Best cafés in Edinburgh

Best cafés in Edinburgh


From tea and coffee to cake and pastries, these Edinburgh hotspots do café culture right


Edinburgh's thriving independent café scene has put the Scottish capital on the coffee map. From the wee artisan to the established branches, you're never more than a few blocks away from the ideal flat white or the perfect laid-back brunch spot. With vegan and gluten-free cuisine gaining a stronger foothold in the café field, there's now truly something for everyone.

The food of the mountains on Henderson Street. And why not? Martin Auer reflects his Tyrolese roots in his wholesome, hearty cooking.

Quality shines out of every part of this bakery and café, from the sheer variety of their delicious bread to the warm welcome from Caroline and her team.

One of the brightest new openings in a very long time, get in quick before it becomes impossible to bag a table at Kamil Witek's North Junction Street café/bistro.

This wee place is dedicated to porridge, but porridge like you've never seen before. Simple idea, perfect execution.

Loudons Café & Bakery
The kind of café you dream of having at the end of your street, Loudons manages to be all things to all people without ever dropping their high standards.

Simple and wholesome food, a real commitment to local suppliers and a genuinely warm welcome – Ostara is one of Leith's treasures.

The Milkman
Limited seating and no loos, but this tiny wee spot punches above its weight with fantastic coffee, pastries and chat.

The Pantry
Stockbridge is well-served with cafés, but the Pantry never puts a foot wrong. A fresh and bright décor, plates and welcome guaranteed.

The Pastry Section
This Stockbridge newcomer has made a big impact with some fantastic baking and a relentless pursuit of brownie perfection which has won over fans near and far.

With three bakery shops and three cafés, Söderberg is a familiar sight around town and a real beacon for quality and Scandinavian simplicity.

Union of Genius
Scotland's first soup café; brilliant soup, brilliant choice, brilliant concept. Nuff said.

Eating & Drinking Guide 2018/19

Eating & Drinking Guide 2018/19

25th Edition published April 2018. 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.
A The Pastry Section
86 Raeburn Place, Edinburgh, EH4 1HH
It's all about the cake at this Insta-friendly Stockbridge bakery.
B Loudons
Lochrin Square, 94b Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 9QA
Bright, spacious and relaxed, Loudons is a great spot to watch the world go by over a leisurely brunch.
C The Pantry
1–2 North West Circus Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6ST
Popular gathering spot in Stockbridge dishing up beautifully presented breakfast, brunch and lunch.
D Archipelago Bakery
39 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6QQ
Artisan New Town bakery committed to delivering all the joys properly made bread can bring.
E Brochan
24 Marchmont Crescent, Edinburgh, EH9 1HG
This wee café is all about the oats – beautiful bowls of porridge and granola served with inventive and delicious toppings.
F The Milkman
7 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BP
Tiny wee pitstop coffee shop with excellent coffee and charming service.
G Union of Genius
8 Forrest Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2QN
Edinburgh’s premier soup café serves up comforting, wholesome soups for the lunchtime crowds, while also running social initiatives to help Edinburgh's homeless community.
H Söderberg Bakery Shop Broughton Street
45 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JU
A small, bright bakery serving up Scandinavian style pastries and sandwiches on homemade bread.
I Ostara
52 Coburg Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6HJ
Friendly Leith café/bistro with an engaged attitude to its local neighbourhood, suppliers and good, fresh food.
J Aurora
187 Great Junction Street, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 5LQ
A local café/bistro serving highly satisfying breakfasts, lunches and weekend dinners using seasonal, local produce and creative culinary design.
K Alplings
16 Henderson Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6BS
A cafe serving tasty European mountain food, also know for their food truck which sells their Austrian dumplings around the capital's street food markets.

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