This is a personal list. I like all of these.

If you have favourites then feel free to add them in the comments section below!

Blackwood Coffee | 235 Morningside Road | EH12 4QT.

Could definitely get used to this 😌☕️

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Distinctive for its striking green exterior,  this cafe features a classic design, with panelled floors and walls and a good selection of homemade cakes and pastries.

The coffee is provided by leading company Square Mile and the baristas are trained by owner, former Barista Champion, Jon Sharp.

Opening hours are 8am-6pm (Mon-Fri) and 9am-6am (weekends).

Wellington Coffee |33a George Street| EH2 2HN

This coffee shop is quietly tucked away in one of Edinburgh’s busiest streets, providing a refuge from the bustle above.

House blend is Square Mile, or you could choose an indulgent hot chocolate.

Fruit or cheese scones with bacon or chorizo are delicious and there are lovely cakes available. No WiFi, but there is a wide selection of newspapers and a peaceful atmosphere. High level and low level seating with tables and chairs on the pavement (on a busy corner though!)


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Castello Coffee | 7A Castle St | EH2 3AH

Situated just off Princes Street, this small but distinctive café features a great outdoor seating area, high quality Allpress Espresso beans and great care and attention from staff. Arguably, Castello Coffee offers a traditional cafe experience in the best way possible: all of the enjoyable coffee and treats, none of the Starbucks’ corporate soullessness or stressed morning commuters.

Opening hours are 7.30am-6pm.


Project Coffee |192-194 Bruntsfield Place | EH10 4DF


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Located in a student-friendly area, this café is both Instagram paradise but traditional at the same time, with a selection of cakes and simple, contemporary décor.

Open from 7.30am-7pm on weekdays and 8.30am-6pm at weekends. I had a chocolate crossaint here and it was quite simply in a league of its own.



  1. The author isn’t much of a coffee connoisseur. None of the three listed are really on the cutting edge of coffee. A decent list would include BrewLab, Fortitude, Filament, and perhaps Cairngorm.

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