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St Giles Cafe & Bar

#306 of 1,831 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Old Town
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8-10 St Giles Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PT, Scotland
+44 131 225 6267
09:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Fri 09:00 - 19:00
Sat 09:00 - 20:00
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My sweet tooth craved some nutella on the day I visited this café and I was not disappointed. Nice atmosphere and tasty treats to go along with my tea. The staff was attentive and friendly as well.

Thank Natasa K
Cardiff, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very bad experience - staff are vile - avoid. Food was average but limited selection and overpriced - staff just ruin whole experience

Thank Jimmillts2
Derby, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popped in to grab a bite to eat at lunchtime. Nice atmosphere but rickety tables and a poor selection of food. Opted for the waffle with bacon and brie- give it a miss! Flabby bacon and waffles so sweet you can't taste any brie at all. Overpriced lunch and a disappointment overall.

Thank SRose011
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We always pop in here for breakfast at least once when visiting Edinburgh. I particularly love the porridge

Thank socheallaigh
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were really pleased to visit the cafe at lunch time. We could good basic cooked food which was hot and tasty. It was a little chilly but the food was good. Mainly Scottish food. Would go again.

Thank Carole B
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114 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great food great venue. Lovely staff very friendly. Good price for lunch. Just off the Main Street Would go again

Thank herries2116
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334 reviews
242 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tucked away on a side street off the Royal Mile ,this cafe/bar is well worth finding . It's quite small and tables are close together but that all adds to the lovely cosy atmosphere Ideal for coffees or lunch . We make a point of visiting when we are in the city .

Thank visit09
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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99 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped for an afternoon coffee and to warm up a bit. The coffee was good and I originally wanted to eat something as well as it looked really nice inside. Didn't have anything to eat though as it was quite cold inside so not very comfy. Staff was friendly.

Thank carina1122
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited St Giles Cafe & Bar for a few drinks prior to an evening meal. After ordering our last round at 6.20pm we were told that the bar was closing at 6.20pm. This would have been fine had we not been rudely hustled outside at 6.30pm on the dot, without being given the opportunity to finish out drinks and being... More 

Thank Suzie D
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

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

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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, 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
Cheap Eats, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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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