Best Coffee in Edinburgh

Starbucks and Costa won’t feature on this list, guys – Edinburgh’s independent coffee shops are far too inviting

Best Coffee in Edinburgh

Fortitude Coffee


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, just don’t try them all at once.

Taken from the 2016/17 The List Eating & Drinking Guide – £5.95 (plus p&p)

Artisan Roast
138 Bruntsfield Place, Southside, EH10 4ER; 57 Broughton Street, New Town; 100a Raeburn Place, Stockbridge, EH4 1HH
Cheerful and busy gourmet coffee stops at three locations around the city, serving some of the best brews in town. | read our reviews of Artisan Roast Bruntsfield, Artisan Roast Broughton and Artisan Roast Stockbridge

Brew Lab
6–8 South College Street, Old Town, EH8 9AA; Queensferry Street Lane, West End, EH2 4PF
Brew Lab lives up to its name employing scientific methodology and precision equipment to meticulously craft their coffee. | read our reviews of Brew Lab Old Town and Brew Lab West End

Cairngorm Coffee
41a Frederick Street, New Town, EH2 1EP; 1 Melville Place, West End, EH3 7PR
Independent coffee shops with passionate staff and inventive toastie combinations. | read our review of Cairngorm Coffee New Town and Cairngorm Coffee West End

Fortitude Coffee
3c York Place, New Town, EH1 3EB
Compact, welcoming space run by knowledgeable owners, where coffee dominates but tea and food also find a place. | read our review of Fortitude Coffee

Machina Espresso
2 Brougham Place, Tollcross, EH3 9HW
Tollcross haven for serious coffee drinkers and gearheads who like their wares served with a smile. | read our review of Machina Espresso

The Milkman
7 Cockburn Street, Old Town, EH1 1BP
Tiny wee pit-stop coffee shop with excellent coffee and charming service at the foot of Cockburn Street.
read our review of The Milkman

You might also want to consider: The Haven, Maison de Moggy, Söderberg Quartermile and Söderberg West End.

Eating & Drinking Guide 2015/16

Eating & Drinking Guide 2016/17

23rd Edition published April 2016. Widely recognised as the most reliable, comprehensive and authoritative guide to eating out in more than 950+ restaurants, bistros, cafes and bars in Glasgow and Edinburgh.


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