One of the main benefits of self catering accommodation like ours is that you can choose to either eat in or explore the many local eateries that this area of Edinburgh has to offer. In future blogs we’ll be looking at restaurants, but this week we’re exploring some of the local cafes. Whether you’ll looking for somewhere for a family breakfast or just a relaxing coffee after seeing the sights, the surround area has lots to offer. There’s some gems right on the doorstep of both Roseneath and Gladstone Apartments in Marchmont, or if you want to walk a bit further then more can be found across the Meadows in Bruntsfield or around the corner in Newington. We’ve put our thinking caps on and come up with a list of the top 10. We’ve tried to cater for all tastes so there should be something here for everyone no matter what you’re looking for. We’ve also provided a link to Google Maps for each café so that you can see where its located to help plan your visit. Enjoy!
Located in Marchmont itself on Spottiswood Road, this is one of three branches in Edinburgh. They pride themselves on offering traceable quality tea and coffee sourced, having direct links with the farmers that produce it. Not only do they serve coffee and tea (which is also available to take away) they serve breakfast and snacks all day. It opens from 8am most mornings until 5pm so a great place to stop by whatever time of day.
Another Marchmont café, this time located on Marchmont Crescent. This place promises that you’ll change the way you look at porridge and provides a friendly place if you want to pop in for a healthy breakfast before going out to explore for the day. They offer some really imaginative ways to eat oats with emphasis on fresh and healthy ingredients. As well as porridge you can also buy smoothies or pick from a range of coffees.
This café is positioned right at the edge of the Meadows on Jawbone Walk, only a few minutes walk from Roseneath or Gladstone Apartments. It serves up a delicious array of nutritious vegetarian food, a tasty selection of cakes and muffins and excellent fair trade coffee, herbal teas and fresh smoothies. The perfect place to stop after a stroll around the Meadows or after a days sightseeing before returning to your accommodation.
On the corner of Melville Terrace and Livingstone Place this café is one street away from Gladstone Apartment and has been here since 1969. It’s a great place to visit no matter what the time of day – especially if you manage to grab one of the outdoor tables. It does feel like you could be in Paris! They offer a range of food options all day and they even do their own speciality roast coffee. It’s a great spot for a lazy breakfast or brunch before heading out for the day.
This café on South College Street (on the walk into town) has been serving coffee and food since 2012. As well as a range of speciality coffees they also offer a simple brunch menu served in the mornings (from 8am) and a tasty lunch menu with sourdough baguettes, soups and salads. Throughout the day there’s also a great selection of cakes and tray-bakes. During the evening (Weds to Sun) it transitions into a mixture of a café and bar so ideal if you’re looking for somewhere in the evening but don’t want to go further afield.
Just across the Meadows from our apartments, on Bruntsfield Place, this café started out in 2011 as a pop up shop during the Fringe. Being slightly away from the city centre it’s the perfect place to sit and relax and enjoy a coffee without needing to go too far from your apartment. It’s also an ideal place to stop for lunch after a walk around Bruntsfield Links as they also serve fresh homemade soup as well as coffee. They have a couple of other cafes around Edinburgh so worth checking out their website for when you’re out and about in the capital.
Also on Bruntsfield Place, they opened their first café in Bruntsfield in 2010. Since then they’ve added a few more Edinburgh sites to their range. They aim to offer a typical French experience to their customers, providing an excellent range of gateaux freshly prepared on the premises. They also make their own artisan bread from another premises in Bruntsfield, which (along with the cakes) you can take away with you and eat in the comfort of your apartment. The café is also a nice place to sit-in after a day out exploring.
Another on our list situated on Bruntsfield Place. Rosevear is more of a tea shop rather than a café but as they offer a huge range of tea options then they had to be on our list! Tea can be sampled here and loose leaves purchased to take back and brew in the comfort of your apartment. The wide range of tea on offer covers everything from black and green teas to oolong and caffeine-free teas. Tea and accessories can also be purchased to take back home with you after your stay in Edinburgh.
A little further away (close by Kings Theatre) on Brougham Place, this is a lovely place to stop off if you’re going to see a show or catch something at the Cameo cinema. You can choose to sit in or grab a coffee on the go from their range of Espresso machines. You can also purchase roasted coffee and loose tea which you can take home and make yourself in your apartment. Bits of coffee kit as well as mugs can also be bought and delivered to you when you return home. They also have a sister café on Nicolson Street which is also quite close to our apartments.
A short stroll from either flat (on South Clerk Street), this café is just around the corner from the Meadows. All food is freshly baked and prepared on the premises. As well as a full café menu (including breakfasts , lunches and cakes) they also offer a takeaway menu meaning you can also enjoy the food back at your apartment. They neighbourhood café caters for all tastes and has a range of speciality diet options including gluten free and vegan.