Saint Giles Cafe Bar is located on St Giles’ Street, just around the corner from the famous cathedral.
The cafe and bar, which can be found taking a wee turn and a few steps from the Royal Mile, serves hot and cold drinks, wine, spirits, beers, cider, breakfast, pastries, lunch and snack options.
A nice spot in the Old Town to warm up or recharge over a drink like a warming hot toddy, a comforting Edinburgh Mist (£2.95 - their localised adaptation of a London Fog), a decent coffee, a variety of leaf teas, or refreshing soft drinks. There are also some beers and ciders, wines, spirits and whiskies available.
Open from 9am, Breakfast options include granola, porridge (£4.90), toast, filled or unfilled toasted croissants, a selection of other fresh pastries, and bacon roll.
We recommend the St Giles Waffle with bacon and brie - delicious! Their tomato and basil soup is another solid option, available for the competitive price of £4.40. Quiches, toasted sandwiches and salads round up the menu, leaving space for cakes or biscuits. A kids’ option (toasted sandwich with garnish) is available for £3.90.
Specials boards for seasonal food and drink like cider offer additional variety.
A typical dinner menu isn’t available, as closing time is at 6:30pm. Yet, a sharing platter over a bottle chosen from the concise wine menu can ring in an evening that can be continued elsewhere.
The big yellow facade lures in locals as well as tourists. Lots of light comes through the large full-length windows. The rustic, exposed old stonework, wooden tables and chairs, and golden frames create a warm, french bistro atmosphere crossed with a bit of Edinburgh Old Town. Additional tables are outside the front, and best enjoyed on dry days.
In its location since in 1991, Saint Giles Cafe Bar is not a flash in the pan, but a nice little evergreen just off the busy Royal Mile with its free wifi, background music, and friendly service.
8 St Giles' Street
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