best edinburgh coffee shops cafe

Need a Caffeine hit?

Edinburgh has a fabulous coffee shop scene, not only great coffee but atmosphere and some with amazing cakes as well.

Check out these smashers.

Filament 38 Clerk St

Filament is industrial looking with a friendly twist.  Local baked goods and great coffee. Beans change regularly. *cafe is called Filament bloomin map wouldn’t work!

Cairngorm Coffee Co

Right in the middle of Edinburgh New Town in a cosy subterranean setting.  Light bites and lunches served.

Artisan Roast

The pioneer of coffee shops that roast and now has a gaggle of shops in Edinburgh and Glasgow.  The Broughton Street premises has an extremely chilled vibe with the back room a place to hide for hours.

Castello Coffee Co

An oasis of good coffee in commercialville.  Outside seating, soups and sandwiches.

Cult Espresso

A dinky entrance hides a spacious interior.  Of course good coffee and Union of Genius soup!

Wellington Coffee

Another subterranean coffee heaven.  Be quick to nab a seat or a window bench here as its a popular spot.

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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

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  1. Dani Mountain

    I would add Fortitude on York Place and Lowdown on George St (another basement dweller) to the list! Great places that keep me going regularly. Castello is around the corner from my office, though, and the guys that work there are fantastic!

    1. Glasgow Foodie

      just been to Lowdown so it certainly will be on! Not been to Fortitude yet, on the list – thanks for this!

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