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The Best Coffee in Edinburgh

It’s a bit chilly outside, but there’s nothing like a strong coffee to warm you up! We have pulled together a list of some of our favourite places to grab a great cup of coffee in Edinburgh.

We are more than familiar with Edinburgh’s many coffee shops (#caffeineaddict) and the coffee scene is thriving in Scotland’s Capital. You don’t have to throw a bean far to find a coffee aficionado who knows their Arabica from their Robusta in this city, and we hope that these suggests get you off to a good start.

Cult Espresso, South Side
Cult Espresso, who are supplied by Round Hill Roastery, are the guys to go to in you’re looking for creativity and flavour. Their espresso-based coffee has a deep, full flavour while their ‘Latte Art’ is second to none. This narrow space could easily be missed and is actually a converted alleyway between two tenement buildings. Run by father and son team, Kevin & Gary, it’s well worth a visit.

Coffee in EdinburghFind Them: 104 Buccleuch St, Edinburgh EH8 9NG


Serving Workshop coffee to the people of Edinburgh, Fortitude is not only a delightful stop on the way to work, but perfect for a lazy Sunday. With Wi-Fi, books, newspapers, magazines and cakes from Lovecrumbs, the only real reason to leave is closing time.

Coffee in EdinburghFind Them: 3C York Pl, Edinburgh EH1 3EB


Twelve Triangles
Situated off Leith Walk, a short walk away from Edinburgh’s New Town, Twelve Triangles is owned by the team at Lovecrumbs who decided to expand not only into the world of coffee, but to homemade doughnuts. For non-coffee lovers out there (really?!), the delightful cafe sells tea from Anteaques, Roots soda and Kitsch soda and of course, hot chocolate from Coco Chocolatier.

Find Them: 90 Brunswick St, Edinburgh


Steampunk, Stockbridge Market
Served in a VW van driven all the way for the coastal town of North Berwick, Steampunk serves up the finest coffee at the Stockbridge Market every Saturday. The installation of a lever espresso machine in the van has meant that coffee of all types can be freshly made for customers, served alongside their famous granola bars and homemade brownies.
Coffee in Edinburgh

Find Them: 1 Saunders Street, Edinburgh EH3 6TQ


Situated near the University in the heart of the Old Town, Brew Lab helps frazzled students and festival performers keep their energy up and their spirits high. This speciality coffee shop serves a range of meticulously brewed, single-origin filter, espresso and cold brew coffees, as well as a selection of delicious cakes and local foodstuffs. The perfect place to recharge your batteries and enjoy a fabulous coffee in Edinburgh.

Coffee in Edinburgh

Find Them: 6-8 S College St, Edinburgh EH8 9AA

Cairngorm Coffee
Cracking Coffee and THE BEST cheese toasties in the whole of Edinburgh. Enter at your own risk – and cancel all afternoon meetings!



Find Them: 41a Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 1EP

Serrano Manchego
Top off the best croquettes in town with a Cappuccino that will blow your socks off!


Find Them: 297 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 8SA


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  • Brian's Coffee Spot

    October 25, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Nice list, which covers most of my favourite Coffee Spots in Edinburgh. One I would definitely add to the list though is Machina Espresso on Brougham Place, Tollcross. They make some excellent coffee as well as selling a great range of coffee equipment.


    Brian’s Coffee Spot | Devoted to Coffee


    • Dickins

      January 12, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      Thanks for sharing Brian!

  • Claudia

    October 19, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    BEST coffee in Edinburgh is found at Serrano&Manchego on Leith walk, thanks.


    • Dickins

      January 12, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      We have added this in as we agree! Thanks!

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