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National Library of Scotland Cafe

Old Town
Cafe, British, Scottish
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National Library of Scotland | George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
09:30 - 13:00
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Mon - Tue 09:30 - 20:30
Wed 10:00 - 20:30
Thu - Fri 09:30 - 20:30
Sat 09:30 - 13:00
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Scotland, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Having been to the cafe 3 months ago, I was passing by with a friend and decided to pop in for some lunch (after my previous good experience). I wasn't disappointed. We had some great toasted sandwiches and cups of tea. Staff were pleasant and helpful, and we managed to find a table at this busy little gem, inside the... More 

Thank PtarmiganTraveller
Scotland, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2017

After spending a morning in the library, was able to have a nice lunch (broccoli soup with granary bread). Relaxing atmosphere, with an array of tables, low seats, bar stools and individual tables. Many others were also sitting using their laptops, plugged in for electricity, and using wifi. A great place.

1 Thank PtarmiganTraveller
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97 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016

If you are in this part of town this is very handy for a quick coffee, light lunch or cup of tea. Nothing fancy but you can usually get a table.

Thank scottie8scotlans
Livingston, United Kingdom
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199 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Come here often for coffee. Think their soft drinks are a bit steep though at £2 per bottle. I really like their fruit scones with jam and butter. They are always nice and soft, as I hate it when scones are lying for a while and they go a bit stale and hard, but with them this is not the... More 

Thank SaraLovesTravel
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016

Use the cafe whenever I'm in the National Library and it's always met my needs for a coffee or a bite to eat, when I've been in town or using the library. Pricing is reasonable for a city centre venue as well.

Thank tlgould
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

Visited for a coffee and cake. Very good coffee and the iced ginger cake very good. Not obvious there is a cafe open to the public so I relied on local knowledge from my companion. Great place to enjoy a coffee in a relaxed environment away from the crowds at other coffee shops on the area.

Thank Paul C
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52 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2016

Inside this public building is a neat cafe, which serves decent soup and rolls, coffee and traybakes. There are free newspapers too. A change from the regular tourist cafes - lots of locals here.

Thank Andy1512
Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2016

Three of us had a late lunch at a weekend. We went for basic options of soup and sandwiches which looked like the sensible options, but found pretty much everything just failed to hit the mark for simple but tasty food. Soup was thin and over sweetened, sandwiches were weak and messy. The staff were not quite focussed on the... More 

Thank Jonathan A
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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65 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2016

I had a baked potato with beans and cheese. It took quite a while to come and when it did arrive the potato was stone cold and hard. I asked whether they could heat it up. They did but came back ten minutes later, by which time they seem to have left it on a counter to cool again. It... More 

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33 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 December 2015

After the military tattoo with the tickets we even purchased dinner at this cafe. When we arrived it was not open and had signs whatsoever . When we were back home i emailed the military tattoo and the cafe administrator. Militarily tattoo answered and apologized but eh cafe administration just ignored our complain.

Thank maria G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British, Scottish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Open Hours
09:30 - 20:30
09:30 - 20:30
10:00 - 20:30
09:30 - 20:30
09:30 - 20:30
09:30 - 13:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: National Library of Scotland | George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavoured souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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