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Scottish National Portrait Gallery Cafe

Newly refurbished Portrait Gallery is a lovely building with wonderful exhibits. Before or after your visit to the galleries, a visit to the cafe is a must. It can be very busy at lunch times, and it's self service, so it's best to avoid the crowds. But the cafe itself is lovely and music-free.

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1 Queen Street
EH2 1JD Edinburgh
GB
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Loudons Cafe and Bakery

Based on, but not quite as good as, the epic Peter's Yard... nice cakes, coffees, light lunches etc. Not as crushed as P's Y, with plenty of room, free wifi, comfy couches, newspapers and best of all - no piped music!

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94b Fountainbridge
EH3 9QA Edinburgh
GB
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Edinburgh University Library Cafe

Next to the University Library on the south side of George Square, the cafe is sizeable and has comfortable chairs and sofas and quiet corners for conversations and for groups to socialise.

Open to the general public to just walk in, and generally blissfully quiet outside mealtimes.

The food is standard good cafeteria fare and the coffee is fine.

However do check the opening times on the website as they vary throughout the year.

Location

30 George Square Newington
EH8 9LJ Edinburgh
GB
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Scottish National Gallery - Garden Café

There are two cafés off the foyer of the National Gallery of Scotland. The larger of the two, the Scottish Café and Restaurant, does play piped music. However, there is a smaller one called the Garden Café (situated in the Gardens entrance) which is musac-free. The coffee is good and they have a variety of cakes and pastries. If you are lucky, you can get a table with a pleasant view of Princes Street Gardens

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The Mound
EH2 2EL Edinburgh
GB
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Jenners Cafés, Edinburgh

Unfortunately, Jenners itself does play piped music, quite loudly at times. If you can negotiate that, peace and quiet await you in their café areas. Both are self-service, one on the second floor and one on the fifth floor (Café Zest). Both serve coffee, snacks and light lunches. There is a different menu in each café. The view from the second floor café, looking out over Princes Street Gardens and the skyline of the Old Town, is particularly recommended

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47 Princes Street
EH2 2YJ Edinburgh
GB
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Bäckerei Gottschalk

If you see a bakery with a queue out of the door - morning and afternoon - you know it's going to be good. Gottschalk's Bakery is recommended for the baked goods and the coffee and also for the bustle of a busy shop, untainted by musical wallpaper when we were there last summer. There's a small indoor cafe beyond the bakery counter, with more tables outside. Graal-Müritz is a seaside resort with a sandy beach on the fringes of the North Sea port of Rostock.

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Zur Seebrücke 2 Ostseeheilbad
D-18181 Graal-Müritz
GB
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Ideal Sandwiches

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55 Broadway
SW1H 0BB London
GB
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Koko

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55 Broadway
SW1H 0BB London
GB
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Spreads

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15a New Row
WC2N 4LA London
GB
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Broadway Cafe

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16 Broadway
SW1H 0BH London
GB
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