Tiny wee pitstop coffee shop with excellent coffee and charming service.
There are plenty of coffee shops along Cockburn Street, but few can compete with the Milkman. Located towards the bottom of the street’s slope, this stylish café is a perfect stop for a delicious (and ethically packaged) coffee to go, or lingering catch-ups in its snug, exposed brick alcoves, while on sunny days you can join fellow coffee-lovers on the wooden sharing tables outside. The baristas are passionate about what they serve and everything feels carefully and lovingly selected. The house espresso is sourced from the Edinburgh-based Obadiah Collective, while a range of rotating guest coffees bring some of the world’s best roasteries to central Edinburgh. Previous guests include the Berlin-based Bonanza Coffee as well as Girls Who Grind, an ethical roaster that supports female coffee producers (this one was so popular that they now stock packets). Very much a coffee shop, there is also a small range of pastries, cakes and tray bakes from local bakeries, with vegan and gluten free options available.
- Provides: Children's portions, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: hip hop
- Live entertainment: Live acts during festival, more planned for 2019
- Capacity: 14
- Open since: 2015