University Cafes and Catering

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Our catering outlets in the Central area campus.

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40 George Square Cafe

40 George square cafe

The 40 George Square Café is located in 40 George Square.

It provides an extensive range of freshly ground speciality coffees and organic Fairtrade teas, along with soups, baked potatoes and a wide selection of sandwiches, panini, baguettes and salads, together with confectionary, soft drinks, freshly made smoothies and frappés.

Opening times

Festive closure:

  • Last trading day: Friday 17 December 2021
  • Reopening: Monday 10 January 2022

Term time:

  • Mon - Fri: 08:30 - 18:00

Non-term time:

  • Mon - Fri: 08:30 - 16:30

Menu

Allergen and nutritional information

Absorb Appleton tower

Absorb appleton tower

Located in the central Appleton Tower, Absorb is a café open to both students and staff alike. 

We have a full wireless network for laptop use, as well as over 50 fixed desktop computers for you to use for free.

We offer an extensive range of freshly-ground speciality coffees and organic Fairtrade teas. In addition, we have a wide selection of sandwiches, panini, baguettes and salads, together with confectionery, soft drinks, freshly-made smoothies and frappés.

Opening times

Festive closure:

  • Last trading day: Friday 3 December 2021
  • Reopening: 17 January 2022

Term time:

  • Mon, Tue, Thurs: 08:30 - 16:00
  • Wed & Fri: 08:30 - 16:00

Non-term time:

  • Closed

Menu

Allergen and nutritional information

 

Bayes

Bayes cafe interior

Opened in September 2018, Bayes is the café within the Bayes Centre, which supports a diverse population of users including the School of Informatics, other internal users and external groups including start-up companies and research groups amongst many others. 

Bayes provides a variety of food offers through the day including fruit and bircher pots, hot breakfast rolls, breakfast street food items, pasties and muffins. For lunch choose from an extensive range of salad boxes, wraps, snack pots and panini as filled pretzel rolls, wraps, brioche buns and folded nan which can be cooked to order or during busier periods just pick and go from our ready to eat self-serve counter.

In addition if a flat white, green tea or a skinny mocha made with soya milk is your preferred drink, an extensive range of fully ground 100% Arabica coffees and organic fair trade teas are available throughout the day.

Opening times 

Festive closure:

  • Last trading day: Friday 17 December 2021
  • Reopening: Monday 10 January 2022

Term time:

  • Mon - Fri: 09:00 - 16:00

Non-term time:

  • Mon - Fri: 09:00 - 16:00

Menu

Allergen and nutritional information

The Cafe

 
ECA

“The Café” opened in 2018 following an extensive refurbishment of the former catering restaurant “ECAfe” within Edinburgh College of Art. The first significant investment in catering at ECA since the merger with the University in 2011, an exciting new integrated dining, study and relaxation space has been created which is also open to staff and students as a multi-use space when the café is closed. 

“The Café” through the use of simple tile, wood, and concrete provides a very clean, Scandinavian style of environment as well as providing a range of different seating configurations suitable for both dining, socialising and both individual and group collaborative study.

The extensive menu focuses on offering the best produce from Scotland and the UK while providing you with a variety of choices.  Order from the hot counter and all plates will be delivered to your table or choose from the “Grab and Go” counter if you are in a hurry.

In addition to an extensive range of fully ground 100% Arabica coffees and organic fair trade teas, for breakfast choices look for our wide range of pancakes topped with a regular changing range of toppings, or perhaps French toast with banana and yogurt is your preferred choice to start the day.

For lunch choose from the speciality sandwiches, salads and pasta dishes and see our daily hot dish or burger of the day.

Opening times 

Festive closure:

  • Last trading day: Friday 10 December 2021 (from 14:00)
  • Reopening: Monday 10 January 2022

Term time:

  • Mon - Fri: 08:30 - 15:30

Non-term time:

  • Mon - Fri: 08:30 - 15:00

Sit in menu

Grab and go menu

Allergen and nutritional information

 

ECCI Cafe

ECCI Cafe interior

ECCI Café can be found at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation located within the Old High School on Infirmary Street. The café is open Monday to Friday serving a range of food.

We offer hot and cold snacks such as paninis, baguettes, soup and baked potatoes as well as a choice of hot drinks, freshly made smoothies and a wide selection of confectionary and crisps.

The café is located on the ground floor with a lovely outside seating area as well as a choice of booths, tables and stools inside.

Opening times 

Festive closure:

  • Last trading day: Friday 3 December 2021
  • Reopening: Monday 10 January 2022

Opening times:

  • Mon - Fri: 08:30 - 16:00

Menu

Allergen and nutritional information

 

The Exchange cafe

 
Exchange cafe

The Exchange Café is a bright, easily accessible cafe within the heart of the University's central area located on the ground floor of The Business School at 29 Buccleuch Place. 

The Café is open to the public and offers a wide selection of food and beverages all freshly prepared each morning. Look out for baked potatoes, healthy options such as soup, salads and sushi, plus fairtrade tea and coffee, cakes, pastries, freshly baked cookies and muffins. It's a great place to relax or to grab a snack to take away.

Opening times 

Festive closure:

  • Last trading day: Friday 10 December 2021
  • Reopening: Monday 10 January 2022

Term time:

  • Mon - Fri: 08:30 - 16:00

Non-term time:

  • Mon - Fri: 08:30 - 16:00

Menu

Allergen and nutritional information

 

ground

ground cafe

"ground" is located on the ground floor at the main entrance to the Chrystal Macmillan Building on our George Square campus. 

Following a full refurbishment over summer 2015, "ground" has created a dedicated student/staff learning, study and meeting space with a supported catering offering accessible to everyone throughout the year.

Ground is open Monday to Friday offering 100% Arabica barista coffee, organic teas and a wide range of chilled drinks to keep you cool, along with a selection of hot and cold snacks including soup, panini, crisps and cakes.

Opening times

Festive closure:

  • Last trading day: Friday 3 December 2021
  • Reopening: Monday 10 January 2022

Term time

  • Mon - Fri: 09:00 - 16:00

Non-term time

  • Mon - Fri: 09:00 - 16:00

Menu

Allergen and nutritional information

Levels (Holyrood Road)

Hot food at Levels cafe
 

Levels Café and Lounge located on Holyrood Road is the University of Edinburgh's latest café. Its three distinctive Levels/Lounge areas provide a quirky, buzzing but comfortable setting in which to relax and enjoy a varied selection of food and drinks.

Our extensive menu focuses on offering the best produce from Scotland and the UK while providing you with a variety of options to choose from.

For breakfast, the choice is yours - if you want a massive breakfast to kick start your day... our 'Legendary nine item breakfast' has you covered! However if you prefer something on the healthy side why not try our wide range of cereals, yoghurts and Bircher muesli pots. With our 100% fresh Fairtrade Arabica barista coffee and extensive selection of teas available, it is the perfect place to enjoy the most important meal of the day.

We also offer lunch and dinner menus, which are packed full of tasty, light, hot and cold options such as panini, baguettes, baked potatoes, salads and soups to match any craving you may have. Furthermore, do not forget that Levels Café and lounge is also fully licenced...so why not enjoy a glass of red or white wine from our hand-picked selection, or even a craft beer and we will take care of you.

Remember - if you are a University staff or student, make sure register with UPay for an exclusive discount on all prices!

See what our customers had to say on Tripadvisor:

"It is a great cafe! I attended a college event there and it was so clean, well decorated and the food was amazing! The staff is also really friendly!"

"The staff here is truly fantastic and very welcoming. This, along with the great coffee, and modern, yet cozy building makes Levels a worthwhile stop."

Google:

"Lovely breakfast, well priced, top coffee and really friendly staff."

Opening times 

Festive closure:

  • Last trading day: Friday 17 December 2021
  • Reopening: Monday 10 January 2022

Opening times:

  • Mon - Fri: 08:00 - 17:00
  • Sat: 10:00 - 16:00
  • Sun: Closed

Menu

Allergen and nutritional information

 

Library Cafe 

Library cafe interior
The Library Café is located on the ground floor of the main Library at George Square, in the heart of the University's central area making it easily accessible to everyone throughout the year.
 

The Library Café is already an integral part of the main library building. Its a bright, vibrant space with something for everyone. Come along and relax and have a coffee in our huge curvy sofas, dine at the funky tables and chairs or continue working at one of the many flat screen PC's.

Opening times:

Festive closure:

  • Last trading day: Wednesday 22 December 2021
  • Reopening: Thursday 6 January 2022

Term time:

  • Mon - Thurs: 08:30 - 22:00

  • Fri: 08:30 - 18:00

  • Sat: 10:00 - 18:00

  • Sun: 10:00 - 18:00

Non-term time:

  • Mon - Thurs: 08:30 - 17:00

  • Fri: 08:30 - 16:00

  • Sat - Sun: Closed

Menu
Allergen and nutritional information

 

Quad Cafe

 
Image of full capacity quad cafe in old college

Following a full refurbishment Quad Café opened in the iconic “Old College” , home to the Law School. A beautiful environment has been created for study, collaboration and relaxation.

Quad Cafe provides a variety of food offers through the day including fruit and bircher pots, hot breakfast rolls, breakfast street food items, pasties and muffins. For lunch choose from an extensive range of salad boxes, wraps, snack pots and panini as well as filled pretzel rolls, wraps, brioche buns and folded naan which can be cooked to order or during busier periods just pick and go from our ready to eat self-serve counter.

Opening times

Festive closure:

  • Last trading day: Friday 17 December 2021
  • Reopening: Monday 10 January 2022

Term time

  • Mon - Thur: 08:30 - 16:30
  • Fri: 08:30 - 16:00

Non-term time

  • Mon - Fri: 08:30 - 16:00

Menu

Allergen and nutritional information