Please note, the Real Mary King’s Close is closed until further notice. Click here for more information.
The heady aromas of fresh baking and coffee have long been associated with The Real Mary King’s Close. Between the 18th and 19th centuries, the Royal Exchange Coffee House was one of the places to be seen in Edinburgh. Key figures from the Scottish Enlightenment would meet to debate the issues of the day, and sample the relatively new phenomenon of coffee.
Meals, snacks and drinks are now available in the spectacular setting of the Burgh Courtroom. All of our goodies are locally sourced, and delicious.
Some of our favourites:
There previously was The Royal Exchange Coffee House in the closes which operated between the mid-18th and early 19th centuries and could be accessed via what is now the Quadrangle of the City Chambers.
At its height, the Royal Exchange Coffee House was one of the city’s main talking shops where key figures of the Scottish Enlightenment met to debate the issues of the day.