This restaurant has ceased trading.

2–6 Spottiswoode Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1BQ
  • Opening times Mon–Sun 9am–6pm
  • Food served Mon–Sun 9am–6pm.
  • Average price £10 (lunch)
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It's like being back at school. This popular coffee haven, just down the road from one of the city's best secondary schools and in the heart of residential studentville, is packed with ancient school chairs, communal tables and classroom maps adorning the walls. The coffee is an education too: it's taken seriously here, with self-confessed geekery at play, and different blends depending on whether you're taking it black or with milk, while brewing options include espresso, V60 filter or French press (cafetiere). Giant sandwiches come packed with interesting ingredients like Arbroath smokie with salsa verde or pastrami with smoked cheese and gherkins, while at the weekend the brunch menu offers eggs various ways to go with the hangover-solving coffee. The free wifi attracts students, who chat in myriad languages while collaborating over course work, and parents and kids are welcomed with cakes and a giant chalkboard to unleash their creativity. It's not an easy feat, but Freemans manages to offer something for everyone – and dogs are welcome too.

  • High point: Serious coffee education
  • Low point: Toilets also hark back to school days
  • Notable dish: Flat white
  • Average price: £10 (lunch)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 48
  • Largest group: 8
  • Open since: 2011