10 popular Edinburgh cafés and restaurants in Holyrood


If you’ve passed through Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, why not stop for something to eat at one of these 10 popular cafés and restaurants in Holyrood. If it’s breakfast or lunch, a sophisticated afternoon tea or beer and burger you’re after, you certainly won’t go hungry.

Café at the Palace

When visiting Holyrood Palace stop off for a spot of lunch. For something really special though book in for afternoon tea. Homemade cakes, scones and sandwiches, available from 1pm until 4pm, £18.95 per person.

Clarinda’s Tea Room

Things are all very homely in Clarinda’s Tea Room. The old-fashioned table clothes and teapots, the cake trolley with a good selection of home baked goodies all make for the perfect place for a very British afternoon tea.

Sugarhouse Sandwiches

With Holyrood Park and the famous vantage point of Arthur’s Seat just a couple of minutes away from Sugarhouse Sandwiches, pick up lunch and have yourself a picnic. There is however places to sit and watch the world go by, or start your day with a fry up.


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This is a popular vegetarian restaurant where fresh fruit and vegetables are delivered daily, so plenty of healthy options are on offer at Henderson’s. The restaurant also takes pride in supporting local artists and musicians.

The Kilderkin

More of a pub than a café or restaurant, but still goes down well among locals and visitors alike. Stay traditional to your surroundings with the very Scottish menu featuring haggis, Neeps n Tatties and of course whisky.

Serenity Café

This community run café is operating for a great cause, helping those in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse. Everyone deserves a second chance, so what better way to show your support than sharing a coffee and cake.


Part of the Macdonald Hotel group, Acanthus takes classic Scottish dishes transforming them into a meal to remember. Available to passing trade, you can book your lunch or early evening meal online.

The Holyrood 9A

At the Holyrood, expect in essence two things – great burgers and great beer. With 15 burgers available there’s everything from your classic beef patty to a more exotic deer and black pudding.

21212 Restaurant

Run by the team of Paul Kitching and Katie O’Brien, this Michelin star restaurant provides Holyrood with the best in fine dining. Set across four floors of an old Georgian townhouse, the 21212 specialises in contemporary French cooking.

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