Da Vinci Café

Due to the the COVID-19 pandemic, we currently only have two outlets open – Central and The Piece.

Most of the following is for information only at this time:

Hospitality Services operates the main outlets on the Edinburgh campus so if you want your morning Costa or prefer Starbucks - we have this covered. When you need a break from feeding your mind, head to one of the places below to feed your body and soul.

We are open throughout the year with at least one outlet open 7 days a week, changing with the seasons and the academic year. Whether you want a quick breakfast wrap, a traditional Scottish fry up or a continental coffee and croissant – somewhere will be available.

Vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, halaal, gluten-free, lactose intolerant, simply healthy or purely indulgent – we are here to assist. Speak to us – if we can we will.

However, we know it is not all about the food so all our outlets offer free Wi-Fi.

Central – Upay delivery and collection only

Orders for delivery or collection can be placed in advance using the Upay app.

  • Students should use the affiliate name 'HWUSTUDENT' 
  • Staff should use the affiliate name 'HWUOTHER'

Opening times: Monday–Sunday, 12 noon - 7pm

Elements – currently closed

Located on the ground floor of the Hugh Nisbet Building, right next to the shop, this large informal multi-functional space and catering outlet offers breakfast, an unbeatable range of made-to-order sandwiches and baguettes.

Opening hours: 10.00-16:30*

* 10.00-15.30 during summer months (from 27 May 2019)

Café Brio – currently closed

A continental style café serving an exclusive range of single source coffees and teas, hot chocolate, sandwiches, cakes, morning pastries, soup and snack bars. Limited range of exclusive Highland beers are available during licensed hours.

Cafe Brio is a great place to meet friends and chill out before or after lectures or meetings. It is popular throughout the day with large screen TV's providing access to Sky Sports for all the big matches and events.

Opening times: Monday–Friday, 08.00–19.00*, Saturday and Sunday 09.00 – 16.00 (serving continental breakfast 08.30 – 10.30**)

* 08.00-18.00 during summer months (from 27 May 2019)
** 09.00-10.00 during summer months (from 27 May 2019)

The Piece – open for counter service or Upay orders

Offering a full range of Starbucks coffees, frappuccinos and hot chocolate as well as breakfast and lunch wraps, snacks, crisps and a selection of soft drinks.

Socially distanced seating is available.

Opening times: Monday–Friday, 08:30–15:30

Orders can be made at the counter or in advance using the Upay app with the student affiliate name 'HWUSTUDENT' or staff affiliate name 'HWUOTHER'.

Da Vinci's – currently closed

Da Vinci's continental style cafe bar is situated on the ground floor of the Postgraduate Centre. Open to everyone, this modern outlet serves a range of coffees, cakes, soup, made-to-order sandwiches and baguettes and filled jacket potatoes throughout the day.  Sit in or take away. Complimentary newspapers are available so you can catch up as you sip your coffee.

Opening times: Monday–Friday, 08:30–15:00.

Watt Coffee – currently closed

Located in the James Watt Study Hub, Watt Coffee offers a range of Costa Coffees™, sandwiches, soup and bottled drinks 

Opening times: Monday–Friday, 08.00–18.00*

* Closed during summer months (from 27 May 2019)

Dewey's – currently closed

Located in the James Watt Study Hub, Watt Coffee offers a range of Costa Coffees™, sandwiches, soup and bottled drinks 

Opening times: Monday–Friday, 09.00–17.00*
* Deweys is closed during summer months (from 27 May 2019)

Cedar Suite – currently closed

Opening times: Monday–Friday, 12.00–14.00

Temporary replacement for College Lounge.

Opening hours

Whilst these are the normal times – operating hours may vary depending on the time of year and levels of demand – please check individual outlets for any changes.

Hospitality Services also manages a number of hot drinks vending machines located across the campus in various Schools and study hubs including James Watt and Elements.


Students' Union

The Students' Union has a number of catering options available and the best thing about buying with us is that all profits go back into student services!

Please check for latest opening hours on the Student Union website.

The Student Shop

The Student Shop has a large range of grab-and-go options available, from sandwiches to sushi. Our meal deal is great value for money and gives you a sandwich, crisps and a drink for between £2.49 and £3.29 (simple/premium range). We also are your onsite convenience shop offering a wide range of necessary goods.

We also have gluten free, halal snacks and sandwiches, and Fairtrade products available. We have a wide range of energy drinks as well as our Costa Express machine where you can enjoy a free syrup shot with your coffee.

You can purchase quickly and easily with our self-service checkouts and contactless pay (including Apple Pay) at our manned tills.

Opening hours term time: Monday to Friday 08.00-21.00. Saturday and Sunday 10.00-21.00.

Opening hours outwith the term: Monday to Friday 08.00-18.00. Saturday and Sunday 10.00-14.00.


Liberties is the Union’s Café. Come and grab a delicious cup of Costa coffee and a breakfast roll (rolls served until 12 noon) or have some lunch. We have homemade soups, panini, toasties, and salads available with meal deals available. You can also order from our bar menu as well with a full range from burgers, nachos, pastas and more. We also provide a range of ciders, bottled beer and wine.

If you fancy something sweet we have cake, scones, or pastries available also.

Opening hours term time: Monday to Friday 09.00-16.00.

Opening hours outwith the term: Monday to Friday 09.00-14.00.


Geordies is the Union’s bar where we have a variety of homemade fresh meals. Geordies is the perfect place to grab a bite in.

You'll find the best burgers on campus as well as nachos, pasta, burritos, salads and wraps. To satisfy your munchies we offer a range of snacks including chilli cheese fries, onion rings and garlic bread.

Inside you'll also find table football and three pool tables if you feel like taking on your mates. With a giant projector screen and four plasma screens, Geordies is the perfect place to watch big sporting fixtures live. Driving? Don't drink? No worries, Geordies has a great selection of soft drinks and fruit juices as well.

We also have outdoor seating so you can soak up some sunshine while you eat or drink.

Opening hours term time: 12.00 noon - 00.00 (midnight) every day.

Opening hours outwith the term: Monday to Friday 14.00-17.00 

Pizza Shop

We also have a Pizza Shop takeaway offering a great range of cooked to order pizzas, wraps and other tantalising food. The Pizza Shop is open every week day term time from 19.00 till late (closed non-term time).


Oriam, Scotland's Sports Performance Centre

Try the Bistro Kitchen at Oriam. Please check for updates to opening hours on the Oriam website.

Opening times: Monday-Friday, 08:30-19:00. Saturday-Sunday, 09:00-19:00

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