Edinburgh Coffee and Brunch Spots

It’s been a year that I’ve been living in Edinburgh, and for some crazy reason I did not share much about life here, or some favourite places that I’ve found here during this time. As you probably know (or if you don’t know, then, here’s a fact!), I’m a crazy foodie, and usually whenever I travel, coffee shops/restaurants/street food spots are the first thing I search for. 
So, I thought it’s just logical if I share some of the most favourite places I’ve found during this year in EDINBURGH! I decided to start with coffee and then some brunch places that I really love, so here we go!

Coffee scene

Brew Lab 
Brew Lab is a specialty third-wave coffee shop, located next to the main University campus of Edinburgh. I simply love their “raw” design with red-brick walls and old-school furniture. They serve absolutely amazing coffee, and a particularly amazing flat white. I love coming here to work, there’s just something productive about this space, — maybe the fact that it’s filled with students. They also serve good light breakfast options until 12 pm, and sandwiches and soups for lunch.
Cairngorm 
Having 2 locations in New Town area of Edinburgh (the one in West End being my favourite), these guys really know their coffee. Brewed to perfection, your cup also needs to be accompanied by one of their absolutely amazing grilled cheese sandwiches or avocado toasts. 
Hyde & Son
Recently opened, beautifully designed space in New Town, is in fact, a part of a design hotel Eden Locke (that’s where I start envy people staying there!). The space is just so airy, modern and gorgeous, I could sit there all day long. Serving great coffee along with a few lovely smoothie options and small sweet bites like croissants and doughnuts. 
Milkman 
Tiny coffee shop located in the heart of Old Town, Cockburn street, serving the best flat white there is in the whole world (very subjective opinion, but who said it isn’t right?!). Sit in next to their huge windows people-watching or grab a cup to-go, and have a lovely stroll in the nearby Princess street Gardens (like I usually do).  
Baba Budan 
You really need to know this place to find it, since it’s not located near main tourist routes. Famous for their delicious doughnuts, Baba Budan also serves great coffee, so drop in if you’re looking for something sweet!

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Coffee + Brunch/Lunch
The Pantry 
Now, The Pantry tops my list of favourite brunch places in Edinburgh so far. They have 2 locations, but I’ve only been to the one in Stockbridge (which also happens to be my favourite area of the city). You will probably have to queue if you want to sit in for Sunday brunch, but it’s totally worth it! Waffles, Eggs Benedicts, sandwiches, and so much more — it’s always hard to choose, but then again, there’s no wrong choice here! Coffees are nice, otherwise you can always go for a boozy brunch option with Mimosas 😉 
Soderberg Pavilion 
Soderberg is a famous Nordic bakery chain in Edinburgh, and that’s where I also normally buy bread for home, however, Soderberg Pavilion in Quatermile area is worth visiting for their amazing sourdough pizzas. Lunch, brunch or dinner,  — you choose, but don’t miss this place!
 
Urban Angel 
My choice for a slow coffee with book, nice gourmet lunch or sweet bite whenever I’m in New Town. Their lunch menu changes everyday, and brunch options are served all day, including things like avocado-ricotta toast, Eggs Benedict, French toast and more.
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MILK 
With their main cafe located not far from Haymarket train station, Milk also has a bunch of little coffee pop-ups in art-galleries and sight points around the city. I love their mainly gluten-free cakes, healthy lunch options and their coffee is great!

On Nostalgia, Apple Picking and Delicious Hand-pies

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What is nostalgia for you? Is it warm or is it blue? Does it make you smile when you relive old forgotten memories inside your head, or leaves you longing for returning back to the days when..? 

I very much like this bitter-sweet feeling, emotionally moving power. Even more that, I am very much fascinated with the way it works, subtle triggers that evoke it. It is, after all, a deeply sensual experience. Olfactory memories are probably the most powerful, but also the most subconscious of them all, so most of times they come as an overwhelming surprise to us, don’t they? Now, our taste sense is a completely different story. I doubt there’s a single person in the world who does not affectionately remembers some of their very first culinary family dish prepared on special holidays or that bright juicy flavour of freshly picked berries from grandma’s garden. My childhood was not always full of fresh produce because a)  I grew up in Siberia with winter lasting for good 6 months, and b) we were not always well off. Despite these facts or thanks to them, but I learned to appreciate good food and could always tell the good produce from the bad one. 

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Easiest Fig Tart ever

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As a kid I never knew what fresh figs taste like, and what’s more, I didn’t know what they look like.  Where I lived we only had dried version of them, and I grew to hate them over the childhood years, finding the flavour to be too edgy. The first time I saw a photo of fresh figs in some food blog I thought this is the most photogenic fruit ever, but was still very suspicious about the taste. And only about 4 years ago I first tried them from Boqueria market  in Barcelona… now that brought up a new food addiction in me, and I’ve been trying to get my hands on figs whenever I could.

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If you are, just like me, never tried figs before, it’s definitely time to start, as they’re still in season! Perfect in salads, amazing as a topping for your morning oats (caramelized with herbs these become just heavenly!), figs are also fantastic product because they act perfectly both in sweet and savoury combinations.

Here’s a very quick put-together tart, that can be a perfect dinner, if served with a green side salad, or a mouth-watering bite for your wine evening.

 

Quick Fig Tart with Gorgonzola and Thyme
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
137 calories
13 g
19 g
7 g
6 g
5 g
43 g
389 g
10 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
43g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 137
Calories from Fat 65
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
11%
Saturated Fat 5g
23%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 19mg
6%
Sodium 389mg
16%
Total Carbohydrates 13g
4%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 10g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
15%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 sheet puff pastry (400grams)
  2. 6 ripe figs
  3. Fresh thyme
  4. 100 grams Gorgonzola (I think any blue cheese will work)
  5. Splash of Olive oil
  6. Sea salt (I used pink himalayan)
  7. Wildflower honey
  8. Pine nuts
Instructions
  1. 1. Pre-heat the oven to 200° Celsius.
  2. 2. Roll out the pastry about 0.5cm thick, make small borders by pinching the edges slightly, and brush it lightly with olive oil
  3. 3. Cut figs into circles and arrange them evenly all over the pastre
  4. 4. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt, then add honey and chopped thyme
  5. 5. Crumble cheese and pine nuts all over the tart, and add more thyme springs
  6. 6. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until pastry is crisp and golden.
Adapted from Food52
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Zucchini fritters

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I didn’t have much time so far to get down to some real cooking here for this blog, but it’s always easier to start with something :) So I decided to remind of something that all Russian people probably know since they were little.

The thing is: my husband doesn’t like veggies. To the point that I have to discover ways to serve them unnoticed whenever I cook for the two of us.
Zucchini was always a big trouble, until I thought “wait! I can do pancakes with that!” . So the morning I did these fritters Alex actually ate the whole portion, craved for more, and then curiously asked what was that actually made of. I laughed seeing his face cringing at the thought had just lost this fight :)

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