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National Library of Scotland Cafe

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Cafe, British,
National Library of Scotland | George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good50%
  • Average15%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible7%
25 Aug 2017
“Excellent place to enjoy a quiet lunch ”
25 Apr 2017
“Good place to stop for some lunch”
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09:30 - 20:30All hours
Cafe, British, Scottish
National Library of Scotland | George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I’ve a soft spot for this place. I like that the cafe seating area is basically the Library’s open-plan shop. I like how the TVs are always tuned to show bus timetables and BBC News (you get to watch the subtitles live so you can...More

Thank KRMoustache
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a very good exhibition of a very talented Author. Very interesting history of her life and a great selection of her records and letters of important events in her life time. Covers of all her books displayed well.

Thank MuClarke
Reviewed 16 November 2017

A lovely surprise as you venture into the National Library. A pleasant, quiet, special little cafe. Very reasonable prices. Wonderful.

Thank vonnierobbie
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

During our visit to the festival we came in here almost every day for lunch. We appreciated the relative peace and quiet, the simple but nicely prepared and served food and on a couple of occasions the ability to plug in our phones to recharge...More

1  Thank Richard L
Reviewed 14 May 2017

nice place at the library, where you can get into one of the permanent exhibits as you walk up the stairs. They do a range of sandwiches, cakes, soup and a variety of teas.

Thank EdinburghSharon
Reviewed 25 April 2017

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...More

Thank PtarmiganTraveller
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,...More

1  Thank PtarmiganTraveller
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
Reviewed 14 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...More

Thank SaraLovesTravel
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
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
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Cafe, British, Scottish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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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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