Café 1505

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Café 1505
18 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DH
  • Telephone 0131 527 1686
  • Opening times Noon–5.30pm.
  • Seasonal times Festival: open til 10pm daily. Open til 7.30pm on selected nights before shows at The Festival Theatre.
  • Food served Mon–Fri 8am–5.30pm; Sat/Sun 9am–5.30pm.
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Covid-19 precautions

One way system in place. Outdoor seating only. Reusable cups temporarily banned.
Last updated: 3 August 2020

Café 1505

Café in Surgeons Quarter known for elevating humble lunch options to delicious favourites.

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From the outside, Café 1505 appears a little underwhelming in relation to its Surgeons Quarters neighbours. But behind the discreet entrance you’ll find a lunch spot that is working hard to serve every facet of the Newington community. Students seeking a library alternative, families taking advantage of the 10% café discount offered if you explore the Surgeons’ Hall Museum beforehand, and weary Fringe performers in need of comfort food and calm flock here. Customers are treated to changing daily specials such as Moroccan lamb tagine, a fragrant dish of tender, slow-cooked lamb in a rich and fruity sauce. The gentle heat from a bowl of butternut squash soup is a delicious way to thaw off on a cold day and, if you choose to sit in, you can enjoy all of this while reading the fascinating timeline of the medical institution’s history that snakes along the walls.

The List's rating






Ellen Renton visited Café 1505 on 13 January 2019
  • High point: Brilliant for diners with dietary requirements
  • Low point: Cakes not quite up to the standard of the rest of the menu
  • Notable dish: Gourmet sausage rollls
  • Average price: £8 (lunch)

Ethical cafe on Nicolson Street where profits go towards improving access to surgery and saving lives around the world. Serving healthy lunches and delicious treats.

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  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Chilled indie/pop
  • Live entertainment: Attached to a museum, Fringe venue and meeting space.
  • Capacity: 38 (12 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 12
  • Open since: 2015
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
  • House wine: £19 per bottle
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