Peter's Yard Café Quartermile
- Telephone 0131 228 5876
- Seasonal times Later hours in the summer
- Food served Mon–Fri 7.30am–6pm; Sat/Sun 9am–6pm.
- Average price £8 (lunch); £15 (evening meal)
- Website www.petersyard.com
The home of Swedish baking, strong coffee, open sandwiches and conversation.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
‘Fika’ is an essential part of Swedish life. Both a noun and verb, it means to take a break with coffee and something sweet. It’s a habit this Swedish café is trying to instil in the heart of Edinburgh, and judging by its popularity, it’s succeeding. The high ceilings, long sharing tables, and full-length windows make this a stylish venue for cake and conversation. All the breads, buns, and biscuits are kneaded to perfection in the bakery at sister venue Söderberg, a stone’s throw away. Breakfast consists of cinnamon buns, continental trays, and wholesome granola with Katie Rodgers yogurt. Lunches are hearty and healthy open sandwiches, salads, and delicious soups such as beetroot and horseradish. And if you’re just after a pause to your day, go Swedish and do the fika thang – strong coffee with a parsnip cake or Kanelbull (cinnamon bun).
- High point: Falling in love with the baking, taking the baking home
- Low point: On a nice day it can be difficult to get a seat
- Notable dish: Cinnamon buns
A unique store that deserves its reputation for integrity, Peter's Yard is a destination for foodies looking to treat themselves. This Swedish bakery focuses on quality rather than quantity. Three or four varieties of fresh artisan loaf include rye and sourdough, varying in flavour throughout the week, and they are famous for their knäckebröd (crispbread). Sandwiches, muffins, breakfasts and cakes are available to take away or enjoy on the premises, as well as a good range of teas and coffees.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
- Music on stereo: No music
- Capacity: 65 (40 outdoors)
- Largest group: 10
- Open since: 2007
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