Black Medicine Coffee Company

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

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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






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