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Cafe on the Mound

16 North Bank Street | The Mound, Edinburgh EH1 2LP, Scotland
+44 131 226 7809
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good28%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“sandwiches” (14 reviews)
“soup” (14 reviews)
“cake” (8 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Soups, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
16 North Bank Street | The Mound, Edinburgh EH1 2LP, Scotland
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Reviewed today

I popped in on Saturday for a quick sugar hit and grabbed a piece rhubarb pistachio tiffin. TOTAL HEAVEN - and I know cake! Such a chilled vibe, lovely sunny spot. A treasure of a cafe, just off the Royal Mile. Thanks CotM - wish...More

Thank Louise V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

So will situated just above the Scottish National Gallery on the Mound. When we visited it seemed to be coping well with lots of customers. It saved the day for us as we had been walking for a while and all the coffee outlets we...More

Thank Ronald S
Reviewed 14 August 2018

Great cafe, we had lunch on the hoof. Excellent range of food, sandwiches, cakes, etc. Perfect before catching shows at the Assembly Hall

1  Thank Dickyv11
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

Nice stop half way up the walk to the Royal Mile from Princes Street Gardens. Plenty of nice snacks, great service. Memorable Oor Willie cartoon strips on the back of a door on the way to the toilets for those who may remember !!

Thank cant83
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

I arrived in Edinburgh on an early train with time to spare before a Festival event and had an excellent Scottish Breakfast at this friendly and welcoming spot, which was not uncomfortably busy despite the crowds of festival goers (myself included). Friendly staff, good food...More

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

A very welcoming and homely vibe with great customer service. The staff are all very knowledgeable and friendly. Me and my partner were treated to a brie and cranberry panini with a lovely fresh side salad. Our server Daniel was a breath of fresh air...More

Thank Luke M
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

A lovely cafe, with very helpful staff and fantastic food, gluten free options available. Very reasonable priced. We would definitely recommend to tourists and locals alike.

Thank Hebridean I
Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

Lovely cafe, warm and welcoming, comfortable, great for a quick snack and a cuppa. I’d say this is the place where a lot of tourists would stop off.

Thank weekak
Reviewed 19 June 2018

This is a great coffee shop to relax from the tourist busy street above in front of the Edinburgh Castle. The coffee shop was not so busy and the services was quick and polite. I recommend this place for good coffee and relaxed atmosphere.

Thank maghh05
Reviewed 15 June 2018

Very disappoionted with service , staff appeared to have a don't care attitude . Ordered coffee , waited almost 20 minutes , no coffee - saw others come in after us and they had drinks & food served - was offered another person's meal !...More

Thank Jan196306
Peter G, Owner at Cafe on the Mound, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write this. I am very sorry about the experience you report which (as you can see from other TA reports) is very unusual for us. It is important to find out what went wrong so we can correct...More

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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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$12
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 17:30
08:00 - 17:30
08:00 - 17:30
08:00 - 17:30
08:00 - 17:30
09:00 - 17:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16 North Bank Street | The Mound, Edinburgh EH1 2LP, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 226 7809
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The cafe opened in March 2012, originally under the name Cafe Musa. It is privately owned and sits near the top of the Mound with spectacular views over Princes Street to Fife. Handy for the High Street or on your way to the Castle from the New Town. We make on the premises our own soups and main course specials and an increasing range of cakes and bakery items. During the Edinburgh Festival we sell beer and wine. We changed our name to Cafe on the Mound in Summer 2016.
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