Traverse Coffee

Traverse Coffee
10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2ED
  • Telephone 0131 228 5383
  • Opening times Mon–Wed 11am–midnight; Thu–Fri 11am–1am; Sat noon–1am; closed Sun unless performance.
  • Seasonal times Festival: extended opening hours.
  • Bar open Mon–Sat 4pm–11pm. Closed Sun, unless performance.
  • Food served Mon–Fri 7.30am–3pm. Closed Sat/Sun.
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A lovely spot for a tasty lunch, a good coffee or a sweet afternoon salve.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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

A small café tucked into a curving corner of the theatre's glass front, Traverse Coffee is one of those venues it’s worth knowing about when you find yourself in need of a break. Menus change daily to keep things fresh and there's a wide range of rolls, salads, soups and baked potatoes, as well as hot specials in quiche or hot pot form. There’s a focus on takeaway (all cutlery and receptacles are disposable, albeit made of eco-friendly vegware) but actually it’s a lovely spot to sit and enjoy a breakfast roll, a pot of porridge or a tasty lunch. Come the afternoon, Artisan Roast coffee and Woods' brownies are a popular pick-me-up for those working in the theatre itself and the surrounding businesses.

The List's rating






Cat McCabe visited Traverse Coffee on 16 February 2018
  • High point: Imaginative, tasty combinations
  • Low point: Sitting in with takeaway packaging
  • Notable dish: Creamy Cauliflower soup
  • Average price: £5 (lunch)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: Theatre shows and live music
  • Capacity: 6 (6 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 150
  • Open since: 1992