Best cafés in Edinburgh
- Eating and Drinking Guide
- 22 May 2019
From tea and coffee to cake and pastries, these Edinburgh hotspots do café culture right
Edinburgh's café scene continues to evolve and remains as vibrant as ever. These day-time foodies are often a source of real innovation, from coffee roasters to artisan bakers to scientists of salad, they push the boundaries of breakfast and lunch. And with creative menus, come creative spaces as cake counters make room for supper clubs and cookery workshops. Here we share the best of the new openings, rebrands and updates as well as our coveted Hitlist.
This stalwart of the New Town scene continues to produce ingenious breads and bakes that keep customers coming back for more.
The Bearded Baker
Homemade doughnuts compete with freshly baked bagels for the top spot at this tiny Canonmills bakery.
Hopelessly devoted to oats and grains, this small Marchmont café turns porridge into an unexpected treat.
It's been the year of the bagel in Edinburgh as Bross expanded their empire to three shops and thousands of loyal fans.
A rustic yet cosy interior, exemplary Italian cooking, and invariably generous service all culminate in a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Personal and local, Fieldwork's food is as inventive as its welcome is warm.
Honeycomb & Co
This attractive Bruntsfield spot has really hit its stride, with excellent baking and lots of attention to the wee details helping set it apart.
Now with two branches in the city, Loudons know how to throw a brunch.
The original Milk, this trendy café offers an eclectic menu of homemade breakfast and lunch favourites just a few minutes from Haymarket station.
Definitely worth seeking out, Ostara is a friendly local café-bistro with a cosy atmosphere and genuine commitment to local suppliers.
Busy and deservedly popular spot, with beautiful options for breakfast, brunch and lunch.
A familiar sight around the city, Söderberg's cafés and bakery shops are an ever-reliable option for everything from a quick coffee stop to a more leisurely lunch.
Jessica Elliott Dennison's experience as a food stylist and writer helps this delightful café punch well above its weight.
Union of Genius
Just quietly making the soup year on year, Union epitomises the charm of the wee place. More power to their elbows.