Browse our selection of some Edinburgh’s best cafes and coffee shops to grab a cuppa and catch up with friends.
Gordon St Coffee
6 Market St, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE
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.
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57 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JR
This award winning coffee roaster likes their coffee fresh. The Artisan Roast team sources their beans seasonally from fair trade plantations around the world then tests them in their ‘lab’ in Canonmills before sending them to their roaster in Prestonfield which blends and packages the beans which are sold and brewed in their cafes on Broughton Street, Brunstfield and Stockbridge. Beans are roasted around three times a week so Artisan Roast’s coffee tends to be no more than 4 days old.
Their flagship café on Broughton Street is a firm favourite with coffee aficionados but its younger siblings in Brunstfield and Stockbridge are fast growing a following of their own, each with its own distinct style but serving the same great, fresh coffee.
Union Brew Lab
6-8 South College Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AA
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 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 soup from Union of Genius or treat yourself to a slice of cake from Lovecrumbs.
Burr & Co.
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20 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2PB
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.
7-8 Barclay Terrace, Edinburgh, EH10 4HP
Located next to the Bruntsfield Links, this popular cafe 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.
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41 Frederick St, Edinburgh EH2 1EP
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 of their teas 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. Eteaket also serve delectable sandwiches, light bites, cakes and of course an exquisite Afternoon Tea.
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3C York Place, Edinburgh, EH1 3EB
66 Hamilton Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5AZ
Espresso fans should make a bee line for Fortitude Coffee on York Place. 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 of you who may be a little less coffee hardened. Rounding off their menu, they’ve teamed up with Edinburgh based businesses Anteaques, Lovecrumbs and Union of Genius to provide a great selection of teas, cakes and soups respectively.
In 2020 they also opened a second shop at 66 Hamilton Place, Stockbridge. Not only is this cafe buggy and family friendly, but it also welcomes dogs.
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23a Howe Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6TF
Leo’s Beanery is hidden in an Edinburgh basement, just a short walk from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. It is not just the coffee that will leave you with a smile after the sip, this peaceful wee place is filled with character and their staff are ever so delightful. The hours could just slip by as you sip, and if you fancy a quick bite to eat, their menu is teaming with good options.
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40 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2LE
If you're looking for a laid-back location to take a break from the hustle and bustle of your day head to Lowdown 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.
7 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BP
52 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1PB.
With 2 cafes on Cockburn Street, both minutes from Waverley Station, The Milkman's cafes have creative seating and beautiful window seats which are perfect for watching the world go by. Paired with rustic and aesthetically pleasing interior, they have a wonderful intimate atmosphere to enjoy your coffee. Also keep an eye out for their sweet treats supplied by Glutteny, which are sometimes vegan and always gluten-free.
33a George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2HN
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.
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20 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9JL
Pekoe Tea 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 in Tollcross to sample one of their many varieties, brewed to perfection by their expert team in their purpose built tea bar. They also sell packs of their teas in store so you can enjoy a great cuppa at home too.
Linton & Co
Waverley Mall, 3/48 Waverley Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1BQ
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 from 8am, they also serve a range of breakfast and lunch options throughout the day including their fresh smoothies and home-made porridge, where you can choose from ‘The Belter’ - Linton & Co brownie bites with caramel sauce, ‘The Nova Scotia’ - bacon & maple syrup and ‘Kiss from a Rose’ - Edible rose petals, almond butter, pumpkins seeds and honey.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic many establishments could either be closed or operating reduced hours. Please check with venues directly before you visit.