Konbo Arcade Café

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Konbo Arcade Café
123 Gilmore Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9PP
  • Opening times Wed–Fri noon–8pm; Sat & Sun noon–6pm; closed Mon & Tue.
  • Food served Mon & Wed–Fri noon–8pm; Sat/Sun noon–6pm. Closed Tue.
  • Email
  • Website www.konbo.co.uk
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Konbo Arcade Café

Edinburgh's first arcade café has a cool range of vintage machines and games, with coffee from Artisan Roast, cakes, pastries and sandwiches plus imported Japanese snacks and softs.

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Tucked away between Bruntsfield Place and the Union Canal, Konbo Arcade offers a retro arcade experience with coffee and snacks. Inside, the focus is on the authentic Japanese arcade machines complete with a wide and rotating selection of 80s and 90s games. Things are kept simple but there’s great attention to detail like original stools to sit on and imported Japanese sodas and sweets. Food-wise it’s filling stuff; slabs of cheesy grilled sandwiches with jalapeños and bowls of instant ramen to keep you going while you try to beat that high score. But simple can also be well done, and local supplies like bread from Au Gourmand, coffee from Artisan Roast and baking from Tasty Buns up the quality on offer here. They also host popular gaming nights and offer private hire, ideal for teenage (and older!) birthday parties.

The List's rating






Caroline Rye visited Konbo Arcade Café on 7 December 2017
  • High point: Worth checking for something different
  • Low point: Steps to the back and toilet mean only the front area is truly accessible
  • Notable dish: Grilled cheese sandwich - the 'Explosive Breaker'
  • Average price: £5.50 (lunch)
  • Private dining: Up to 42 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Mix of J-pop and synthware
  • Live entertainment: Regular gaming events.
  • Capacity: 30
  • Largest group: 42 for private events (30 + 12 seats at games)
  • Open since: 2017