Fodor's Expert Review The Reel

$ Kirkwall Café

Editor's Note: This location is no longer in operation.

Orkney's musical tradition is alive and fiddling, but never more so than at this café and restaurant. The eating is cheap and hearty: expect big bowls of soup, doorstop-size sandwiches with inventive fillings, and slices of sponge cake. As you eat, young Orcadians run up the stairs with their violin cases to the music school, where all sorts of sprees and shindigs are held in the performance spaces. It becomes more like a pub on a Friday or Saturday night, with locally brewed ales and, of course, live music.

Café Lively Lunch Dinner $

Quick Facts

3 Castle St.
Kirkwall, Orkney Islands  KW15 1HD, Scotland


Known For:
  • Orcadian craft beer
  • Chicken salsa sandwiches
  • On-site music school that leads to live music nights
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: No dinner

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