Urban Angel

Modern European·

SquareMeal Review of Urban Angel

Sitting in a New Town basement, Urban Angel comprises a modest café space by the door and interlinked dining rooms towards the back. Since day one it has been fully committed to local sourcing as well as organic, free-range and Fairtrade produce for a repertoire that spans everything from breakfast, great cakes, sandwiches and salads to filling lunch/daytime savouries. Dishes are solid and competent – from small plates of falafel balls in curry and coconut emulsion or smoked ham hock and Cheddar croquettes to bigger helpings of Caesar salad, Urban burgers with beetroot salsa or pulled pork on ciabatta. Also check out the ever-changing specials list for the likes of sea trout on thyme-scented ratatouille or slow-braised lamb shank in a three-bean and cumin broth, plus puds such as plum frangipane tart. There’s a branch at 1 Forth Street, EH1 2JS (0131 556 6323).

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Under £30
Modern European
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Food Hygiene Rating


Urban Angel is a little slice of heaven right in the heart of Edinburgh. Serving up seasonal, ethical produce before it was cool, this hipster hangout is a must-visit spot for brunch and throughout the rest of the day too.  

Brunch here is an established Edinburgh tradition beloved by commuters, shopper and tourists alike. But first, coffee; using beans roasted by London’s alchemy, Urban Angel’s coffee offerings are the best way to perk you up in the morning. If you’re more of a tea drinker, there’s a variety of loose-leaf tea options, all sourced from the nearby Eteaket tea room. The main brunch menu features all the classics- eggs benedict, toasted English muffins, brioche French toast- alongside options such as acai smoothie bowls, hummus on sourdough toast, and roasted red pepper, tenderstem broccoli and vegan nduja mayo on toast.  

That’s not all. Urban Angel also offers a delicious array of smoothies, salads and hot dishes. Some menu highlights include the frittata with halloumi, red pepper, spinach and pickled shallots, and the watermelon, feta and chilli salad. After you’ve finished your meal, don’t forget to check out the selection of cakes and pastries made daily by in-house pastry chefs and bakers.  

According to the owners, carefully sourced ingredients are the key to Urban Angel’s success. Their list of carefully chosen suppliers rear, grow and forage ingredients of the highest quality, ready to satisfy Edinburgh’s hungry population. All produce used is seasonal, meaning that items on the menu change fairly regularly.  

Located in a cool subterranean venue featuring pale pine and flagstone floors, Urban Angel is a meeting point for anyone who want ethically sourced and good quality food and coffee. It’s also a hotspot for veggie, vegan and gluten-free eaters, as the friendly staff are more than happy to tailor the menu to accommodate any dietary needs.  


What type of food does the restaurant serve?

Here you can find classic brunch and lunch plates, alongside some Mediterranean inspired dishes.

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121 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH2 1DJ

0131 225 6215 0131 225 6215


Opening Times

All day
Mon 09:30-16:00
Tue 09:30-16:00
Wed 09:30-16:00
Thu 09:30-16:00
Fri 09:30-16:00
Sat 09:00-17:00
Sun 09:00-17:00


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09 May 2021   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Great all round

Everyone was perfect, great service. 

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