The Elephant House

Address The Elephant House, 21 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN, Scotland, UK
Telephone: 0131-220-5355 Fax: 0131-220-4272

Famous as one of the places where J.K. Rowling, then a hard-up single mum, nursed her cups of coffee while penning the first Harry Potter novel, this is a decent daytime and evening café with a terrific room at the back full of philosophizing students and visitors peering dreamily at the views of the Castle.

The Elephant House serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. We stock a large selection of teas and coffees, wines, draught and bottled beers and a very affordable selection of cakes, tray-bakes and main dishes. Come drop by The Elephant House and see our collection of over 600 elephants of all shapes and sizes, many of which are for sale.

Ian Rankin, author of the bestselling Rebus novels, and Alexander McCall-Smith, author of The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and other series of novels, have also frequented The Elephant House, as well as many others throughout the years. Experience the magic yourself. Visit us and savour a cup of tea or coffee before venturing out to explore historic Edinburgh.

Daily: 8.00am–11.00pm. Inexpensive.

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