Best coffee in Edinburgh
- Eating and Drinking Guide
- 21 May 2018
Starbucks and Costa won't feature on this list, guys – Edinburgh's independent coffee shops are far too inviting
The coffee revolution in Edinburgh has begun, and it's come out all guns blazing. With a boom of independent coffee shops making use of the city's abandoned nooks and crannies, there are plenty of blends and roasts to give you your caffeine kick; straight up in an espresso, long in an Americano or with frothy milk in a cappuccino, latte or flat white, just don't try them all at once.
Cairngorm's espresso is prepared from frozen shots – the ideal pit-stops in Frederick Street and Melville Place for coffee lovers to escape and refuel.
Roasting their own single-origin beans in two branches to prepare carefully brewed coffees. Expect complex flavours in your cup, whether you choose espresso or filter.
Seasonal and lightly roasted coffee is finely crafted to convey the delicate and complex flavours in every cup in this York Place café.
Their Brougham place branch in particular is a haven for serious coffee drinkers and gearheads; coffee with substance as well as style, served with a smile.
Roundsquare Roastery Coffee House
This Morningside coffee house and award-winning coffee roastery takes care over the whole coffee making process from crop to cup.
Williams and Johnson Coffee Co
This independent café and roastery in Leith's Custom Lane specialises in seasonal single origin coffees, supplying independents in Edinburgh and beyond.