Café Praline

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Café Praline
91 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 8LX
  • Food served Mon–Sat 9am–5pm; Sun 11am–5pm.
  • Average price £8 (lunch)
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New sit-in and takeaway spot at the foot of Leith Walk from the people behind Le Petit Français, a local French bakery that does wholesale and delivery.

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This new spot at the foot of Leith Walk comes from the couple who also run Le Petit Français, a French bakery that does wholesale and delivery out of its premises in nearby Swanfield. The café was opened in October 2016, giving customers a place to sit in and savour their homemade bread, pastries, quiches and cakes, as well as functioning as a takeaway bakery too. White subway tiles and the greenery of pot plants keep the décor simple and minimal, and there’s a beat-up antique bookcase full of children’s books, toys, chess sets and leaflets from local yoga classes if you’re looking for distraction. Their excellent poppy bagels, rosemary focaccia and ciabatta come filled with the likes of goat’s cheese, honey and walnuts; seafood cocktail; or roast ham and emmental, or you can buy a baguette to shove under your arm and take home with you. Their tempting plum and almond tarts, fluffy pains aux chocolats and selection of traditional patisserie are very reasonably priced considering the quality and portion sizes.

  • High point: Quality baking in a classic French style
  • Low point: No gluten-free options
  • Average price: £8 (lunch)