Eating good quality gluten free food, mainly in Edinburgh


Cafe 1505

Cafe 1505 is in Nicholson Square, close to the Festival Theatre and part of the Surgeons’ Quarter complex.  Run by the team that runs the fab cafes in the art galleries, Cafe 1505 is a good place to drop by for some gluten free cake.

As with other Heritage Portfolio cafes, they have good gluten free options including light lunches and breakfasts, plus a good choice of cakes.  On the day we dropped by there were four GF cake choices – all very delicious.   My generous and understanding gluten eating friends chose the GF cakes so we could do a taste test – much appreciated.  The coffee was excellent and served in nice white china with cute little jugs.  There’s a nice view out of the back of the cafe across the gardens and although it is a long corridor-like space, there is a nice atmosphere with people dropping in and out – though not too busy on a Saturday that we couldn’t get a seat!

This is a good area of Edinburgh for eating out and meandering.  There’s the terrific Black Medicine cafe; quirky places like Beirut; the tempting Soul Sushi further down the road; and an excellent Blackwells bookshop.  So you can have lunch, have a wander and enjoy a bit of Edinburgh buzz – and all close to the Royal Mile.

So all in all, a good choice for gluten free meals and treats.  If we are honest, the art gallery cafes have more pzazz and atmosphere, but this is still a good local choice for quality and high standards of service.


Cafe 1505
18 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9DH
0131 527 1686
Please mention Gluten Free Edinburgh when booking.