Whether you’re a tea jenny or a coffee addict there are plenty of great cafes and coffee shops to choose from in Edinburgh when you’re in need of a caffeine fix.
Browse our selection of some of Edinburgh’s best cafés and coffee shops to grab a cuppa and catch up with friends.
Cafes and Coffee Shop Favourites
Gordon St Coffee
At Gordon St Coffee they roast their own coffee in the shop. The roaster uses traditional methods of sight and sound to ensure the best roast every time, so customers can enjoy the freshest coffee. Try their signature “Edinburgh Roast” in store or grab a bag of beans to take home. You can also buy their wonderful coffee from the comfort of your own home, by visiting their online store.
They are also the only stockist in Edinburgh of the award-winning Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier truffles, the perfect treat to accompany your coffee.
Union Brew Lab
A must-visit for every coffee connoisseur, Union Brew Lab is located in the heart of the city’s Old Town. They take their brew very seriously here, with a range of coffees specially selected from producers in the UK and Europe which changes with seasonality. For the authentic Union Brew Lab experience, you should order one of their exceptional filtered pour-overs, however they do an amazing flat white here too.
If you’re feeling peckish, you can accompany your perfect coffee with something from their brunch or lunch menu, which includes plenty of vegan options.
Burr & Co.
One of the freshest additions to the New Town, Burr & Co serve up their unique George Street blend coffee with mouth-watering treats like cakes, pastries and sandwiches. Their beans are ethically sourced, freshly roasted every week and turned into delicious cups of coffee by Burr and Co’s passionate team, making it the perfect place to meet up with friends after a busy day shopping in Edinburgh’s city centre.
Located next to the Bruntsfield Links, this popular café is filled with delectable pastries and coffee. With properly brewed beans perfectly paired with knowledgeable baristas, Castello Coffee is a great place to sit and watch the world go by.
This charming basement tea boutique is a proud purveyor of proper leaf tea, boasting a menu of dozens of varieties of ethically sourced loose-leaf teas.
Each tea at Eteaket is given the attention it deserves, brewed with water at just the right temperature and for exactly the right amount of time. If you understand the joy of a good brew, then this is definitely the place for you. They also serve delectable sandwiches, light bites, cakes and an exquisite afternoon tea.
Espresso fans should make a bee line for Fortitude Coffee.Their strong but sweet shots made with Workshop Coffee are an ideal caffeine hit. They also expertly craft flat whites and long blacks for those who may be a little less coffee hardened. Rounding off their menu, they also provide a great selection of teas, cakes and soups.
Not only are their three cafés buggy and family friendly, but they also welcomes dogs.
Leo’s Beanery is hidden in an Edinburgh basement, just a short walk from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. It’s not just the coffee that will leave you with a smile, this peaceful wee place is filled with character and their staff are delightful. The hours could just slip by here and if you fancy a quick bite to eat, their menu is teeming with good options.
If you’re looking for a laid-back location to take a break, head toLowdown Coffee on George Street. Their minimalist contemporary surroundings are ideal for when you just need to switch off for a while with one of their excellent coffees made with beans from Swedish roasting house Koppi. Tea drinkers can enjoy a brew of Postcard Teas which comes from small producers who farm less than 15 acres. You’ll also find a daily selection of freshly made cakes, pastries and soups on the menu too if you want to extend your me-time pleasure.
With two venues on Cockburn Street, both minutes from Waverley Train Station,The Milkman’s cafés have creative seating and beautiful window seats which are perfect for watching the world go by. Paired with a rustic and aesthetically pleasing interior, they have a wonderful intimate atmosphere to enjoy your coffee amongst. Also keep an eye out for their sweet treats supplied by Glutteny, which are sometimes vegan and always gluten-free.
With the smell of freshly ground coffee wafting onto George Street, it’s hard to give Wellington Coffee a miss. Their selective menu of bakes and cakes allows the coffee to take the limelight and boy, does it shine! Small but cosy, their charismatic venue boasts well-trained baristas and flavoursome coffee.
PekoeTea is all about fresh, high quality, ethically traded tea. They work closely with suppliers from around the world to source a wide range of high-grade, loose-leaf tea which is shipped fresh to Edinburgh. Visit their tea shops on Leith Walk to sample one of their many varieties, brewed to perfection by their expert team. They also sell packs of their teas in store so you can enjoy a great cuppa at home too.
Linton & Co
Opened in spring 2021, Linton & Co are an independent speciality coffee and luxury brownie company. With coffee from Clifton Coffee’s Direct Trade E1 Project and handcrafted brownies based on their secret family recipe which use only the finest of ingredients, this is truly brownie heaven.
Open daily, they also serve a range of breakfast and lunch options including their fresh smoothies and home-made porridge. Choose from ‘The Belter’ – Linton & Co brownie bites with caramel sauce, ‘The Nova Scotia’ – bacon & maple syrup or ‘Kiss from a Rose’ – Edible rose petals, almond butter, pumpkins seeds and honey.
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