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Elephant House

) #32 of 61 Dessert in Edinburgh #595 of 2,038 Places to Eat in Edinburgh $$ - $$$ Cafe, British,
21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN, Scotland
+44 131 220 5355
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  • Excellent22%
  • Very good35%
  • Average23%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible9%
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Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is the cafe where the idea of Harry Potter was born. Every corner of place speaks of him or of the author. Even if you are not a Potter's fan drop by for a visit. You will find good food, a great view of...More

Thank titwo
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Stopped in for a late lunch. Ended up with a table in the back. Very hot. Service was so slow we finally left after sitting and waiting for a waiter to take our order. Really overrated.

Thank ken J
Reviewed 2 days ago

Myself, wife and 3-year-old daughter went on a sunny summer afternoon for an early dinner. Short wait in line for a table (it was busy for a reason!) then service was excellent and food really quick. Food was tasty. There was something about JK Rowling...More

Thank Benjamin M
Reviewed 2 days ago

I wouldn't recommend this establishment for anything more than a take away drink and a picture of the toilets. That's it.It seems to pride itself more on its association with J.K. Rowling and less on the quality of the food and drink. But after our...More

Thank Chedwood
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Word of advice for all Harry Potter fans: go for a takeaway coffee, get a pic of the table by the window where JK apparently wrote her masterpiece and go eat somewhere else. I was so excited about having a nice cup of tea and...More

1  Thank Diana J
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Firstly, I was excited to go there, like any HP fan. They welcomed us friendly. The server took out ordres and I only asked for classes of water with our pizzas and meals : we got 4 tiny plastic glasses...I mean, it is not a...More

Thank SatVal
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A good coffee (the best I drunk in my visit to Edinburgh) and a delicious hazelnuts and Nutella cake. It was interesting to be in the birthplace of Harry Potter. I recommend this place to take a coffee, tea, cake or shortbreads. Small capuccino: 2,55£....More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Lovely little café with great cake! Amazing view of the castle from the back! Toilets were a real tribute to the Harry Potter series, shame the quality (and cleanliness?!) wasn't amazing. Wouldn't stop me from returning though as the food was fab!

Thank Hannah M
Reviewed 5 days ago

If you are fortunate enough to get a table, and fortunate enough to visit when the place isn't overcrowded, this is a very cosy coffee shop with excellent drink and food choices. The J.K Rowling/Potter association is worth it for the fans and the graffiti...More

Thank Daniel D
Reviewed 5 days ago

I stopped in for lunch on a wet Tuesday and had a 20min wait for a table. Once seated I ordered the Potato and Leek soup (soup of the day) but was delivered a completely different soup which I didn't want. Apparently the leek and...More

Thank Kym H
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 220 5355
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