Café Modern One

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Café Modern One
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, 75 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DR
  • Telephone 0131 332 8600
  • Seasonal times August: open till 5.30pm
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–2.30pm. [Coffee & cake: Mon–Fri 9am–4.30pm; Sat/Sun: 10am–4.30pm]
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Bustling, big, bright self-service café offering superb lunch staples and sublime bakes.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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A combination of dependable homemade lunches and cakes with a bright, comfortable laid-back dining space means that this café is much more than simply a refreshment stop for gallery-goers. Locals bring in a steady stream of custom for morning coffee even in the quieter months and regulars flock on sunny days to lounge in the idyllic walled garden with ice-cream. A creative array of daily changing salads combine pulses and grains with roasted vegetables or seasonal fresh produce grown in the gallery’s own kitchen garden. They are served in generous bowls as a pick and mix lunch option or alongside mains such as peppers stuffed with feta and quinoa or herb butter-roasted chicken. Cakes are enlivened with dried petals from the beautiful grounds and it is hard to decide between picture-perfect cherry blossom cake or an elegantly bedecked lemon and semolina loaf.

The List's rating






Hannah Jefferson visited Café Modern One on 6 February 2019
  • High point: Stunning cakes in a stunning location
  • Low point: Cafeteria-style service means lunch queues may be inevitable
  • Notable dish: Pick and mix salads
  • Average price: £12 (lunch)
  • Private dining: 100 (can hire whole space)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 80 (150 in summer)
  • Largest group: 50 sit down/100 drinks/canapes
  • Open since: 1987 (or possibly 1983 - no-one was certain)
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £20 per bottle
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