Café Modern Two

Café Modern Two
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two, 73 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DS
  • Telephone 0131 624 6273
  • Seasonal times Festival: some extended opening.
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–2.30pm. (Coffee & cake 10am–4.30pm; afternoon tea 2.30–3.30pm.)
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Birra Moretti

Spacious café within the National Gallery's Modern Art Two with tasty lunches and baking made from scratch.

Eating & Drinking Guide

The 2018/19 edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is out now – only £7.95 (+p&p).

Shhh, don’t tell, but it really is okay to visit an art gallery just for the café. Even so, viewing the current exhibition is perhaps better enjoyed after a satisfying lunch or before afternoon tea. In Café Modern Two, with its relaxed lunchtime flexibility, a cup of soup can be added to main courses and hot baked sandwiches, or taken as a bigger plateful with crusty bread, oatcakes or scone. The intense green of spinach and pea could have come straight off an artist’s palette. Proud that everything cooked, baked or assembled here is made from scratch, the café’s mains include traditional favourites such as Cullen skink or steak and ale pie. Neatly presented hot-smoked salmon fishcakes are accompanied by light homemade tartare sauce. Gourmet sandwiches, generous scones with cream and jam, Victoria sponge and other sweet treats are the stalwarts of afternoon tea.

The List's rating






Carol Main visited Café Modern Two on 27 February 2018
  • High point: Hop, step and a jump to the glorious recreation of Paolozzi's studio
  • Low point: Flexible menu requires precision ordering
  • Notable dish: Creamy chestnut mushrooms with red onion, walnuts and parmesan served with warm sourdough bread
  • Average price: £11 (lunch)
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 65
  • Largest group: 12
  • Open since: 2002
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £25 per bottle