Edinburgh Recommends: Best Coffee Shops

Guide books are useful for visitors, but for locals it’s word of mouth that gives you the latest and most reliable information.

Which is where Edinburgh Recommends comes in. We’re asking you to tell us your favourite places in the city centre, with the best tips published every Friday.

The top recommendation will win dinner for two, tickets to a show or attraction and £40 of shopping vouchers. Not bad for just telling us what you like!

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Each week, in association with This Is Edinburgh – the new campaign that highlights the huge offer in Edinburgh city centre – we choose a category and ask for your recommendation. All we need is around 50 words. You can add a picture if you like. We will also be asking for submissions through our website – edinburghnews.com – and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

So what are you waiting for?

Get recommending and let’s shout about how great our city centre is!

The Best coffee shops

Friendly staff and quality food

Jamie Manson: “Definitely got to be Eatings on Rose Street. I go in there occasionally for a roll and a coffee on my way to work at the weekends, and the guys that work in there are friendly, approachable, and they provide an excellent service. I’m always greeted, they ask how I am, what I’m getting up to during the day, and then wish me a good day when I leave. All round amazing, excellent service, and good quality food and hot drinks.”

Don’t miss those amazing brownies

Liz Neil: “Pep and Fodder on Waterloo Place does nice coffee and amazing chocolate brownies.”

Relaxing spot for sunday brunch

Benedetta Lazzari: “Leo’s Beanery in Howe Street! Nice and relaxed atmosphere, if it is just for a coffee or tea and delicious cake or Sunday morning brunch. Yummm.”

Karen Wilkinson: “I’m another vote for Leo’s Beanery the best coffee in town and the hot chocolate is gorgeous too. Had breakfast and lunch here and would also highly recommend the food with top-class, friendly service!”

Great vibe and best cupcakes in country

David Hayden: “Cuckoo’s at the bottom of Dundas Street, great vibe, great staff and the best cupcakes in the country!”


Karen Bond: “The Elephant House on George IV Bridge is really nice, tasty cakes and sandwiches too.”


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Beth Thomas: “Without a doubt Affagato down Queensferry Street at West End. Amazing staff. Coffee fantastic, delicious cakes, and gelato which they let you sample if you can’t decide. Fantastic place.”


Jennie Pike: “Definitely Kiki’s on Grindlay Street – friendliest wee family-run takeaway with fresh tasty Italian bites and fantastic coffee. Plus added bonus of celeb spots from Lyceum across the way!


Roberta Richardson: “Papii on Hanover Street is by far THE best coffee shop in town. Great prices, fantastic coffee and food and wonderful friendly service. I go to them rather than any chain store.”

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Elaine Burt: “Conan Doyle cafe, Palmerston Place – friendly staff, decent coffee, fab selection of herbal teas, home- made soup and home baking!”

Serves the best breakfasts in town

Jack Stone: “The Southern Cross Cafe, also known as SX, on Cockburn Street. This place does amazing coffee and the best breakfasts in town. The prices are cheap compared to other places and this doesn’t affect the quality of food. All round great place. Check it out one day. It’s tops!”

The roast with the most

Jim Hiddleston from Roslin picks Artisan Roast on 57 Broughton Street: “Wonderful, fresh coffee crafted by the best roasters and baristas in town. Quirky coffee shop with a comfy back room.”