Best cafés in Edinburgh
From tea and coffee to cake and pastries, these Edinburgh hotspots do café culture right
Edinburgh's independent café scene goes from strength to strength. Coffee enthusiasts are never more than a few blocks away from that perfect flat white, while Chemex, pour-over, direct trade and single origin coffee are fast becoming a fixture on the café landscape. Gluten and dairy-free options are becoming the new norm, with many cafés specialising in whole menus of allergy-free or plant-based options.
Best cafés in Edinburgh
16 Henderson Street, Leith EH6 6BS
After supplying their Austrian dumplings around the capital's street food markets, the Alplings team now have their own restaurant in Leith's Henderson Street.
alplings.co.uk | read our review of Alplings
August_21 Coffee House
89 Causewayside, Newington, EH9 1QG
Cool little neighbourhood café offering breakfast, lunch, hot drinks and home baking from quality suppliers.
facebook.com/August21CoffeeHouse | read our review of August_21 Coffee House
Earthy Market Café
33–41 Ratcliffe Terrace, Southside, EH9 1SX
An atmospheric café and an indoor food market, Earthy showcases farm-fresh, local, organic and seasonal produce with a difference.
earthy.co.uk | read our review of Earthy Market Café
The Roamin' Nose
14 Eyre Place, New Town, EH3 5EP
Everything you could want in a neighbourhood café and bistro – delicious food, great atmosphere and a warm welcome.
theroaminnose.com | read our review of The Roamin' Nose
Best wee cafés in Edinburgh
Size is no barrier to ambition. It's testament to Edinburgh's thriving food and drink scene that wee places – those imaginative, independent businesses – thrive on a smaller scale on our streets and spaces. Here you'll find everything from canal boats to police boxes, espresso bars to street food, as well as a few places that defy compartmentalisation.
39 Dundas Street, New Town, EH3 6QQ
Artisan New Town bakery committed to delivering all the joy that properly made bread can bring.
archipelagobakery.co.uk | read our review of Archipelago Bakery
East Market Street, Old Town, EH8 8FS
Hip coffee shop and 'donutterie' serving drinks, breakfast, baking and freshly made lunches under the arches near Waverley Station.
bababudan.coffee | read our review of Baba Budan
34 Elder Street, New Town, EH1 3DX
Vegan café building a buzz about its take on the burger.
read our review of Holy Cow
Union of Genius
8 Forrest Road, Old Town, EH1 2QN
Edinburgh's first soup café uses locally sourced ingredients to create wholesome, comforting, better-than-homemade soups.
unionofgenius.com | read our review of Union of Genius
27 East Market Street, Old Town, EH8 8FS
Independent wine shop-cum-café-cum bar: pick up a bottle to take home or pay a small corkage fee and drink it on the premises with a snack from nearby Food + Flea.
vinowines.co.uk | read our review of Vino