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Southern Cross Cafe

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$$ - $$$
Old Town
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63A Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BS, Scotland
+44 131 622 0622
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Stopped off for cappuccinos, craft beer and apple+almond slices for a pit-stop when wandering around town & a little tired. Perhaps a little pricey with a bit of a hipster vibe but that seems to be Edinburgh (price not hipsters; we'll leave that to Shoreditch, London) & for a comfy home-style cafe it's fine & certainly much better than the... More 

Thank Scuba_Hopper
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4 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We found this little cafe when walking across the North Bridge down a side street. Very friendly staff and a good menu. Intially we just wanted a coffee and cake but it progressed to sharing a couple of paninis, ciders and then the cakes. We arrived 20 mins before they closed at 1700hrs, but they said that there was no... More 

Thank Jaspertom
Cramlington, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We tend to stop in here for a quick bite to eat every time we are in Edinburgh. On this visit we had two full Scottish breakfasts, and once again loved them. The staff are so cheerful and helpful, the food is always top quality, and the it such a cosy little place, you cant fail to smile. A wonderful... More 

Thank Lee180Harris
Tacoma, Washington
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103 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Delicious breakfast. I started off breakfast with a flat white which was excellent. I had the full Scottish breakfast. It came with a fried egg which was cooked perfectly, sausage, bacon, mushrooms, tomato, toast, tattie scone and haggis. The whole meal was delicious! I personally am not a fan of haggis, definitely an acquired taste. The meal was filling and... More 

Thank Stephanie0988
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6 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Most breakfast places we came across didn't open until 9am or later. Fortunately, because we had an early afternoon flight, Southern Cross Cafe was open at 8am. Saturday the place filled up at about 8:30am. The food was good and reasonably priced. The location is really central and easy to find. They also sell fresh baked goods in addition to... More 

Thank MoonbeamTraveller
Chesapeake, Virginia
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place was jumping when we got there. Took a while to get a table and get our order in but it was worth it! The eggs benedict was absolutely delicious!

Thank r_big3low
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89 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Gave this a go today..Very busy so we expected a bit of a wait for food but honestly how long does it take to make a salad and breakfast? We were greeted by a friendly waitress who thoughtfully showed us to a cramped table with a view of a wall for both of us.Hmm.There were tables for 2 free up... More 

Thank Lakeland5
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've had my fair share of coffee breaks at various places similar to this cafe. This ranks right up there! Perfect for a short break and cake.

Thank Michael H
Dundee, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Got in here after long day walking about Edinburgh city, before train back to home. Right down few steps Waverley train station. Barista making nice coffe by test and view! Friendly and responsive staff The carrot cake was beatiful and other hand made cakes looks wonderful. We were very happy for turning there for some rest and fueling!

Thank vendens
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174 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice setting near the royal mile. Staff are really friendly. Good choice of food. Opted for smoked salmon and goats cheese salad. Both good. Served quickly and efficiently. Really popular place so expect to wait

Thank GuidoScotland

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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
Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Old Town

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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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