Cafe Portrait at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh
Afternoon tea at Cafe Portrait within the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh
Cake and food counter at Cafe Portrait within the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh
Cafe Portrait at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Café Portrait
1 Queen Street

Telephone No.

0131 558 7031

Opening Times

Monday - Sunday 10.00am - 4.30pm
Counter service.
Bookings required for Afternoon Tea only from 2:30 pm (24 hours notice required for bookings).
Let us know of any dietary requirements


The magnificent building that is the Scottish National Portrait Gallery on Queen Street is a marvel in itself, let alone its collection of world-class paintings and photography. Our ground floor counter-service café combines sleek contemporary styling with a high church-like ceiling and wonderfully gothic windows. Sit surrounded by light and art or choose a table in the Snug – a smaller area a little more tucked away.

Serving our trademark made from scratch soups, sandwiches and home-baking, with lots of emphasis on freshness, exciting blends of flavours and taste, it’s our salads that often impress the most. We are delighted to have a loyal customer base, who appreciate our extra special touches. As in all our cafés there is always a strong emphasis on vegetarian and vegan food as well as non-gluten-containing so everyone can have a treat.

Talking of treats, we also offer a seasonal Afternoon Tea, which boasts a generous selection of sweet and savoury bites to be enjoyed in the cosy surroundings of our Snug. 

Please note that you must book your Afternoon Tea in advance. We are able to cater for vegetarian and non-gluten containing diets, although we don’t offer a vegan option at this time. Please stipulate when making your booking if you have any dietary requirements.

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Gift Vouchers

We are delighted to offer gift vouchers for our cafes, whether on the outskirts of the city or in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle itself within the Signet Library. How about a Champagne Celebration Afternoon Tea for that tricky-to-buy-for relative or Lunch for Two to cheer up a friend?

Each voucher can be personalised and sent instantly by email. And for your complete peace of mind we use a secure online payment provider to process your payment by credit or debit card. Solve all your present dilemmas with a simple click and give someone the gift of a Heritage Portfolio café experience  - delicious! Follow the link to find out more: