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Elephant House

) #31 of 62 Dessert in Edinburgh #592 of 2,022 Places to Eat in Edinburgh ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ Cafe, British, Scottish
21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN, Scotland
+44 131 220 5355
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  • Excellent22%
  • Very good33%
  • Average23%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible9%
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“cakes” (105 reviews)
“jk rowling” (280 reviews)
“harry potter” (441 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN, Scotland
Neighbourhood: Old Town
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The cafe is lovely, but the service absolutely ruins it. The cafe was well staffed and not overly busy however our (already prepared and sliced cake) took 20 minutes to arrive, and after a piece was dropped by the waiter it took a further 8...More

Thank Ian S
Reviewed 4 days ago

I had to go and see this famous restaurant. It's where J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Porter. If you visit, you have to go to the bathroom with a sharpie and write your name on the wall. Loved it

Thank MarliMEP
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We stopped in for breakfast and had no trouble getting a table. That's the best part of the visit. Service was incredibly slow, coffee wasn't hot and danish was stale. Worst part was watching the server clearing tables and seating new customers without wiping down...More

Thank jwarren5573
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

To be honest, had one not known JK Rowling was a frequent visitor and spent time writing Harry Potter at the Elephant house, nor had one ventured into the white washed restrooms now decorated with the markings of HP fans, the Elephant House would still...More

Thank Jpet68
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A really cute little cafe, we only waited 15 min for a table and it was truly lovely to sit looking at the castle like JK Rowling did! Food was lovely and very well priced, service staff were all very helpful and quick.

Thank Georgie W
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're a Harry Potter fan or just interested in recent culture/history this is a nice place to visit, it isn't that big of a place and gets very busy with all the other visitors coming to check out the cafe where JK Rowling wrote...More

Thank Krisbyman
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is heaving with long queues with hours-long wait times, so just take a photo in front of it instead. Supposedly the food isn't that great either, it's merely a cheap coffee shop in an inspiring location made famous by JK Rowling writing the...More

Thank ohthatkimberley
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just for fun, if you like or love Harry Potter, you ll have to go there! Nothing really special honestly, but good to have a tea and Carrot cake at the Elephant House after a long walk in Edinburg.

Thank MacaronProd
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An interesting place with a lot of Harry Potter history! However, we were very disappointed with the service and the quality of food. We waited a long time for the order to be taken and the croissant was very stale. the hot chocolate was good....More

Thank David S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This cafe is a must for any HP fan as a huge HP fan I had to visit this cafe where jk Rowling penned Harry Potter on my visit to Edinburgh I went twice first on Sunday May 7th to get some merchandise as they...More

1  Thank Alice V
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
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Visiting Edinburgh over New Year, i.e. 31st-3rd. Can someone advise me how the opening times will be affected over this period? Thanks in advance x
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Hi Tracy, I've just moved to Banff and my parents and brother are coming to visit in June. Do you have vacancy and/or pricing information I can pass along to them? Thanks, Kathryn Mitchell
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
View, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 220 5355
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