St Giles' Cathedral Café

This restaurant has ceased trading.

St Giles' Cathedral Café
St Giles' Cathedral, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1RE
  • Telephone 0131 225 5147
  • Food served Mon–Sat 9am–4pm; Sun 11am–4pm (lunch from 12.30pm).
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Peaceful haven just a stone's throw from the tourist hubbub of the High Street serving seasonal soups, light lunches and impressive home-baking.

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In the basement of Edinburgh’s magnificent St Giles Cathedral, this café is a great spot for resting in between Royal Mile sightseeing. Their menu changes daily, offering fresh meals that make for a filling pitstop. Mushroom, spinach and red pepper tart is packed with veggies in flaky, buttery pastry while their baked potatoes are offered alongside a range of daily salads and fillings: the Mediterranean chickpea is herby and spicy in good measure and elevates the jacket potato beyond comfort-food levels. There is a solid baked goods selection too, including several vegan and gluten-free cakes and brownies. Although this isn’t a café you'll probably linger in, it’s a satisfying and reasonably priced option for decent fresh food in the Old Town.

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Anahit Behrooz visited St Giles' Cathedral Café on 12 March 2019
  • High point: Really friendly staff
  • Low point: The space could have more personality
  • Notable dish: St Giles' stovies
  • Private dining: Up to 40 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 2008