Dovecot Café by Leo's

Dovecot Café by Leo's
Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT
  • Telephone 0131 550 3660
  • Seasonal times Open 7 days in August
  • Food served Mon–Fri 9am–5pm; Sat 10am–5pm. Closed Sun.
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Smart, bright daytime café in Edinburgh's world-renowned tapestry studio, serving freshly prepared soup, sandwiches and bakes.

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Springing originally from the workshop of William Morris, the Dovecot Studio continues to hold its own in the world of contemporary art and design, producing weavings and tapestries and hosting regularly changing exhibitions. The building blends an imposing Victorian bathhouse with modern additions, with decorative spools of yarn and bright textiles on the café walls reflecting the site's contemporary usage. A vibrant list of sandwiches, such as hummus with carrot, beetroot, tomato and coriander, can be combined with a homemade mug of soup. Alternative lunch options are also more than tempting, from a delicately constructed Vietnamese rice paper roll with chicken or avocado to daily-changing stews. Run by Leo’s Beanery, good coffee and cake are taken more than seriously here. Try the memorable brownie alongside a cup of freshly ground coffee or a smoky Russian Caravan tea.

  • High point: Relaxed sophisticated food with great coffee
  • Low point: Not great for large groups
  • Average price: £10 (lunch)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
  • Music on stereo: Nothing
  • Live entertainment: Changing exhibitions and events
  • Capacity: 38
  • Open since: 2016 under current management