Best cafés in Edinburgh
- Eating and Drinking Guide
- 16 April 2018
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.
Limited seating and no loos, but this tiny wee spot punches above its weight with fantastic coffee, pastries and chat.
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.