The Milkman

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The Milkman
The Milkman
7 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BP
  • Telephone 07772077920
  • Food served Mon–Fri 8am–6pm; Sat/Sun 9am–6pm.
  • Average price £7 (lunch)
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Tiny wee pitstop coffee shop with excellent coffee and charming service.

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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.

  • High point: Great guest coffees
  • Low point: No toilet - though plenty nearby
  • Notable dish: Try the guest coffee served with a decadent, fluffy cinnamon bun
  • Average price: £7 (lunch)
  • 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