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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
Coffee + Brunch/Lunch
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 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!
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.
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!