Black Medicine Coffee Company

Black Medicine Coffee Company
2 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DH
  • Telephone 0131 557 6269
  • Food served Mon–Sat 8am–8pm; Sun 9am–8pm.
  • Email
  • Website www.blackmed.co.uk
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Busy wee coffee shop, popular with students, shoppers and office workers alike.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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With clever use of varnished rustic wooden benches to give a sense of privacy, Black Medicine allows for easy conversation even when busy. Students settle down in quiet corners with a laptop, or dash in and out in-between lectures. Table service is prompt – soup, bagels, ciabatta and croissants are listed on the chalkboard and there’s a range of home baking which can, and does, sell out. High in the corner a Mexican god presides above the staircase, showing the way to the downstairs space where cosy nooks provide quiet corners and customers play board games. It’s apparently the perfect spot for that awkward first date and with friendly staff and coffee this good, why go to a high street chain?

The List's rating
7.2

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Jan Paterson visited Black Medicine Coffee Company
  • High point: Fast friendly service even when busy
  • Low point: Cake can sell out early
  • Notable dish: Chocolate brownie
  • Average price: £7 (lunch)
  • Private dining: Up to 30 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: 70s post punk
  • Capacity: 70
  • Largest group: 30
  • Open since: 1998

Events at this venue

There are 7 events at this location

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Andy Barr: Neustadt

Andy Barr / Heroes / PWYW Visionary architect Andy Barr, tasked with designing the ideal socialist city, is dragged into a paranoid nightmare of Cold War intrigue. Andy Barr is a stand-up and member of the Weirdos collective. ‘Skilfully written and delivered lines… Barr’s comic timing and gestures are impeccable’ ★★★…

Fri 3 Aug

Black Medicine Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 4 Aug

Black Medicine Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 5 Aug

Black Medicine Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 26 Aug

Madame Senorita

An hour of contemporary clowning from Madame Señorita (aka Paula Valluerca), inspired by: surrealism, rock'n'roll, housewives and Spanish drama.

Fri 3 Aug

£5 in advance or pay what you want / 0131 557 6269

  • 21:30 – 22:15

Sat 4 Aug

£5 in advance or pay what you want / 0131 557 6269

  • 21:30 – 22:15

Sun 5 Aug

£5 in advance or pay what you want / 0131 557 6269

  • 21:30 – 22:15
…and 22 more dates until 27 Aug

Madame Señorita: QUEST!ON

Madame Señorita / Heroes Award-winning Spanish clown-diva show inspired by a life crisis and the really big questions. Chaotic, funny and at moments heart-breakingly sad. 'A physical comedy talent' (Chortle.co.uk). Best Female Act at London International Solo Festival. 'Mesmerising silliness' (Fest). 'Buy a ticket…

Fri 3 Aug

£5 to secure a seat, or pay what you want / 0131 557 6269

Black Medicine Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 4 Aug

£5 to secure a seat, or pay what you want / 0131 557 6269

Black Medicine Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 5 Aug

£5 to secure a seat, or pay what you want / 0131 557 6269

Black Medicine Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 27 Aug

Michael Clarke: Felt

PBJ Management / Heroes / PWYW Michael Clarke has felt something. He'd love to share that with you. Debut hour from 2017 Amused Moose and NATY finalist about childhood, memory and a terrifying darkness woven into the fabric of reality. Sponsored by the good people at Felta Skelta. 'Genius-madman' (Bruce Dessau). 'In…

Mon 6 Aug

Black Medicine Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Tue 7 Aug

Black Medicine Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

2 for 1 Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Wed 8 Aug

Black Medicine Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 17 more dates until 26 Aug

Sam & Tom: Interview

Sam & Tom / Heroes / PWYW After review of your application, Sam & Tom are pleased to offer you the opportunity to interview for the position of audience in their new cult comedy show. Sam & Tom are an upstart company specialising in audience-oriented comedy deliverance. They have won industry plaudits and…

Thu 2 Aug

Black Medicine Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 3 Aug

Black Medicine Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 4 Aug

Black Medicine Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 9 more dates until 13 Aug

Sam Nicoresti's Bedtime

Sam Nicoresti / Heroes / PWYW The hypnopompic boy king slam-dunks a sleepover-themed show so hard the hoop disintegrates. Comedy PR is 50% meretricious fighting talk, 50% photoshoot: so move over everyone – there’s a new confident cop in the dreamery. The jokes'll be lucid and respectful. Bring your favoured son for a…

Wed 15 Aug

Black Medicine Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 16 Aug

Black Medicine Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 17 Aug

Black Medicine Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 9 more dates until 26 Aug

Von's Midnight Madness

Von Leon aka Miss Candy AppleBottom / PWYW The Antipodean madman known as Von, shall be performing his fabled loops upon his eight-string guitar and telling his extraordinary tales with a twist of adult comedy and burlesque upon the hour of midnight in the infamous Black Medicine Basement. Joining Von's array of…

Fri 3 Aug

Black Medicine Basement

£9 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 4 Aug

Black Medicine Basement

£9 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 5 Aug

Black Medicine Basement

£9 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 20 more dates until 26 Aug