CLOSED: Natural Foods Etc Cafe

Overall rating: 3.0 stars 2 Reviews
Organic cafe within an independent health food store, opened Jan 2014. Has Wi-Fi. SEPT 2015 COW MEMBER REPORTED THIS SHUT. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Western, British, English

Mon-Fri 9:00am-6:00pm, Sat 9:00am-5:00pm



First Review by imogenmichel
  • vegan

a bit lost

Posted on 05 / 20 / 2014

Natural foods is a great looking shop/cafe, but it needs to find a niche.

you can see some money has been spent, the interior is as nice as any establishment in Edinburgh. i didn't eat so can't really tell you if the soups/sandwiches are good. staff were preparing food and it looked fresh and the staff were really pleasant. It just doesn't seem to be big enough for a cafe, and i'm not sure if there is a big enough take away custom in a price sensitive area of edinburgh.

there is a decent amount of product on sale, but again i'm not sure of the aim. there are some organic dried foods, a small vegetable section and a selection of snacks. there is also a large selection of cosmetics, which overwhelms the rest of the shop. everything about the shop is great, but nothing wants me to go back again. the cafe isn't as good as meadowlark or himalaya both within 15 minutes and the shop isn't as good as new leaf or real foods, which are within 20 minutes walk.

i asked a member of staff, who was really helpful, if they were vegetarian or vegan? i was told everything was at least vegetarian, i asked why they didn't advertise that and was told it was fairly obvious most health food shops are vegetarian.
it's not that obvious, it's really not.

hopefully it will find a niche soon, and i look forward to trying lunch soon.

Pros: staff, nice interior
Cons: seating, shop selection
  • vegan

Not my cup of tea

Posted on 04 / 06 / 2014

I came here to check out this new cafe last week, and was unfortunately somewhat disappointed. The focus is very clearly on healthy eating and free-from diets, and vegan options are not even marked on the menus or displays. The shop is also very poorly stocked compared to other independent health food stores in the city. I guess if healthy eating, dairy-free and/or other allergen-free diets are your bag you might like it here (the interior is certainly very nicely furnished and decorated), but it didn't really do it for me.
Updated from previous review on Sunday April 06, 2014

Pros: Nice decor, Staff seemed friendly
Cons: Vegan options not labelled, Seems to be about health not ethics


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