If you are wishing to start your day with a quick caffeine fix or looking to have a break from the busyness of Edinburgh’s city centre then the capital’s coffee shop scene will have you (re)fuelled in no time. In recent years Edinburgh has experienced a coffee shop revolution with an abundance of independent enterprises popping up throughout the city. Luckily, located near each of our residencies you can find the best coffee Edinburgh has to offer. Here are a selection of our top picks...
A local favourite among the Bruntsfield residents, Artisan Roast first appeared on Edinburgh’s competitive coffee shop scene in 2011 as a small pop up venture to accommodate the popular Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Since then this quaint cafe has cemented its place as one of Edinburgh’s most popular coffee bars. The relaxed and stripped-back interior offers a space of repose where one can have some time away from it all as well as some of the city’s best coffee.
Not far from Artisan Roast, on Bruntsfield’s bustling main road sits Project Coffee, another pioneer of Edinburgh’s coffee revolution. Like its sister establishments, Kilimanjaro Coffee, Wellington Coffee, Press Coffee and Blackwood Coffee, Project boasts the tastiest coffee on the market. Artisan coffee beans brewed at the hands of the cafe’s trained baristas results in intense and flavoursome blends. These can be enjoyed alongside substantial servings from their comprehensive breakfast menu, soup of the day or sandwich and panini selection.
Perched at the foot of the winding Cockburn Street down from Edinburgh’s Royal Mile stands The Milkman, a small grotto-like cafe bar. The Milkman makes an immediate impression with its exposed rock walls and hanging flower baskets as though a natural part of Edinburgh’s rock face. It’s bare look and tasteful lack of embellishment beyond anything natural reflects its sustainable approach to what it offers from its menu. Like everything in this coffee bar it seems, the coffee is notable by its freshness. A must try for coffee lovers.
One of the city’s most photographed and iconic locations, Victoria street epitomises Edinburgh’s hybrid nature of antiquity and modern development as each of its new shops inhabits the caverns of the capital’s ancient rock formation. Nestled at the bottom of this old street you will find La Barantine, a small French patisserie selling the most exquisite French baking from macarons and eclairs to filled French baguettes. One can enjoy the bakery alongside a nice cup of coffee and feel unburdened from life’s stresses.
Wellington Coffee is located in what used to be a basement flat on the corner of the intersection between George Street and Hanover. It offers one of Edinburgh’s most exclusive selections of coffee beans which translates into a diverse range of delicious coffee brews. Like its sister, Project Coffee, the interior of Wellington tastefully unadorned with its half bare wood half cream painted walls. Its intimate al fresco sitting area provides a nice secluded place just off the busyness of the city centre where one can enjoy their delicious coffee.
Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor
If you are looking for a more upmarket cafe dining experience then there is perhaps no place better than Harvey Nichols’ Fourth Floor Brasserie. This expansive dining area offers a classy escape from the draining onslaught of city centre shopping. As well as selling coffee that would satisfy even the most well-travelled palates, the Fourth Floor Brasserie also offers a delectable all day dining menu for a light bite to eat. A dining experience with a view, the balcony bordering the cafe offers a 360 degree panorama of the city’s skyline.
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