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Southern Cross Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Old Town
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63A Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BS, Scotland
+44 131 622 0622
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Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was delicious and dirt cheap! The food was delightful and it had a huge range of breakfast foods! It also had the best coffee I've had in a long time!!

Thank Foodlover7711993
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the Southern Cross cafe for a quick breakfast before we went sightseeing. After skimming the reviews on TripAdvisor we decided to go in however we were disappointed. The decor in the cafe is lovely and the ambience is nice but the food itself was disappointing. We ordered the eggs royale and eggs florentine. The salmon on the eggs... More 

Thank Josie J
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stopped for a coffee here, it was lively and lovely. Had a gluten free chocolate slice which was out of this world. wide range of coffees, herbal teas, great spot to visit.

Thank AliHappyTraveller
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great service! Quirky little cafe which is surprisingly 3 floors! Stumbled upon by chance ! The breakfast was so tasty and everything was of top quality ! Included haggis and tattie scone which were delicious!!! If I ever return I will be straight back !! Also seen someone have eggs Benedict which looked delicious !!!!

Thank rmc11
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Good lunch selection (salads, burgers, panini's etc.) and excellent cakes! Also they had several dietary requirement options. Loved the decor.

Thank woolfhul
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited on a damp, grey morning and were welcomed by cheerful, welcoming staff who quickly cleared and table and got us 4 seated. It was a fabulous surprise to find a dairy and wheat free cake on the menu (a rarity for me!) and a must as we were away celebrating my 50th - the almond and apple cake... More 

Thank Larlie_13
London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stopped off here twice for a pick me up coffee during our wanders round Edinburgh Old Town. Our coffees were really good and the service was relatively swift. It wasn't cheap (almost £6 for a flat white and an americano). The second time we visited, they didn't have the tea that I wanted in stock although it was on... More 

Thank rjd336
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here today and had a coffee from a machine that clearly hadnt been cleaned at all!! Bitter coffee, cakes were mostly sold which i guess means they were good but because of the poor coffee i wont be back earlier to try the cakes

Thank coffee_girl88
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great coffee, friendly service and tasty food. Gluten and dairy free cakes available and scrummy. Free WiFi.

Thank nigel r
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A cute cafe with good coffee's and hot chocolate. The service was good (friendly personnel). If you want to drink a coffee, read a book or newspaper, then this is your cafe!

Thank Lars V

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 63A Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BS, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 622 0622
The Southern Cross Cafe is in the heart of the Old Town, on Cockburn St which links the old town with the new town.We are very proud of our coffee and our home made cakes. Our tasty food is simple and uncomplicated as we use only fresh Scottish sourced products.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • 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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