The Hub – For Perfect Snacking After Camera Obscura & World of Illusions

We know, thanks to all of your lovely feedback, that a trip to Camera Obscura and World of Illusions can give you quite the appetite. So, I have taken it upon myself to go out and sample as many cakes and cups of tea as I can, in order to find you the perfect place to unwind after an amazing visit. It is a tough job, but someone has to do it!

So, who’s hungry? Let’s eat at The Hub.

I am very pleased to recommend our close neighbour, The Hub, as a perfect place to head after, or even in the middle, of a visit. That’s rights, with the all day ticket you can get a hand stamp on the way out and enjoy as much tea as you want, as many times as you want, and just keep coming back to bamboozle yourself again. And what’s more, visitors to Camera Obscura get a fantastic 10% discount on presentation of their ticket*.

Warning: The Vortex Tunnel is not your friend after copious amounts of cake!

The Hub?

Locals will know this as the tall, dark tower at the top of the Royal Mile. Originally built in the 1840s, the building is a “stunning combination of award winning contemporary design and classic Victorian architecture”. Originally used as an assembly room by the Church of Scotland, it is now home to the Edinburgh International Festival and a brilliant cafe.



What is on offer at The Hub Cafe?

Focused on delicious Scottish fair, the lunch menu includes soups, sandwiches or even a taste of haggis, neeps and tatties. Plenty of barista hot drinks and juice will keep you hydrated, but my personal recommendation would have to be the afternoon tea for two. I think calling it afternoon tea is selling it short! Fresh rolls with salmon and dill or ham and mustard, salad, scones with jam and cream, biscuits and so many cakes I can’t remember all of their names. My advice; skip lunch and move onto afternoon tea immediately!



It’s great value for gourmet food, even before the Camera Obscura discount, which makes it even tastier. I guarantee the perfect scones will knock your socks off.

So, I think you have your plan for the weekend. Head into Camera Obscura in the morning for the best views of the day on your guided tour, get lost in the exhibitions, grab a gift fro someone in the most unique shop on the Royal Mile (not a kilt in sight!) and then finish off the afternoon in the gorggeous surrounds of another historic Edinburgh building with the best afternoon tea you’ll find this side of the Flodden Wall.

And if you’re not at Camera Obscura but still want to visit? You can’t miss it. The top of the spire is the highest point in the entire city.

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Written by Alyce Paton


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