The Milkman

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

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Nestling at the foot of Cockburn Street, The Milkman coffee and espresso bar is small but perfectly formed. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are impeccably sourced, from Dear Green, Pekoe Tea and Edward & Irwyn respectively, plus a monthly guest espresso and single origin filter coffee are available. As well as an ethical and sustainable approach to the drinks menu, cakes and pastries are supplied by local businesses including regular gluten-free options. Inside, it’s exposed brick, industrial but cosy, with the window seat a prime spot for people watching. The flat white is smooth and intense with no hint of bitterness, while a gluten-free raspberry slice is better than many free-from offerings elsewhere. Overall, The Milkman's just right for a quick pick-me-up in town or for killing time before catching the train.

  • High point: High-quality beverages that stand out among the tourist traps
  • Low point: No toilets
  • Notable dish: Flat white
  • Provides: Children's portions, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Alternative folk
  • Live entertainment: Live acts during festival, more planned for 2017
  • Capacity: 14
  • Open since: 2015

Reviews & features

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