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St Giles Cafe & Bar

#328 of 1,830 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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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Sat 09:00 - 20:00
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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276 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stopped here for lunch on a weekday morning. Although the place looked full from outside, the waitress found us a table. The menu was interesting and the food, when it came, was very fresh and very tasty. The place was buzzing with a nice atmosphere and the staff were all very cheery and friendly. Nice clean loos too! Would... More 

Thank chocolocomama
Dundee, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I popped in for a cup of tea by myself after work. The staff called over from the counter to my table that they were closing in half an hour. They didn't bother coming over to talk to me. They actually pulled a face when I said that was fine. I then asked if they did table service or whether... More 

Thank CG591
Lopez Island, Washington
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped in for a quick breakfast here and had the worst waffle ever! We were shocked when it was served with a side salad and tomatoes on top of the waffle! We brushed the salad away from the waffle and poured some syrup on it and took a bite. Crunch crunch what the? The amount of crunchy sugar in... More 

Thank davenjerani
Kildare, Ireland
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138 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped here for a coffee and a snack. Quaint little eatery. Freindly staff. Nice atmosphere. Didn't eat a lot but what we had was nice.

Thank jp t
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The tomato soup was really really good. We also tried the Sandwiches which were really delicious. However, the waffles were the most tasty thing we had that day. And the coffee was just perfect. A really good spot for a quick bite. And the quality and taste of the food definitely justify the slightly higher prices.

Thank Ankit C
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80 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped for a coffee and a snack after visiting some attractions The coffee was good and The food wasnt to bad as well as it looked really nice Didn't have anything to heavy to eat though as , we were saving ourselves for Jamie Italian which was not very nice This place. Was far better quality and portions even though... More 

Thank Shutupp11
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 16 March 2017 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
Reviewed 14 March 2017

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

Thank socheallaigh

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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids, Local cuisine
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?

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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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