Edinburgh really is a coffee lovers paradise with new independent shops opening up all the time. The capital now even has its own coffee festival! We’ve picked out our top 5 coffee shops to take shelter during the cold weather that’s upon us just now. Most of these places are only a maximum of a 15-20 minute walk away from Gladstone or Roseneath Apartments so perfect places to relax after or in-between seeing the sights.
Situated at the bottom of Cockburn Street, this coffee shop is arguably one of the most stylish in the Old Town with its exposed brickwork and unique signage. The coffee isn’t bad either! The house blend is created by Glasgow’s Dear Green and features a host of other guest roasters. It’s also close to Waverley train station so an ideal place to grab a quick coffee before heading for your train back home.
Only about 5 minutes walk from the flats, on Buccleuch Street, this place may look small from the outside but there’s plenty space inside to sit and enjoy one of their brews from Round Hill Roastery beans. It’s a great place to spend a few hours sampling the range of brews on offer. They also have a great selection of sandwiches and soups making it a good place to refuel before you go off exploring back into the cold!
The guys at Cairngorm Coffee have two venues in Edinburgh, but its their café on Melville Place that we recommend for a leisurely coffee. With built-in I-pads for customer use and a great range of coffees, sandwiches and cakes it’s a great place to relax from the hustle and bustle for a while! Great spot to relax whilst you explore the New Town or en-route for a walk along the Water of Leith.
This venue on West Port serves up great coffee and cake in the heart of the Old Town area of the city, so great stop off point for exploring that end of town. North Berwick’s Steampunk provide the house roast, but there’s usually plenty of guest roasts to choose from too. They have a great selection of cakes and traybakes too, so definitely a place to stop off and take a well earned break.
Situated right beside the National Portrait Gallery on York Place, its another great place to relax after a morning spent taking in the exhibitions. As well as a great range of coffees, they have a good food menu so you could make this a lunch stop too. You can even buy some of their own blends, so a great idea for a gift for someone, or even something to take home with you after your trip.