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 here 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 ‘cooked 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, including the food critics from The List magazine who ‘hit-listed’ Café Portrait in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 edition and said this: “Fabulous salads are the stars of the show, each colourful, distinct and full of flavour.” We were delighted that our signature foodie experience has been recognised, and even more delighted that our customers (not just tourists and gallery visitors, but a growing loyal band of local fans too) are appreciating the extra touches we like to add. As in all our cafés there is always a strong emphasis on vegetarian food and also non-gluten-containing and bakes so everyone can have a treat.

Talking of treats, you can now book a table in advance at Café Portrait for our proper Afternoon Tea or buy a gift voucher, our vouchers make a great present for any occasion, what's not to love – a tiered stand of deliciousness if ever there was one. Why not push the boat out with a glass or two of Prosecco! Our Afternoon Tea is always a winner with our customers so we'd advise that you make a reservation and let us know of any dietary requirements in advance (24 hours notice is required for Afternoon Tea bookings and we cater to vegetarian as well as using non-gluten-containing ingredients, at this time we don't offer a vegan afternoon tea.)  

Please note that we only accept afternoon tea bookings.

AFTERNOON TEA GIFT VOUCHERS - £40 for two when you book in advance (or £20 for one.) Please book using the booking facility on this page. 

Angela is our brilliant General Manger here, supported by Kevin  Assistant  Gm & Kamila  senior supervisor . in control stove – side is head chef Jay & Mime who produce all the amazing food.



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