Century General Store
Clean, bright coffee shop in Abbeyhill, with a small shop selling stationery and homewares at a fair price.
What began as a small but well-stocked general store in Marchmont is now a general store plus café in Abbeyhill. While the first (now closed) venue only had space for a few bar stools, the new premises have more space for tables and chairs, including the best spot up at the corner windows, with an Anglepoise lamp and leafy pot plants bookending you as you sip the house espresso from London’s Assembly Roast, Edinburgh’s Fortitude Coffee or another of their monthly guest suppliers. For breakfast, there are pastries, granola with compote, banana bread with crème fraȋche or fantastic brunch specials (Saturdays only); homemade hash browns with black pudding, spicy ketchup, fried egg and spinach is a particular highlight, served on a classic white enamel plate with blue trim. At lunchtime there are daily stews and soups, always with vegan and gluten-free options. Simple classics and clean designs are a theme in the excellent mini-shop too; look out for Lucky Cloud organic skincare, made just along the road in St Margaret’s House, t-shirt fabric macramé plant holders, well-chosen stationery and cacti and succulents for the home. Just up from Easter Road, it’s well worth the walk. They've also started putting on evening events like a pop up wine bar, Burns Supper or occasional book group.
- High point: The attention to detail
- Low point: When the fresh pastries are gone, they’re gone
- Notable dish: Cheese scone with butter and tomato chutney
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 20
- Open since: 2014