Milk at Collective

Milk at Collective
City Observatory & City Dome, 38 Calton Hill, Edinburgh, EH7 5AA
  • Telephone 013 556 1264
  • Seasonal times Mon–Sun 10am–5pm.
  • Food served Mon–Sun 10am–4pm.
  • Average price £6 (sandwich and a sweet)
  • Email
  • Website www.cafemilk.co.uk
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Birra Moretti

Sturdy sandwiches, tasty toasties and assorted sweets in a scenic setting atop Calton Hill.

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A short schlep to the top of Calton Hill, and you’re rewarded with the finest vantage point in Edinburgh – clear views across the Forth, Holyrood Park, the Old Town and the New. In this spectacular spot for an open-air picnic, the Milk at Collective kiosk offers a small but perfectly curated selection of vittles – toasties, sandwiches, soup and a few sweet treats. The peppy pea, mint and chilli soup will cut through the cold of the wind (the rotating soup selection is always vegan), and Isle of Mull Cheddar toasties are robust and tangy. In terms of whetting your whistle, coffee comes strong and delicious, while wee ones will delight in the baby hot chocolates. A chewy, dark chocolate hazelnut brownie offers a smooth finish, or a piece of extremely pretty carrot cake, adorned with craters of buttercream. There’s always a gluten-free slice on offer, too. After lunch, take a gander at the free art gallery behind – every bit as stimulating as the view. Everything you need for the ideal al fresco jaunt.

  • High point: There's few pleasures in life as great as a terrific sandwich in a spot with a glorious view
  • Low point: The top of Calton Hill is not for those averse to a spot of weather
  • Notable dish: Isle of Mull cheddar toasties
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
  • Music on stereo: N/A
  • Capacity: 4, but can sit anywhere on Calton Hill - this is a kiosk
  • Open since: 2014

Reviews & features

Christmas Food Q&A: Sam Mattocks – Milk

14 Dec 2015

Milk co-owner and chef Mattocks spruiks the humble cauliflower and shares her Christmas food secrets

I always make a side dish of French beans with orange zest, toasted hazelnuts and nut oil. This is great because you can prepare it in advance and serve at room temperature. If I am serving roasted root vegetables I like to glaze them with raspberry…