The Royal Exchange Coffee House
- Telephone 0131 225 0672
- Opening times Mon–Sun 9am–5pm
- Seasonal times Closed 25 Dec
- Food served Mon–Sun 9am–4pm.
- Average price £9.50 (lunch)
- Website www.realmarykingsclose.com/plan-your-visit/…
Coffee house which is part of the historic Edinburgh City Chambers building, complete with impressive wood-panelling and ornate plasterwork.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Given its location, it’s hardly surprising that the Royal Exchange Coffee House sets its sights predominantly on the tourist market. Yet locals would do well to remember this pleasant spot off the Royal Mile for a decent cup of coffee, quick sandwich and a bun. Part of the Real Mary King’s Close complex, its elegant wood-panelled café is housed in what used to be Edinburgh Council’s licensing department. Not the most creative of menus, the choices are straightforward and traditionally Scottish. Haggis, neeps and tatties take pride of place alongside a Scotch mince pie or daily dish of the day such as stovies. Soups changes regularly, but expect the likes of Cullen skink or mushroom. From the panini list, there are regular favourites such as ham and cheese or a tuna melt, with haggis and cheese for the more adventurous palate.
- High point: Excellent gift shop shares same site
- Low point: Fruitless fruit scones
- Notable dish: Mary King's steak baguette
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
- Music on stereo: Scottish bands
- Capacity: 50
- Largest group: 50
- Open since: 2015