The best coffee in Edinburgh

Where to Drink Really Good Coffee in Edinburgh

Yes, it's possible ☕

From Instagrammable flat whites to a wave of artisan coffee pop ups, Edinburgh has enjoyed something of a love affair with proper, good coffee in the last few years.

And there are few things that make getting out of bed quite so appealing as a visit to your favourite barista in Edinburgh.

10 Best coffee shops Edinburgh

To get your caffeine (regular or decaf) fix, discover the best coffee shops in Edinburgh in 2020:

  • Black Medicine Coffee Co
  • Twelve Tringles 
  • Cairngorm Coffee
  • Brew Lab
  • Cult Espresso
  • The Milkman
  • Artisan Roast
  • Wellington Coffee
  • Fortitude Coffee
  • Lowdown Coffee


Now let's take a look at each of these coffee shops in Edinburgh in more detail so you can decide where you are going for your next caffeine fix. 

Black Medicine Coffee Co 

The O.G 

Black Medicine Coffee Co has been serving up amazing coffee in Edinburgh since the last millennium – no, really, its been nearly 20 years.

Starting with an idea for a café that became a coffee shop, so-named because of the notion that the native peoples of America once called coffee Black Medicine.

Over the years It's identity and character as one of the best coffee shops in Edinburgh  is a cumulative product of beautiful humans who have been on either side of the machine, without whom they wouldn’t of solidified themselves as one of the best places to grab a coffee in Edinburgh. 

You can even take home some of their amazing coffee to enjoy at home or even sport some of their branded merchandise. 

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Location & opening times

Mon: Sat 8am – 8pm
Sun: 9am - 8pm

 

Twelve Triangles 

More than just good coffee... where sweat treats are aplenty. 

Twelve Triangles, is a bakery, bakery shop and an extremely good coffee shop all rolled into one. 

They are a renowned for producing sourdough bread made and shaped by hand by their team of bakers.

As well as jams, custards, pie fillings, and ricotta are made daily in the bakery, using local, seasonal and organic ingredients wherever possible.

Twelve triangles operates three coffee shops across Edinburgh and one in Portobello. 

You can find these wonderful cafes can be found on: Brunswick Street, Duke street and Dalry Road, where you can of course pick up some of the best coffee Edinburgh has to offer. 

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Location & opening times

Portobello 

Mon: Fro 8.30am - 4pm
Sat: Sun: 9am - 4pm

Brunswick Street

Mon: Sun 8am – 5pm

Duke Street

Mon: Sun 9.30am – 4pm

Dalry Road

Mon: Sun 8am – 5pm

Cairngorm Coffee  

A firm favourite of many Edinburgh locals and visitors alike. 

Two of my favourite things are on offer at Cairngorm Coffee; cheese and of course some of the best coffee you dan find in Edinburgh. 

Cairngorm have two coffee shops in Edinburgh, both offering a unique sit-in experience in central locations. 

They serve their own coffee, which they even roast in the Cairngorms each week.

If your are into coffee machines Cairngorm Coffee sport the first San Remo Opera in Scotland. 

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Location & opening times

Melville Place

Mon: Sat 8am – 6pm
Sun: 9am - 6pm

Frederik Street 

Mon: Sat 8am – 5pm
Sun: 9am - 5pm

Brew Lab Coffee

The innovative serious guy 

Situated on the streets of Old Town, Brew Lab prides itself on speciality coffee and artisanal delicacies, serving up a meticulously crafted espresso that will keep you focused all day (or at least until you reach the next coffee spot). 

With the mission to bring the best coffee possible to the people of Edinburgh, it would be a shame to not at least try this creative hot spot.

These guys are so serious about creating exceptional coffee, that they also provide barista courses that teach you the beauty of creating an espresso, as well as creative latte art and filter brewing. They also happen to sell an impressive amount of freshly roasted coffee in their store, enabling you to make some impressive coffees at home. 

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Location and Opening Times

Mon: Sun : 8am - 5pm

 

6-8 South College St

Edinburgh, EH8 9AA

 

Cult Espresso

The self proclaimed coffee nerds

Nestled into the streets of Newington, you will find a coffee shop that houses the best ingredients for an ultimate Sunday morning; brunch and exceptional coffee. 

With its funky brick walls and cosy atmosphere, Cult Espresso allows you to become immersed in a speciality coffee, whilst enjoying some divine sweet treats from locals bakers across Edinburgh.

Open for 5 years, this vibrant brunch spot is passionate about both the community and about excellent coffee, making it a must try for those lazy weekends. 

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Location and Opening Times

Mon: Fri : 8am - 6pm

Sat: 9am - 6pm

Sun: 9am - 5pm

 

104 Buccleuch Street,

Edinburgh, EH8 9NQ

The Milkman 

The Dark Horse 

Another coffee house to have opened its door in the last 5 years has been the Milkman, a hidden gem on Cockburn Street. Adopting the stylish decor of exposed brick walls and light boxes, this cosy coffee corner produces exceptional coffee and pastry delights to accompany you on your walk upto the Royal Mile. 

This forward thinking spot also sells its own ceramic reusable cups, allowing customers to sip on a frothy cappuccino whilst helping the environment in their own small way.

Providing some outdoor seating, as well as indoor benches to allow for people watching, this bricked beauty makes an excellent resting stop on your tour of Old Town. 

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Location and Opening Times

Mon: Fri : 8am - 6pm

Sat: Sun : 9am - 6pm

 

7 Cockburn Street,

Edinburgh, EH1 1BP

 

Artisan Roast

The baby of a big family

Housing the biggest collection of single origin beans in Scotland, the Artisan Roast coffee house needs to be taken seriously. Situated in the beloved cobbled streets of Stockbridge, this coffee shop is the younger sister of two others of Edinburgh’s beloved coffee joints, one being on Broughton Street and the other in Bruntsfield. 

Detailed as a bright and spacious spin on Artisan cosy - chic, Artisan Roast prides itself for being the perfect spot for lunch, coffee and conviviality.

Along with its Edinburgh locations, this quirky family of coffee houses has expanded into Glasgow, a potential hotspot if you find yourself out West. 

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Location and Opening Times

Mon: Fri : 8.30 am - 6pm

Sat: Sun : 9.30 am - 5pm

 

100A Raeburn Place,

Edinburgh, EH4 1HH

 

Wellington Coffee

The Southern Charmer

Hidden under Penhaligon's perfumery on George Street, Wellington Coffee provides an intimate atmosphere intertwined with rich Southern Hemisphere tones, creating a cosy coffee spot with a lot of character. 

Opened in 2008, this secret spot stems from a family of Edinburgh coffee houses owned by Jon Sharp - a barista champion who has spent a considerable number of years researching and experimenting with coffee. These other excellent local favourites to visit include Kilimanjaro, Project Coffee, Press and Blackwood. 

If a much needed espresso is required, duck down into the corner of Wellington Coffee and escape the busy George Street hustle and bustle. 

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Location and Opening Times

Mon: Fri : 7am - 6pm

Sat: 8am - 6pm

Sun : 9am - 6pm

 

33A George Street,

Edinburgh, EH2 2HN

 

Fortitude Coffee

The new kid in town

Recently opened in February 2020, Fortitude Coffee in Stockbridge is a family friendly coffee house that’s opened its door to dogs - a welcome relief for all pet owners in Edinburgh.

Opening up their first store at York Place in 2014, this coffee spot has become a much loved favourite amongst Edinburgh city regulars, allowing these coffee experts to expand into another beautiful area of the city. 

They also supply incredible vegan and gluten free cakes from local bakeries situated around the city, as well as a range of soups and sandwiches to accompany that perfect blend. 

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Location and Opening Times

Mon: Fri : 8am - 5pm

Sat: 9am - 5pm

Sun : 10am - 5pm

 

3C York Place,

Edinburgh, EH1 3EB

 

66 Hamilton Place,

Edinburgh, EH3 5AZ

 

Lowdown Coffee

The Artsy Type

Another George Street wonder, Lowdown Coffee brings a minimal and simplistic touch to this round up of coffee lovers places to try. With its simple attention to detail, teamed up with incredible cakes and sweet treats, this basement spot is a perfect place to meet a client or grab a coffee on the go. 

Not only do they serve up a spectacular cup of joe, they also create exceptional hot chocolate recipes and chai lattes, allowing the non coffee drinkers of the world to enjoy a visit.

Another perfect spot to drop into whilst exploring the busy central streets of Edinburgh.

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Location and Opening Times

Mon: Fri : 8am - 6pm

Sat: 9am - 6pm

Sun : 10am - 6pm

 

40 George Street,

Edinburgh, EH2 2LE

 

Best coffee in Edinburgh round up 

So there you have it a selection of the best coffee shops Edinburgh has to offer. 

Over the last few years, Edinburgh’s coffee  shop landscape has evolved from a wealth of chain cafés to a robust collection of artisan coffeehouses.

In 2020, the coffee community in Edinburgh is full of independent roasters and local bakers with unique menus around town to devour.

These coffee shops have plenty of cozy spaces to relax, brunch, and breeze through a working day. 

Whether you're in search of a bold espresso to-go, a coconut mocha to savour alone, or a curious flat white to meet a client, we hope you found your next coffee shop to hit up on our list of the best coffee shops in Edinburgh.

Let us know if you visit any of these amazing local businesses soon and if we have missed your favourite cafe to grab a coffee then let us know in the comments.