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Water of Leith Cafe Bistro

$$ - $$$Cafe, British,
1 Howard Street | Canonmills, Edinburgh EH3 5JP, Scotland
+44 131 556 6887
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“croque monsieur” (34 reviews)
“cullen skink” (50 reviews)
“cakes” (46 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Scottish, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1 Howard Street | Canonmills, Edinburgh EH3 5JP, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Small breakfast menue but enough choices to suit different tastes. Had the full veggie breakfast which was very satisfying. Nice location on the banks of the Water of leith. Priced moderately. Very friendly staff. If you do a walk from downtown to the Royal botanical...More

Thank Marco S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Myself and my 7 month old son visited while on holiday, after reading a recommendation on timeout . Very welcoming and friendly, nice atmosphere, lovely food. I had two drinks, a main and a dessert for £16, very reasonable and above standard food for the...More

Thank Wooa1234
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had breakfast here with friends on a weekend trip to Edinburgh. Very good Scottish breakfast with all the trimmings at a reasonable price, £9.95.

Thank BobIvey633
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Called in after visiting the Botanical Gardens for a pot of tea and slice of Carrot Cake, The owners are friendly and the Cafe is in a nice location next to a bridge over the water of Leith.

Thank Andrew W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is the first stop every time I come to Edinburgh. It never lets us down. The welcome you receive every time you walk in the door is warm and genuine. The food though is what keeps us coming back! The fish cakes are...More

Thank Bryony L
Reviewed 9 May 2018 via mobile

Absolutely loved this Bistro. Lady serving was a delight. Lovely conversation. Coffee was brilliant and excellent value. The bacon roll i ordered was huge and very tasty. Would highly recommend this little Bistro.

Thank Melanie H
Reviewed 2 May 2018

Just what you need after a pleasant couple of hours wandering around the Botanical Gardens. Delightful little cafe in proximity to the gardens with a lovely menu, attractive appearance and delightful staff. Delish!

Thank Rosamund369
Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

Lovely lunch and good value at under £13 for two courses. Mezze components home made as was the warm flat bread. Individual chocolate tart dessert to die for. Super thin pastry, just crisp on top, just gooey inside and just warm. Not in the least...More

Thank Kay W
Reviewed 3 March 2018

Come here regularly. Family friendly bistro - amazing croque monsieur. Great lunch menu and specials are good too. Good breakfasts too. Love the food, love the people and friendly atmosphere.

1  Thank AlexM63
Reviewed 3 March 2018

I had my 40th birthday lunch here, and Ana and Mikael were amazing. They drew up a nice menu from which my guests could pre-order. The service was faultless and the food was nicely priced and brilliant value for money. This is one of Edinburgh's...More

1  Thank DaveMyers
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
USD 8 - USD 46
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Howard Street | Canonmills, Edinburgh EH3 5JP, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh
  • Phone Number: +44 131 556 6887
A bright, relaxing, licensed bistro serving great seasonal food and baking. Available for daytime and weekend evening casual dining.
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