Updated November 2015
If you come to Edinburgh or live in the city you won’t fail to notice the number of coffee shops we have, there is literally a coffee shop or two on every street in the city. But thankfully big coffee brands don’t have the complete monopoly here, there are many smaller (and bigger) coffee shops you can kick back, relax and enjoy your favourite brew. With so much choice thought it would be only fair to help you with your selection so here is the TLE pick of what’s hot in Edinburgh… pardon the pun!!!
Burr & Co
Part of the George Hotel, new Burr & Co is located on George Street and is cosy, warm and welcoming. Try the George Street coffee blend or a pastry, sandwich, salad or snack freshly made each day.
Address: 20 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PB
Independent coffee shop Cairngorm Coffee is a must for every coffee lover visiting the city. Great coffee (and I mean great coffee), friendly staff, good food – try the cheese melt if you visit and no nonsense wifi. Just look for the cafe with the bike outside and you know you are in the right place.
Address: 41a Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 1EP
Phone: 0131 629 1420
TLE’s new favourite coffee shop, located up near the university, in Edinburgh’s south side. Brew Lab is a speciality coffee shop serving single filter coffee, espresso, cold brew coffee as well as artisanal food. A great place to spend a morning or long afternoon relaxing with a great brew.
A favourite of the TLE team, Peters Yard has two operations one in the Quarter Mile and one in Stockbridge. I feel like I have walked into a Wallpaper magazine edition whenever I go there, this cafe and onsite Swedish bakery has style and bread baked products mastered. The pastries are delicious and the bread is divine and of course the coffee is beautiful so take a trip along one day.
Address: Quartermile, 27 Simpson Loan, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH3 9GG
Phone: 0131 228 5876
A relatively new kid on the block, Fortitude Cafe on York place is a husband and wife run family business which is cosy, serves great coffee and cake and has just the right sprinkling of ‘cool’ to its name, which we love!
Their coffee in their main hopper is Workshop Coffee, which is a small batch roaster in London. They also offer guest coffee and a weekly coffee all from small batch operations such as Drop Coffee in Sweden and the Barn in Berlin, you get to try coffee you won’t find anywhere else in the city. If you like the coffee you can even take a bag home with you too.
Address: 69/3 York Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3JD
Phone: 0131 557 3063
Located on Broughton Street Artisan Roast is somewhat of an institution in coffee terms. It has made it onto our list because it simply serves amazing coffee.
They have a distinct ethos right the way through the coffee process; from sourcing to roasting (which they do themselves) to serving it which creates simply amazing quality coffee. The coffee is super strong and full of flavour and the shop in Broughton Street is full of character and charm.
Address: 57 Broughton St, Edinburgh EH1 3RJ
Phone: 07526 236615
Hotel Chocolat Cocoa Bar Cafe
Have we saved the best for last? Maybe… Hotel Chocolat have an ace card up their sleeve and it takes the form of the Cocoa Bar Cafe in John Lewis. This is a cross between cafe come wonka chocolate factory, the chocolate is roasted, winnowed, conched, mixed and tempered in store as well as chocolate being used in their lunchtime savoury meals too, complete chocolate overload!
It is hard to explain how indulgent this cafe is, you really have to experience for it for yourself. I would make a visit here a priority and if you are going for lunch then make sure you have the Mac and Cheese it is beautiful!
Address – Hotel Chocolat Cocoa Bar-Cafe, John Lewis, St James Centre, Edinburgh
Tel – 0131-558 7346
Web – www.hotelchocolat.com