Bon Papillon

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.
  • Average price £4.40 for soup and a scone (set lunch); £11.50 (evening meal)
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Bon Papillon

Wholesome delicious meals in artistic surrounds

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Bon Papillon is like visiting the home of an artist who makes really good cakes, and in a sense it is, with owner Ingrid Nilsson’s studio at the back of the café and her partner Stuart Allan baking in house. The walls are covered with the work of local artists and even the toilet boasts a ‘petit gallerie’. The scones and cakes are a real treat – light and full of flavour – and the sandwiches are truly tasty. The Chèvre Chaud – baked goat’s cheese on garlic toast with a well-dressed side salad – is more that you might expect from a small café and the service has the personal touch you’d hope for. Ingrid and Stuart are happy to oblige the demands of their dedicated local following, putting bacon rolls on the menu despite being vegetarians themselves, and regularly reinstating local favourites when regulars call for them after a menu change.

  • High point: Top quality baking
  • Low point: Such good sandwiches would go well with a wine or beer
  • Notable dish: Chevre Chaud - Goat's cheese toasted on garlic bread, with salad
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Laura Marling
  • Live entertainment: No music, but there is an ever changing display of local artist's work on the walls
  • Capacity: 16
  • Largest group: 10
  • Open since: 2011

Comments & ratings

3. Alison E12 Jun 2012, 2:05pm5 stars Bon Papillon Report

Love this art-cafe. Super friendly service with amazingly fresh food choices (sweet and savoury).

Very reasonably priced and a wonderful 'arty' atmosphere without being stuck up.

The cakes are to die for, as are the fresh scones.

2. Melanie13 Apr 2012, 12:50pm5 stars Bon Papillon Report

This has quickly become my favourite cafe in the area. The owners are very friendly, the food is delicious, and it's a decent art gallery, rather than the after-thought that some places tend to be. Coffee is excellent too. All in all a very welcoming place to spend time in.

1. Senja12 Mar 2012, 2:06pm5 stars Bon Papillon Report

fantastic cafe and gallery - the best homemade soup and cakes in the area and some unique and original gifts - and all at really reasonable prices! This is a great place to meet friends when in town - love it.

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