Whilst Starbucks and other big coffee chains have a strong presence in Edinburgh we are fortunate enough to have a thriving artisan coffee scene the length and breadth of the city too. If you are staying in Edinburgh in one of our apartments for a long weekend or a week or two, make it a mission to try at least one of Edinburgh’s independent coffee shops. Whilst there are literally too many cafes to choose from here are 5 of our favourites, but let us know which are your by leaving a comment.
Located on Broughton Street, Artisan Roast is a cafe with an appropriate name, thanks to the fact that it roasts beans fresh onsite each day. Artisan Roast offers a wide collection of coffee beans from around the world, which means that you can pick up a bag of whole beans or ground coffee along with your favourite espresso coffee. The variety of the menu is impressive, but it is the classic drinks that the baristas do best. Order a plain black coffee and have them add a splash of heavy cream for a rich, robust drink you’ll love.
Address: 57 Broughton St, Edinburgh EH1 3RJ
Phone: 07526 236615
Whether you stop either of Peters Yard’s shops in Quartermile or Deanhaugh Street (Stockbridge), you will be faced with an endless selection of freshly-baked Swedish breads, pastries and savory meals to pair with a delicious coffee. The environment is warm and welcoming, and this is definitely the place to unwind and sit for a while if you have the time.
Address: Quartermile, 27 Simpson Loan, Edinburgh, EH3 9GG
Phone: 0131 228 5876
Historically Stockbridge was once a hangout for artists, but recent gentrification hasn’t taken away the cool vibe of Sprio Deli and Latteria, which is located on St. Stephen Street. Tiny tables and mismatched settings make the Italian-style cafe chic and quirky, but it is the wonderful artisan drinks and food creations that will have you coming back time and time again. Try a latte, but don’t try to order it with skimmed milk, as the baristas will suggest a full-fat version in the traditional Italian style. As a bonus, live Italian radio plays throughout the cafe, transporting you to the Mediterranean no matter what the weather in Edinburgh happens to be.
Address: 37/39 St Stephen Street Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH3 5AB
Phone: 0131 226 7533
Bright, sunny and airy, Milk is a lovely hideaway located on Edinburgh’s Morrison Street. During the workweek, Milk offers a limited menu of quick breakfast items like egg and bacon sandwiches as well as classically prepared coffee drinks like cappuccinos, lattes and Americanos. On the weekend, however, come hungry and prepare to stay for a while. Linger over a milky coffee before diving into one of their seasonal dishes like carrot and halloumi cheese fritters, Thai green curry or even a black bean and sweet potato chili.
Literary fans will recognise the name of this cafe right away, as it was where J.K. Rowling famously wrote Harry Potter from the back room that also offers views of the famed Edinburgh Castle.
The name of the cafe is from the elephant-themed art displayed prominently on the walls, and the whole atmosphere of the cafe is cozy and inviting. Just as popular with students as with business travellers and tourists, the Elephant House is a wonderful place to linger over a cup of coffee. The staff are coffee experts, and they follow rules like never serving coffee over a particular temperature and only used fresh, unfiltered Edinburgh water for the brew.