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The Elephant House, Edinburgh

24 October 2008

The Elephant House, Edinburgh

Famously a haunt of J K Rowling, The Elephant House is a wonderful coffee shop in Edinburgh’s Old Town.

It’s a charming mixture of classic tea room trim, ornate chandeliers and….. elephants. Lots and lots of elephants.

The Elephant House, Edinburgh The Elephant House, Edinburgh

My companion and I, lucky to find a seat on a busy Friday afternoon, parked ourselves by a window with a view of the castle.  We chatted about Edinburgh (it was my first visit) and did the crossword, and I could have happily stayed there for hours.

The Elephant House, Edinburgh The Elephant House, Edinburgh

I had a couple of coffees. Both were very good, although not (in hindsight) my favourite of the weekend. Also, I’m told the hot chocolate might not be as good as that on offer elswhere in Scotland’s capital.

The Elephant House, Edinburgh The Elephant House, Edinburgh

But the draw of The Elephant House is its personality.  It’s a place to tutor pretty young lady undergraduates in the ways of sodium chloride (the couple opposite), to beaver away at a laptop (the bloke on the next table) and to while away the years writing books about wizards.

There’s tradition and warmth here, and a good dollop of humour.  It’s not just any old coffee shop.

The Elephant House, Edinburgh The Elephant House, Edinburgh


Address
21 George IV Bridge
Edinburgh
Scotland
EH1 1EN

Website: http://www.elephanthouse.biz

We visited on 24 October 2008.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Katy Plumber 15 September 2010 at 10:20 am

    My friend works in the Elephant and she loves it. Whenever I go in there the service is fantastic and I love their hot drinks.

  • Reply Joe the Plumber 24 November 2012 at 4:38 am

    Loving the Elephant House in Edinburgh will be visiting again soon for sure!

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