Best cafés in Edinburgh

Check out the top cafés in Edinburgh, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals

1. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

1. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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305 local reviews
20 Inverleith Row, Edinburgh
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0131 552 7171
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Jane
A fantastic place for a walk. You can walk there via Victoria park/Water of Leith path, which takes about 25-3…
David
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh City Centre, the Botanical Gardens are an excellent p…
Guen
Beautiful gardens and famous glass houses. Attractive new visitor centre too, with very nice café/restaurant …
1. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

1. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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305 local reviews
20 Inverleith Row, Edinburgh
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0131 552 7171
Jane
Jane
A fantastic place for a walk. You can walk there via Victoria park/Water of Leith path, which takes about 25-30 mins. Has a nice café and sm…
David
David
If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Edinburgh City Centre, the Botanical Gardens are an excellent place to wander around. There …
Guen
Guen
Beautiful gardens and famous glass houses. Attractive new visitor centre too, with very nice café/restaurant upstairs. Other café options …
2. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One

2. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One

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183 local reviews
75 Belford Road, Edinburgh
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0131 624 6200
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Louisa
Edinburgh's contemporary modern art gallery. Consists of 2 sites, across the road from each other. Lovely wa…
Steven
It is free and situated in a beautiful old building that used to be a school. The café is lovely for lunch.
Abigail
There are two modern art galleries opposite each other- enjoy the exhibitions and excellent cafes. (Café Mod…
2. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One

2. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One

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183 local reviews
75 Belford Road, Edinburgh
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0131 624 6200
Louisa
Louisa
Edinburgh's contemporary modern art gallery. Consists of 2 sites, across the road from each other. Lovely walk along the Water of Leith to…
Steven
Steven
It is free and situated in a beautiful old building that used to be a school. The café is lovely for lunch.
Abigail
Abigail
There are two modern art galleries opposite each other- enjoy the exhibitions and excellent cafes. (Café Modern One is family friendly, ha…
3. The Cameo

3. The Cameo

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78 local reviews
38 Home Street, Edinburgh
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0871 902 5723
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sandra
Built in 1914, this historic cinema shows mainstream and art house movies with café-bar (10 mins walk from fla…
Ali
Picture house cinema with café/bar. One of the oldest cinemas in Scotland, with one of the screens having only…
Vroni
A great Art House Cinema less than 5 minutes walk from the flat... .
3. The Cameo

3. The Cameo

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78 local reviews
38 Home Street, Edinburgh
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0871 902 5723
sandra
sandra
Built in 1914, this historic cinema shows mainstream and art house movies with café-bar (10 mins walk from flat).
Ali
Ali
Picture house cinema with café/bar. One of the oldest cinemas in Scotland, with one of the screens having only 3 rows of seats! Hosts specia…
Vroni
Vroni
A great Art House Cinema less than 5 minutes walk from the flat... .
4. Peter's Yard

4. Peter's Yard

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40 local reviews
27 Simpsons Loan, Edinburgh
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0131 228 5876
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eileen
Swedish Café to stop at in the Meadows. Outside seating, lovely soups, pizzas, cakes and Swedish buns. Young v…
claudia
Stockbridge Swedish bakery and café on Deanhaugh Street (another at Simpson Loan), with various spots around t…
Hannah
A modern, airy Swedish cafe near the university - wonderful coffee, great bread and mind-bogglingly good card…
4. Peter's Yard

4. Peter's Yard

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40 local reviews
27 Simpsons Loan, Edinburgh
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0131 228 5876
eileen
eileen
Swedish Café to stop at in the Meadows. Outside seating, lovely soups, pizzas, cakes and Swedish buns. Young vibe as near the university.
claudia
claudia
Stockbridge Swedish bakery and café on Deanhaugh Street (another at Simpson Loan), with various spots around the city including a beautiful …
Hannah
Hannah
A modern, airy Swedish cafe near the university - wonderful coffee, great bread and mind-bogglingly good cardamom buns. Also a branch down …
5. Artisan Roast

5. Artisan Roast

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93 local reviews
57 Broughton Street, Edinburgh
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Paola
Award winning gourmet coffee roasters and café. Amazing for coffee lovers.
Yves & Joe
Award winning gourmet coffee roastery and cafés.
Jason
Award winning gourmet coffee roasters and café. Amazing for coffee lovers.
5. Artisan Roast

5. Artisan Roast

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93 local reviews
57 Broughton Street, Edinburgh
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Paola
Paola
Award winning gourmet coffee roasters and café. Amazing for coffee lovers.
Yves & Joe
Yves & Joe
Award winning gourmet coffee roastery and cafés.
Jason
Jason
Award winning gourmet coffee roasters and café. Amazing for coffee lovers.
6. Palace of Holyrood House

6. Palace of Holyrood House

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163 local reviews
Establishment
Eleanor
Nice café within the Palace grounds - handy for before or after a tour
Noreen
A tour of the Queen’s official palace in Scotland will show you more tapestries, paintings and plasterwork tha…
Cecilia And Adam
The Queen and the Royal Family's residence while in Edinburgh.
6. Palace of Holyrood House

6. Palace of Holyrood House

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163 local reviews
Eleanor
Eleanor
Nice café within the Palace grounds - handy for before or after a tour
Noreen
Noreen
A tour of the Queen’s official palace in Scotland will show you more tapestries, paintings and plasterwork than you can shake a sceptre at, …
Cecilia And Adam
Cecilia And Adam
The Queen and the Royal Family's residence while in Edinburgh.
7. Gaia

7. Gaia

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10 local reviews
32 Crighton Place, Edinburgh
Open now
0131 553 7333
CafeFoodEstablishment
Becky
This deli café is a very friendly place and does fabulous salads for lunch.
Réka
Gaia is a family-run Italian Delicatessen and Café, offering Italian specialities, and healthy, freshly made p…
Fran
Genuine local cafe run by Sicilians who make, in my view, the best machiato and most delicious panini in Edinb…
7. Gaia

7. Gaia

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10 local reviews
32 Crighton Place, Edinburgh
Open now
0131 553 7333
Becky
Becky
This deli café is a very friendly place and does fabulous salads for lunch.
Réka
Réka
Gaia is a family-run Italian Delicatessen and Café, offering Italian specialities, and healthy, freshly made panini, salads etc. If you love…
Fran
Fran
Genuine local cafe run by Sicilians who make, in my view, the best machiato and most delicious panini in Edinburgh (cappuccino not quite so …
8. The Manna House

8. The Manna House

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96 local reviews
The Manna House, Edinburgh
Open now
0131 652 2349
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Duncan and Polly
Great little café and delicious breads and pastries
John
Local bakery/café. Serves lovely breakfast/lunch and good coffee.
Cat
Widely recognised as one of the best bakeries in Edinburgh. Good variety of delicious breads and fancy pastrie…
8. The Manna House

8. The Manna House

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96 local reviews
The Manna House, Edinburgh
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0131 652 2349
Duncan and Polly
Duncan and Polly
Great little café and delicious breads and pastries
John
John
Local bakery/café. Serves lovely breakfast/lunch and good coffee.
Cat
Cat
Widely recognised as one of the best bakeries in Edinburgh. Good variety of delicious breads and fancy pastries & cakes. Also has small café…
9. The Dome

9. The Dome

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67 local reviews
14 George Street, Edinburgh
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0131 624 8624
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Ruary and Kari
Serving great cocktails in a historic setting. There’s an authentic 1930’s cocktail bar, a delightful, parasol…
Lee
Serving great cocktails in a historic setting. There’s an authentic 1930’s cocktail bar, a delightful, parasol…
Rob
Serving great cocktails in a historic setting. There’s an authentic 1930’s cocktail bar, a delightful, parasol…
9. The Dome

9. The Dome

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67 local reviews
14 George Street, Edinburgh
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0131 624 8624
Ruary and Kari
Ruary and Kari
Serving great cocktails in a historic setting. There’s an authentic 1930’s cocktail bar, a delightful, parasol-covered garden café and an el…
Lee
Lee
Serving great cocktails in a historic setting. There’s an authentic 1930’s cocktail bar, a delightful, parasol-covered garden café and an el…
Rob
Rob
Serving great cocktails in a historic setting. There’s an authentic 1930’s cocktail bar, a delightful, parasol-covered garden café and an el…
10. Museum of Scotland

10. Museum of Scotland

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310 local reviews
Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
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Raffaele
This recently refurbished but still appealingly eccentric palace of wonder is a mad dash through the history o…
Maria
This recently refurbished but still appealingly eccentric palace of wonder is a mad dash through the history o…
Mark
Recently refurbished. Very impressive!
10. Museum of Scotland

10. Museum of Scotland

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310 local reviews
Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
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Raffaele
Raffaele
This recently refurbished but still appealingly eccentric palace of wonder is a mad dash through the history of the world and everything in …
Maria
Maria
This recently refurbished but still appealingly eccentric palace of wonder is a mad dash through the history of the world and everything in …
Mark
Mark
Recently refurbished. Very impressive!
11. Filmhouse

11. Filmhouse

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71 local reviews
88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh
Open now
0131 228 2688
CafeFoodMovie theater
Laura
Interesting selection of films, a great café. Large DVD collection for sale too if you'd rather stay in.
Duncan
Independent cinema with surprisingly good café/restaurant.
Vroni
Arthouse films and venue for the international film festival...
11. Filmhouse

11. Filmhouse

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71 local reviews
88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh
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0131 228 2688
Laura
Laura
Interesting selection of films, a great café. Large DVD collection for sale too if you'd rather stay in.
Duncan
Duncan
Independent cinema with surprisingly good café/restaurant.
Vroni
Vroni
Arthouse films and venue for the international film festival...
12. Porto & Fi Deli Bistro

12. Porto & Fi Deli Bistro

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19 local reviews
47 Newhaven Main Street, Edinburgh
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0131 551 1900
RestaurantFoodEstablishment
Michael
Family run café-deli-bistro on the corner of Newhaven Main Harbour. Bright, friendly and relaxed, perfectly si…
Jane
Lovely independent café just a short walk away. Great place for brunch or an early dinner.
Deanna
Good food, brunch, coffee with sea view
12. Porto & Fi Deli Bistro

12. Porto & Fi Deli Bistro

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19 local reviews
47 Newhaven Main Street, Edinburgh
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0131 551 1900
Michael
Michael
Family run café-deli-bistro on the corner of Newhaven Main Harbour. Bright, friendly and relaxed, perfectly situated to capture stunning vie…
Jane
Jane
Lovely independent café just a short walk away. Great place for brunch or an early dinner.
Deanna
Deanna
Good food, brunch, coffee with sea view