an Athenian-style temple among them.
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