Our beautiful building’s role originally from 1876 as the Leith Branch Post Office and Telegraph Office in the vibrant dock area of Edinburgh was all but consigned to history with the break up of the GPO in 1969 so we took the name to keep that iconic brand alive in its last grand home in Leith and looked around for rare prints to capture the service’s heyday. The images on the walls in Café GPO are from early last century onwards provide a glimpse of what Charles II’s GPO vision had become, with the remotest parts of Scotland, and of course the world, being connected by all manner of evolving technology.

Café GPO is the hub of the building, with the 12 Rooms at the GPO spread across four spacious floors, and we are hoping to open our dedicated kitchen for evening meals soon allowing the building and service to blossom and offer more for locals and visitors alike. Back in the 1870s the GPO used to have pretty stiff neighbours with the Sherrifs Clerk Office, Edinburgh Gas Light Company, Library and Council Chambers but now the area is buzzing with destination restaurants like the chic Chop House Leith or Restaurant Martin Wishart to the uniquely Scottish Malt Whisky Society and urban Leither hangouts like the Port O’Leith and The Shore.