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Southern Cross Cafe

) #7 of 148 Coffee & Tea in Edinburgh #185 of 2,022 Places to Eat in Edinburgh €€ - €€€ Cafe, British, Scottish
63A Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BS, Scotland
+44 131 622 0622
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good27%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (22 reviews)
“cakes” (78 reviews)
“eggs royale” (17 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
63A Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BS, Scotland
Neighbourhood: Old Town
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Nice place, handy for the Royal Mile and the Train Station so ideal for a full Scottish before you catch the train or visit the Castle. Service a bit slow, bit of a tight squeeze if you sit outside. Good location, Good size portions -...More

Thank Kay M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Called in on a busy morning, despite the rush service was good. The coffee we had was the best during our time in Edinburgh. My wife's scrambled eggs were very good. My bacon sandwich was very poor. Two small pieces of bacon on a dry...More

Thank david s
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We recently called here for afternoon tea and cakes tea I had my partner had black coffee we ordered carrot cake 1 almond slice and 1 apple and almond cake the cake was lovely very tasty looked like it was made on premises excellent service...More

Thank michael h
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here twice during our Edinburgh visit. Incredible service, coffee, food, and music. Highly recommend the eggs Benedict and royale. GF toast! 10/10!

Thank agoulden
Reviewed 1 week ago

Good food and coffee, slight confusion with the order but easily and quickly sorted out. Between us we had the full Scottish and the veggie breakfast. Both very good

Thank Frogman2014
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We saw this cafe while on our way to Edinburgh and were instAntly drawn to go in my the delicious looking cakes in the window but waited til later in the afternoon to go in. Unfortunately a lot of the cakes were sold by then...More

Thank Bernadette B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Quaint lil joint for coffee on Cockburn street. The crowd said it all, the food confirm it. Cakes, coffees and full breakfasts for every desire. I went simple cappuccino, croissant and an egg but there so much to pick from. The variety and good service...More

Thank Havanilla
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We shared the big breakfast and loved the variety and quality. Also best coffee anywhere in the U.K.!

Thank Sue M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Happy staff make happy customers and you with certainly get a warm welcome here. Good food and service at a relaxed pace we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this establishment. It was fairly full when we arrived for lunch and the outside seating area is...More

Thank OldBill2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

6 of us welcomed by the host and seated immediately, Great atmosphere, coffee and breakfasts! It was so good we returned the next day. Plenty variety for all our breakfast requirements. Eggs Benedict and the Breakfast buster (i think that's what it was called) were...More

Thank magins
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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Hi, do you make coffees with any dairy free milks (apart from soy)? Thank you
22 October 2016|
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Response from pedidocTx | Reviewed this property |
Peculiar. We had almond milk a while back. And the coffee and pastries were delicious. Sorry you did nor enjoy it.
Hi I was I your coffee shop this afternoon around 3.30pm I left a pair of glasses with cream coloured parts on the sides, they are my wife's glasses. Can you let me know if you have them? I left them on the seat or table on the right hand side table as you walk through the open doorway just after the cash till, at a table seating for two people. where we paid the bill. 07853665509 please call me if you have got them. Thanks George
7 August 2016|
Response from ammdav | Reviewed this property |
Wud luv to be of assistance, I'm only a traveller who visited this cafe, hope u hav better luck
kate p
Where about is it ?
19 July 2016|
Response from ammdav | Reviewed this property |
Cockburn St, one minutes walk from Royal Mile
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
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
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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.