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18 Nicolson Street,
0131 527 1686
Monday to Friday 8am - 10pm
Saturday 9am - 9pm
Sunday 9am - 7pm
No need to book
If you're heading to the south of the city centre then definitely pop into Café 1505; so named after the year the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh was founded – it’s a gem of a place within the Royal College of Surgeons courtyard, right opposite the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh.
Here you can sip one of our perfectly crafted lattes and look out onto the tranquil College gardens – a far cry from the bustling city streets beyond. Inside, sleek, contemporary styling gives a nod to our inner hipster: simple, beautifully made wooden tables and chairs offset the gloriously painted ceiling. The surrounding buildings may be steeped in history but the complimentary WIFI and power (available at most seats) brings Café 1505 bang up to date: perfect if it’s not just you that needs recharging.
Our trademark ‘cooked from scratch’ soups, sandwiches and legendary home baking are bursting with seasonal flavours and always sprinkled with a little imagination, so you might find a quirky beetroot and feta Scone of the Week, for example, or a (homegrown) lavender cake. Like all our cafes, we have lots of fun devising creative vegetarian and vegan recipes as well as dishes to please the dedicated carnivore. And because these days so many customers are asking for gluten-free or dairy-free alternatives, Café 1505 always comes up trumps on the allergy front too.
Our range of beverages spans organic Fairtrade Equal Exchange coffee (grown by women in Nicaragua, Peru and Uganda), a small but spot-on wine selection by Corney & Barrow and not forgetting our very own craft beer 1505 Ale, created by Knops Brewery brewed with licorice root, bitter orange and cardamon. Or for a refreshing hint of the exotic may we recommend a Greenall’s Gin & Pink Grapefruit?
The café is now open from 8am so, whether it’s a healthy working breakfast to sit in or to take-away, light pre-matinée lunch or simply a grown up drink in rather marvellous surroundings, we’d love to see you soon at Café 1505.
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