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Tom Saxon coffee writer

Tom Saxon is a coffee writer and enthusiast. He has worked in the coffee industry for over a decade all over the world.

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As a coffee enthusiast, I had always heard about the vibrant café culture in Edinburgh, and I finally had the chance to immerse myself in it.

The Scottish capital’s cobbled streets and historic charm create the perfect backdrop for a thriving coffee scene, one that I eagerly explored cup by cup.

From cozy basement nooks to airy, modern spaces, each café I visited offered a unique blend of ambiance and top-notch brews.

Best Cafes in Edinburgh

Join me as I recount the highlights of my caffeine-fueled adventure through Scotland’s enchanting capital.

If your favourite cafe in Edinburgh isn’t on the list please leave a comment below and we’ll check them out. 

1. Cairngorm Coffee

Cairngorm Coffee
  • 1 Melville Place, Edinburgh, EH3 7PR
  • Bonnie and Wild – St James Quarter, Edinburgh, EH1 3AE




During my visit to Edinburgh, I had the pleasure of stepping into the warm, inviting atmosphere of Cairngorm Coffee.

The moment I walked in, the rich aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans enveloped me, promising a delightful experience.

I remember sipping on a beautifully crafted flat white that was both juicy and sweet, clearly made by someone who cared deeply about their craft.

The minimalistic yet cozy decor made it the perfect spot to unwind after a day of exploring the city. It wasn’t just a coffee shop; it was a place where passion for quality coffee and community came together harmoniously.

2. Machina Coffee Roasters

Machina Coffee Roasters Edinburgh
  • 38 Marchmont Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1HX




From the moment I stepped through the door, Machina Coffee Roasters exuded a modern and industrial charm that was both sleek and inviting.

The baristas greeted me with genuine smiles, and their passion for coffee was evident as they meticulously prepared my order.

I remember indulging in a velvety espresso that was expertly pulled, its rich crema and complex flavours testament to their craft.

Surrounded by the hum of conversation and the clinking of coffee cups, my visit to Machina Coffee was an unforgettable part of my Edinburgh journey.

3. Fortitude Coffee

Fortitude coffee
  • 72 Newington Rd, Newington, Edinburgh EH9 1QN




During my time in Edinburgh, I had the opportunity to visit Fortitude Coffee, a gem among the city’s specialty coffee spots.

The café had a welcoming, intimate vibe that made me feel right at home. The baristas were knowledgeable and eager to share their love for coffee, guiding me through their selection of single-origin beans.

I savored a cup of their meticulously brewed filter coffee, which was delightfully aromatic and complex in flavour.

It was the kind of place where every detail was considered, from the quality of the coffee to the warm ambiance, making my experience at Fortitude Coffee a highlight of my café-hopping in Edinburgh.

4. Lowdown Coffee

  • 40 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2LE, UK




My visit to Lowdown Coffee in Edinburgh was a highlight of my coffee exploration in the city.

Tucked away in a cozy basement, this café offered a refuge from the bustling streets above.

The ambiance was modern yet intimate, with a focus on simplicity and quality that was reflected in every cup. I still remember the smooth, rich espresso that was served to me with precision and care.

The staff at Lowdown Coffee were not just baristas but true artisans, and their dedication to their craft shone through in the exceptional coffee they brewed. It was an experience that captured the essence of Edinburgh’s sophisticated coffee culture.

5. Little Fitzroy

Little Fitzroy Edinburgh
  • 46 Easter Rd, Edinburgh EH7 5PJ, UK




Stepping into Little Fitzroy Coffee was like discovering a slice of coffee heaven in the heart of Edinburgh.

This charming, independent café had an inviting, laid-back atmosphere that instantly made me feel at ease. The baristas greeted me with friendly smiles, and their passion for coffee was infectious.

I indulged in a beautifully crafted pour-over, each sip bursting with nuanced flavors that spoke to the high-quality beans and the skillful preparation.

The intimate space of Little Fitzroy Coffee, with its thoughtful touches and community vibe, made my visit there a memorable part of my Edinburgh café experience.

6. Cult Coffee

Cult Coffee Edinburgh
  • 104 Buccleuch St, Newington, Edinburgh EH8 9NG




Upon my visit to Cult Coffee Roasters in Edinburgh, I was immediately struck by the dedication to quality that permeated the space.

The café’s ambiance was both welcoming and industrious, reflecting their commitment to the craft of coffee.

I remember engaging with the baristas, who were eager to share their knowledge about the distinct profiles of their house-roasted beans.

The espresso I enjoyed was rich and nuanced, a testament to their meticulous roasting process.

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