Summerhall Café

Summerhall Café
1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL
  • Telephone 0131 560 1580
  • Seasonal times Evening (8pm) licence during the festival.
  • Food served Mon–Fri 8.30am–3.30pm; Sat 10am–3.30pm; Sun 11am–3pm.
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Summerhall Café

Spacious, buzzy venue serving healthy, filling food with plenty of flavour.

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For filling up on healthy food or stretching out a morning over a couple of coffees, you can’t really beat the Summerhall Café. Airy and light, it has a backstage feel that reflects the clientele of visiting performers, resident artists, locals, and students seeking a sunny spot to plug into the WiFi. Chunky furniture from the Tim Stead workshop gives the place a comfortable solidity. A useful daytime menu of wraps, soups, pies, burgers and fish is supplemented by daily specials. Food is cooked to order, so expect to wait 20 minutes for a melting croque monsieur with a pretty artist’s palette of multi-coloured salad. Chef Emma Purves likes to explore the possibilities of vegan and vegetarian ingredients and a bolognese ragù made with barley and soya is dense with flavour and bite. Cakes, from Gluttony Cakes, are delicious and there's a wide selection of gluten-free treats. A great breakfast menu is served 8.30–11am and all day at weekends.

The List's rating






Julie Morrice visited Summerhall Café on 27 March 2018
  • High point: Good, filling food at a reasonable price
  • Low point: Can get a bit messy and noisy with young children
  • Notable dish: Sourdough toastie with vegan cheese, smashed avocado and spicy beans
  • Average price: £9.95 (lunch)
  • Private dining: 40 (booked through Summerhall Events)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Mix of indie, pop, country and bluegrass chosen to suit the clientele that day
  • Live entertainment: Occasional performances of puppetry, theatre and music
  • Capacity: 50
  • Largest group: 30-40
  • Open since: 2015