Mint Café

Mint Café
3 Exchange Buildings, 3 Semple Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8BL
  • Telephone 0131 229 0187
  • Food served Mon–Fri 8am–3pm. Closed Sat/Sun.
  • Average price £8 (lunch)
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Café serving homemade soups, sandwiches and cakes to regulars and office workers during the week.

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The mint theme runs strong in this friendly café - from the green backs on the white chairs to fresh mint leaves in the water jugs and After Eights accompanying the hot chocolate. It’s fairly easy to miss – it's set back from Semple Street and partially hidden in Fountainbridge’s mini corporate village across the road from Tollcross Primary School – but the relaxed atmosphere, GSOH and simple home cooking means it gets a lot of repeat visits from local office workers (neighbours and Exchange Place staff get a discount). Breakfast rolls with coffee or tea are a bargain £3 to takeaway (worth remembering if a hangover descends en route to the office), and they do oat smoothies, homemade granola, gluten-free cakes and chunky tray bakes. The ‘seriously good cheese toastie’ is not falsely advertised: delicious grilled Mull cheddar, leek, garlic and onion. There are also baked potatoes, soups, nachos, salads and rolls, wraps and paninis with many fillings to choose from (veggies are well looked after .) Keep an eye on their Facebook for info on regular Yakety Yak foreign conversation meetups in the café, plus deals and specials.

  • High point: Tasty home cooking and friendly service
  • Low point: Closed at weekends
  • Notable dish: Broccoli and spinach soup with mustard croutons
  • Delivery: Plans to start catering delivery service to local office with sandwich platters etc
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 38
  • Largest group: 38
  • Open since: November 2012