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Café Modern One
75 Belford Road

Telephone No.

0131 332 6245

Opening Times

Re-opening 14th May
Monday to Sunday 10am-4.30pm
Last Orders at 4pm
No need to book


Take a scenic stroll along the Water of Leith and approached across the extraordinary Jencks landform green lawns, you’ll find the neon-lit, neoclassical building that is the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. If you prefer to drive there is plenty of parking.

Our stylish contemporary café space here is light and bright with tables spilling out onto a stone terrace in the beautiful walled garden, making it one of the prettiest lunch spots in the city on a sunny day.

The kitchen garden, lovingly cultivated by our Gardner Wendy, is a fantastic source of fruit and veg throughout the year, producing apples, plums, pears, berries, rhubarb, asparagus, salad leaves and herbs, even edible flowers – they all make their way into our ‘cooking from scratch’ menu.  We reckon the journey from plot to plate doesn’t get much shorter than that.  As well as huge sandwiches made using delectable ingredients and artisan bread; wholesome but zingy salads and soups, the Modern One cakes and puds are gaining iconic status - once tasted, the Belgian chocolate brownie is notorious for its irresistibility to even the strictest dieter.

Despite our natural modesty we were so delighted to get this 5* review from those sticklers at The List magazine for their most recent (2014) Guide to Eating and Drinking in Edinburgh, which we think sums us up brilliantly:

"Soups and deli sandwiches are made with all sorts of interesting combos.  The feta, sweet potato and hazelnut puff pastry tart is a mini adventure of tastes and textures, and the salads are both generous and delicious – even the green salad is lifted out of the ordinary by a zingy mustard dressing.  Cakes and bakes are homemade and range from the plain delicious to the experimental…"  The List, Food & Drink Guide 2015.

Planning a celebration or special occasion?

The interiors offer fantastic design with fabulous art which, when combined with our creative cocktails and imaginative food, creates the perfect venue for your evening event!  Speak to a member of our team about planning your next party.

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If you're looking for a gift for a foodie, you can't go wrong with one of our gift vouchers - the perfect solution for 'tricky to buy for' friends and family.



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