The Bluebird Café

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The Bluebird Café
The Bluebird Café
5 Canonmills, Edinburgh, EH3 5HA
  • Telephone 07749 971847
  • Food served Mon–Fri 7.30am–4pm; Sat/Sun 8am–5pm.
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A tiny space brimming with character where friendly staff serve imaginative food that has an authentic flavour of the southern United States.

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Bluebird Café may be tiny but it punches way above its size. There is a loyal customer base drawn from surrounding offices during the week, while passers-by occupy the 14 seats at weekends. And, remarkably, given its limited space, it is also an occasional venue for live music – country, of course, in keeping with its southern USA theme. Customers can text their orders – a useful tactic at busy times – but with daily changing soups, scones and cakes, all made on the premises, it’s tempting to cast an eye over the options before deciding. Light Tennessee buttermilk pancakes made from a secret recipe are a big hit, while the Bluebird burrito stuffed with scrambled egg, cheese, avocado and bacon hits the right note at any time of day. Good locally ground coffee comes in a mug and ideally accompanies cakes such as bourbon brownie – another delicious nod to the southern states.

The List's rating






Colin Renton visited The Bluebird Café on 24 January 2018
  • High point: Top quality food made from top quality local ingredients
  • Low point: Tricky to get a table at busy times
  • Notable dish: Bluebird burrito
  • Average price: £6.15 (soup & sandwich deal)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions
  • Music on stereo: Country music
  • Live entertainment: Occasional live music (12 people max) or at Leith Depot
  • Capacity: 14
  • Largest group: 14
  • Open since: 2014