Bon Papillon

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Bon Papillon
15 Howe Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6TE
  • Telephone 0131 538 2505
  • Opening times Wed–Sun 9am–5pm; closed Mon & Tue.
  • Food served Wed–Sun 9am–5pm. Closed Mon/Tue.
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Bon Papillon

Wholesome delicious meals and outstanding baking in artistic surrounds.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Despite its relatively central location, Bon Papillon has the definite feel of a neighbourhood favourite. Its solid reputation and delicious scones mean that locals and community groups make up a large proportion of returning customers, alongside tourists and art-lovers. Regularly changing paintings on the walls and pleasing culinary details add interest to this otherwise low-key but bright and friendly little café gallery. Co-owner Ingrid Nilsson paints from a studio at the back while also offering wall space to other artists. Meanwhile, Stuart Allan pours his creativity into the menu, serving slices of cake beautifully plated with fresh fruit and yoghurt. A choice between chocolate and blackcurrant sponge, or banana, apricot and honey cake, is a hard one. Wholesome lunch options include salads such as falafel and avocado with chilli dressing, alongside dependable soups or variations on open sandwiches with a selection of breads.

The List's rating






Hannah Jefferson visited Bon Papillon on 13 February 2019
  • High point: A friendly warm welcome
  • Low point: The toilet might benefit from a makeover
  • Notable dish: Scones
  • Average price: £12.50 (lunch)
  • Delivery: none - delivery is within local area
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Jazz and country
  • Live entertainment: No music, but there is an ever-changing display of local artists' work on the walls
  • Capacity: 16
  • Largest group: 10
  • Open since: 2011

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