These are the muzac-free cafes and restaurants that we are aware of in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Please help us to keep this list up to date by contacting us with any additions or corrections.

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Within the city

Archipelago Bakery 39 Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6QQ (tel: 0131 281 0341)

Balcony Café National Museum of Scotland (level 3), Chamber Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF (tel: 0300 123 6789)

La Barantine 202 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh EH10 4DG (tel: 0131 229 0267)

La Barantine 89 Victoria Street, Edinburgh EH1 2JP (tel: 0131 226 4927)

Braids Hill Hotel 134 Braid Road, Edinburgh EH10 6JD (tel: 0131 447 8888). No music in entrance lounge where tea, coffee, drinks and bar snacks are served

Breadshare Bakery and Café 11-12 Seafield Road East, Portobello, Edinburgh EH15 1EB (tel: 0131 258 5165)

Butterflies Café Marchmont St Giles' Church, 1a Kilgraston Road, Edinburgh EH9 2DW (tel: 0131 447 4359)

Café at the National Library of Scotland George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EW (tel: 0131 623 3700)

Café at the Palace of Holyroodhouse  Edinburgh EH8 8DX (tel: 0131 652 3685). Front area muzac-free; back room does play soft instrumental music

Café Modern One Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, 75 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3DR (tel: 0131 624 6200)

Café Modern Two  Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two, 73 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3DS (tel: 0131 624 6200)

Café Portrait  Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen St, Edinburgh EH2 1JD (tel: 0131 624 6200) [some background noise from hard surfaces]

Café W Waterstones Fort Kinnaird 31B Fort Kinnaird, Edinburgh, EH15 3RD (tel: 0131 344 4754)

Café W Waterstones West End, 128 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4AD (tel: 0131 226 2666)

Café Zest Jenners department store (fifth floor), 48 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2YJ (tel: 0844 800 3725)

The Cloisters  26 Brougham Street, Edinburgh EH3 9JH (tel: 0131 221 9997)

CoffeeHub (part of the new Lothian TravelHub), 49 Shandwick Place, Edinburgh EH2 4SD

Cote Restaurant 51 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1LH (tel: 0131 202 6256) Does play music but there is a private dining room where music can be turned off completely. You need to request it.

Cramond Falls Café 10 School Brae, Edinburgh EH4 6JN (tel: 0131 312 8408)

Cramond Gallery Bistro 4-5 Riverside, Edinburgh EH4 6NY (tel: 0131 312 6555)

The  Cramond Inn  30 Cramond Glebe Road, Edinburgh EH4 6NU (tel: 0131 336 2035)

David Bann  56-58 St Mary's Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SX (tel: 0131 556 5888)

Deacon's House Cafe Brodie's Court, 304 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PS (tel: 0131 226 1894)

Dining Room  The Scotch Malt Whisky Society, 28 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JX (tel: 0131 220 2044)

l'Escargot Bleu 56 Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3SA (tel: 0131 557 1600) This restaurant does play music but it has a muzac-free dining area. You need to request it.

Falko (Konditormeister) 185 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh EH10 4DG (tel: 0131 656 0763)

Filmhouse Café Bar  88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH3 9BZ (tel: 0131 229 5932). The side bar is usually muzac-free.

Forsyth's Tea Room Chalmers Close, 81 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR (tel: 0131 557 5150)

The Garden Room Café Dr Neil's Garden, Old Church Lane, Duddingston Village, Edinburgh, EH15 3PX (tel: 07849 187 995) Limited opening hours

The Gurkha 128 Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 4BX (tel: 0131 447 8114)

Holyroodhouse see Café at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

I. J. Mellis 6 Bakers Place, Edinburgh EH3 6SY (tel: 0131 225 6566). It has a little room up at the back where you can get coffee and a sandwich in peace and quiet. Closes at 4pm.

Ignite  272-274 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8DT (tel: 0131 228 5666)

The Indian Cavalry Club  22 Coates Crescent, Edinburgh EH3 7AF (tel: 0131 220 0138)

Jenners department store (fifth floor) see Café Zest

Jenners department store (second floor) see Second Floor Café

John Lewis department store see Place to Eat

Klondyke Garden Centre see Topiary Coffee Shop

Koffee Pot 298 Gorgie Rd, Edinburgh EH11 2PP (tel: 0131 538 8595)

Library Café 30 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LJ (tel: 0131 650 3409)

Loudon's Café & Bakery  Lochrin Square, 94b Fountainbridge, Edinburgh EH3 9QA (tel: 0131 228 9774)

Marchmont St Giles' Church see Butterflies Café

Mellis Cheese see I.J. Mellis

Mosque Kitchen 31-33 Nicholson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BX (tel: 0131 667 4035)

Museum Brasserie  National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF (tel: 0131 247 4084)

National Library of Scotland see Café at the National Library of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland (Main Hall) see Museum Brasserie

National Museum of Scotland (level 3) see Balcony Café

Open Door 420 Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 5HY (tel: 0131 447 9757). Live music on Wednesdays, 2-4pm.

Palace of Holyroodhouse see Café at the Palace of Holyroodhouse

Parliament Café The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh EH99 1SP (tel: 0131 348 5000)

Patisserie Florentin 5 N W Circus Pl, Edinburgh EH3 6ST (tel: 0131 220 0225). The back room is music-free.

Patisserie Valerie Unit 35a Fort Kinnaird Retail Park, Newcraighall, Edinburgh EH15 3RD (tel: 0131 657 4829)

Patisserie Valerie 25 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EN (tel: 0131 226 2092)

Patisserie Valerie 25 North Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1SB (tel: 0131 557 1533)

Patisserie Valerie 158-162 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 3JD (tel: 0131 220 1336)

Peter's Yard  27 Simpson Loan (Quartermile), Edinburgh EH3 9GG (tel: 0131 228 5876)

Place to Eat John Lewis department store, St James Centre, Edinburgh EH1 3SP (tel: 0844 693 1740)

Rhubarb Restaurant Prestonfield House Hotel, Edinburgh, EH16 5UT (tel: 0131 225 1333)

Scotlands People Café New Register House, 3 West Register Street, Edinburgh EH1 3YT (tel: 0131 314 4300)

Scottish National Gallery see Contini Espresso

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One see Café Modern One

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two see Café Modern Two

Scottish National Portrait Gallery see Café Portrait

Scottish Parliament see Parliament Café

Second Floor Café Jenners, 48 Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 2YJ (tel: 0844 800 3725)

Secret Herb Garden 32a Old Pentland Road, Damhead, Edinburgh EH10 7EA (tel: 07525 069 773)

Skean Dhu 8 Leven Street, Tollcross, Edinburgh EH3 9LG (tel: 0131 229 5143)

S Luca of Musselburgh 16 Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 4DB (tel: 0131 446 0233)

Southside Community Centre 117 Nicolson Street EH8 9ER (tel: 0131 667 0484)

St Andrew's and St George's West Church see The Undercroft Café

Sugar Daddy's 8 Roseneath Street, Marchmont, Edinburgh, EH9 1JH (tel:

Terrace Café (Royal Botanic Garden) Inverleith Row, Edinburgh EH3 5LR (tel: 0131 552 0616)

Topiary Restaurant and Coffee Shop Klondyke Garden Centre, Mortonhall, Frogston Road East, Edinburgh EH16 6TJ (tel: 0131 664 8698)

The Undercroft Café St Andrew's and St George's West Church, 13 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2 PA (tel: 0131 225 3847)

University of Edinburgh Library Café see Library Café

The Well Café 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BX (tel: 0131 662 8635)

Waterstones West End see Café W

Wing Sing Inn  147-149 Dundee Street, Edinburgh EH11 1BP (tel: 0131 228 6668)

Zucca café & Restaurant 15-17 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AX (tel: 0131 221 9323)

Further afield (but within EH postcode area)

Allan Ramsay Hotel/Pub Carlops, Penicuik EH26 9NF (tel: 01968 660258)

Cockenzie House 22 Edinburgh Road, Cockenzie, Port Seton, East Lothian, EH32 0HY (tel: 01875 819456)

Craigie's Farm Deli and Café West Craigie Farm, South Queensferry, Edinburgh EH30 9AR (tel: 0131 319 1048)

Falko (Konditormeister) 1 Stanley Road, Gullane, EH31 2AD (tel: 01620 843168)  

Greywalls Gullane, East Lothian EH31 2EG (tel: 01620 842144)

Merryhatton Garden Centre & Café East Fortune, North Berwick, EH39 5JS (tel: 01620 880278)

New Hopetoun Gardens Orangery Tearoom by Newton Village, West Lothian, Edinburgh EH52 6QZ (tel: 01506 834433)

Every care has been taken in compiling this information but no liability can be accepted for any error, omission or alteration which may occur. Inclusion of an establishment does not imply recommendation.

Last updated September 2020

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