About Nile Valley Cafe

African and Sudanese cuisine is a rising star in Edinburgh, especially among the hungry and switched-on in Southside’s studentville. No wonder then that Nile Valley Cafe’s Chapel Street location is the place where many University of Edinburgh types converge come lunchtime, all looking for a great value food fix bursting with flavourful, colourful, and healthy ingredients. The Sudanese wraps are undoubtedly the most popular item on the menu here, but there are a range of African delicacies on the menu to choose from – soups, salads and stews figure large, but also sweet Sudanese desserts. A polyglot cuisine, Sudanese food has absorbed centuries of influence from the Arab world, the Ottoman Empire, and Levantine, Egyptian, Yemeni, Indian, and Ethiopian traditions – a very pleasurable blend indeed, and one worthy of an exploration. Just don’t forget the traditional strong, sweet and cinnamon-spiced coffee!

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 10:00 am
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm


Nile Valley Cafe
6 Chapel St, Old Town
Edinburgh EH8 9AY

Menu Highlights



Dojaj Bil Salsa

Succulent, marinated chicken breast cooked in our spiced tomato sauce with sweet peppers,onions and coriander

Dhan Halla

Subtly spiced lamb dish, cooked in the pot with traditional spices and tomato sauce finished with fresh coriander

Bamia Bil Foron

Spicy Okra and tomato sauce baked in the oven and finished with dill. Served with a choice of chicken or lamb

5 Nile Valley Cafe Reviews

5 Reviews
Waiting time:Exceptionally good
Value for money:Great value
Noise levels:Pleasant
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Anna M.2 years ago · 9 reviews

Delicious food, very friendly staff and a lovely atmosphere. We shared one main and three starters between two and had plenty to eat, and meant we got to try lots of different things.

Gerard R.3 months ago · 1 review

It is a really friendly place. We have been several times and always loved the place. The food is deicious and excellent value. Great food. Great staff. Go!

Sandra H.2 years ago · 1 review

Food was amazing we all enjoyed it. Great value for money and byob is always good. Would definitely recommend a visit plenty of choice also good for vegetarians.

Scott G.a year ago · 1 review

Great food, great service been a favourite for years . It might look a bit shabby on the outside, but don't let that fool you .. super tasty

Mark C.2 years ago · 2 reviews

Good food, great service but Cafe itself very very cold.