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–5pm; Sat/Sun 11am–4pm
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Summerhall Café

Arty café with a relaxed community feel and plenty of flavour.

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Despite the many corridors and imposing doorways in this expansive old university building, the café at Summerhall nevertheless manages to create a friendly and inviting space for lunch. The menu is equally comforting and wholesome. Fresh pies are supplied by a local business based within the building and alternative lunch options range from a chicken and chorizo salad to nachos, as well as soup and sandwich staples. Gluten-free cakes include a peach, pear and yoghurt sponge or white chocolate and raspberry. Parents with toddlers in tow are clearly attracted by the bright spacious dining area and laid-back ethos. Even dogs are welcomed with open arms. A quirky shop and an eclectic mix of shows and exhibitions create the feeling that there will always be more to discover here.

  • High point: Tempting for a relaxed weekend brunch
  • Low point: Cakes could be fresher
  • Average price: £9 (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, Outdoor tables, Live music, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Classical and mixed
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 30-40
  • Open since: 2015