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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  • 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

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Aindrias de Staic; Shtax the LedgeHammer

Shtax and Heroes / PWYW Legendary performer and well-travelled fiddle player Aindrias de Staic (AKA Shtax) is back on the Fringe after winning a few awards seven years ago and being busy with TV and film. Born in Galway, Ireland, his rich'n'rare style of fiddle playing is as unique to the west of Ireland as his…

Wed 14 Aug

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£5 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Thu 15 Aug

Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 16 Aug

Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 9 more dates until 25 Aug

Andy Barr: The Ruby

Heroes / PWYW / Andy Barr With his father recently deceased, minor aristocrat Andy Barr stands to inherit his fortune, his estate, his magnificent ruby and its terrible curse. Andy Barr is an award-winning comic, an 'innovative rising star' (Time Out) and an 'off-key delight' (Skinny) whose 'comic timing and gestures…

Thu 1 Aug

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£5 / 0131 557 6269

Preview Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 2 Aug

Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 25 Aug

Johnny White Really-Really: Unending Torment!

Johnny White Really-Really, Heroes / PWYW When I was a child, I tried out having an imaginary friend for one afternoon. We went to the park, myself and my imaginary friend, and played chasing games. But soon enough I tired of their company — they were really boring! And so I left them there in the park and came home…

Thu 1 Aug

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£5 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 2 Aug

Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 25 Aug

Liberty Hodes – Hot Commodity

Liberty Hodes / Heroes of the Fringe / PWYW Hot Commodity is a one woman show which interrogates the effect of capitalism on everything around us and what that means as a young woman trying to find her place in the adult world. Coming to terms with living in a strangely dystopian environment to grow up in, this show…

Wed 14 Aug

Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Serena Flynn: Baubo Goddess of Filth

Serena Flynn Your worst and best possible self. Skirt-lifting trickster Goddess Baubo offers redemption for seriously deviant behaviour. Worship at her shrine. Bring daddy as a sacrifice. A whispering, shouting, call to arms. A celebration of outrageous women, their round bellies and luscious labia. 'Her oddly magnetic…

Thu 1 Aug

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£5 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 2 Aug

Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 21 more dates until 25 Aug

Tim FitzHigham and Thom Tuck in Macbeth

Two Perfomers, a World-class Script and Not Enough Time 413 years ago Macbeth was first performed. 2019 sees the definitive production by multi-award winners Thom Tuck (The Penny Dreadfuls, Thom Tuck Goes Straight to DVD, Horrible Histories) and Tim FitzHigham (Paddington 2, After Life, BBC Radio 4’s The Gambler). With…

Thu 1 Aug

Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 2 Aug

Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 8 more dates until 11 Aug

The Wonder Jam

Bright Buoy and Heroes / PWYW Sell-out late-night comedy party! Join the ‘hilarious’ (BroadwayBaby.com) Lorna Rose Treen, the truly funny Belinda Anderson-Hunt, Dougie Baldwin (Netflix’s Disjointed) and many more for a blend of hilarity, mayhem and music. Come watch these rascals create a show together… ‘Massive fun…

Thu 1 Aug

Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fri 2 Aug

Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 3 Aug

Basement

£5 / 0131 557 6269

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

…and 22 more dates until 25 Aug