Cairngorm Coffee Co

Cairngorm Coffee Co
1 Melville Place, Edinburgh, EH3 7PR
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Cairngorm’s highly distinctive second shop provides Edinburgh’s West End with high-end coffee alongside a selection of tasty food offerings.

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In Edinburgh’s West End, Cairngorm’s second shop is highly distinctive with its curved pink marble facade and large counter-to-ceiling windows. Inside is bright and airy with long copper and oak tables, white stools and hanging lamps. The off-white colour scheme, polished concrete counter and green plants create a subdued, calm feel, offsetting the bustle at busy times. Priding itself as a multi-roaster coffee shop, roasters change regularly. They also batch brew instead of using hand pour drip filters to serve single origins almost instantly. All day breakfast, brunch and lunch options are available, like granola with seasonal fruit, fresh pastries, avocado toast, rolls, soup, salad and grilled toasties. The seasonal roast beetroot salad with feta, pear, quinoa and balsamic glaze exudes flavour and texture, although the smallish portion leaves ample room for something more – go for a chocolate brownie interlaced with peanut butter, which alongside a smooth flat white hits the spot.

The List's rating
7

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Tara Klein visited Cairngorm Coffee Co on 30 November 2017
  • High point: Bright, airy Scandi-style décor
  • Low point: Inconsistent in portion sizes
  • Notable dish: Avocado toast
  • Average price: £7.50 (lunch)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Easy listening
  • Capacity: 45 (10 outdoors)
  • Open since: 2016 March

Reviews & features

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