REVIEW – Zazou Cafe, Union Canal


Zazou Cafe on the Union Canal at Harrison Park


Zazou Cruises is a narrowboat that is moored on the Union Canal in Edinburgh and has recently opened as a daytime cafe.  

Tea and muffin


We think this Harrison Park boat is pretty much the cutest cafe in Edinburgh and definitely one of the most unusual places you will find in town.  

Zazou Cafe has only been opened a month or so, but is perfect for stopping off at after a walk  or cycle along the beautiful Union Canal. 

The cafe is very much a work in progress and will be offering a wider range of foods in the coming weeks.  At the moment, there is a good range of drinks at very reasonable prices:  Columbian coffee (£1.60), pot of tea (£1.40) and soft drinks start from 75p. 

Home-baking is planned (including gluten free options) but in the meantime, the cafe is offering delights such as Lichfield muffins (85p) and Borders biscuits (45p) as well as other popular treats. 

There are 6 tables of 2 inside, but it’s also suitable for groups as the tables are close together.  We had tea and cake here and it was a lovely atmosphere watching people cycle by from the window seat. 

The staff member on board is really friendly and happily chatted away as he printed out more colouring-in pictures for children who visit.  Completed artwork is displayed on the walls of the boat.  Other handy items on board are a couple of bike pumps should you need to inflate your tyres on your journey as well as copies of the excellent Innertube Map. 

Completed drawings


Zazou is open Thursday – Sunday

Unfortunately, due to Council licences, there are no seats outside the boat.  Boat trips and group bookings can also be arranged. Details will be announced on their website soon. 

We’ll always pop into this cafe when we’re walking and/or cycling along the canal and look forward to seeing it develop. 

Update May 17th:  Now serving home made soups and cakes from Lilas Cupcakes


There is a small bathroom on board. 

Opening hours: Thursday and Friday 10.30am – 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am – 6.30pm. Closed Monday – Wednesday. 

You can also find Zazou on twitter

Suitable for disabled?  Unfortunately not as the entrance is small and down some steps at the front of the boat. 

Half of the cafe area


Opening hours


Picture courtesy of Zazou Edinburgh. You can take your dog on board, but a horse is one step too far!

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