Edinburgh is filled with ancient ruins, museums, hills, castles, restaurants, pubs, and more. There is so much to see in this old city that you could explore for a month without having even a glance at everything Edinburgh has to offer. With so much to do, you’re going to need some caffeine to help sustain your energy through your visit. We have gathered a list of the best coffee shops around the city so you’ll be able to enjoy your Edinburgh visit without falling asleep on your feet.
Four years in the making, this intensely thought-out café produces some of the best cups of coffee around, at least according to the locals. The hip atmosphere is a mixture of students wanting caffeine and wifi and locals wanting a place to mingle, plus tourists wanting a good cup of joe. Be warned, though, the love of coffee and the science behind the brewing process is seen and felt as soon as you walk through the door, and it may be hard to exit!
Circle Coffee Shop
If you are wanting a full service coffee shop, food and all, the Circle Coffee Shop is the top choice. A relaxing atmosphere, perfect after a few hours walking around the city, welcomes you as you walk through the door. The location of the coffee shop is central and it’s a good place to start your search for a hotel in Edinburgh if you’re fresh off the train or bus.
Pep and Fodder
With a cool name like Pep and Fodder, you know the coffee must be pretty special too. This takeaway café and coffee venture is mostly frequented by local business people, meaning you’ll get more of a local experience. The Edinburgh hop on hop off bus will bring you close to this and all the other shops on our list, in addition to dropping you off at the major tourist attractions of the city.
This tea and coffee house is one of the best in the city. It’s had many famous patrons, including J.K. Rowling, who used to sit in the back room overlooking Edinburgh Castle while writing many of her early novels. It’s a great place to visit if you want to be inspired.
If you’ve got a serious sweet tooth along with your need for caffeine, look no farther than Lovecrumbs. As you bite into one of the salty peanut butter chocolate tarts or the fragrant violet and blueberry cakes, you’ll be transported to a heaven only sugar can bring on. Don’t be surprised if you end up coming here multiple times during your Edinburgh trip–they’re that good. A cup of coffee or even hot chocolate is exactly what the doctor ordered to wash all those sweet morsels down.
Peokoe Tea Shop
Not everyone likes coffee, so we’ve added a tea shop to this list to make sure you tea lovers have some delectable options as well. The tea bar is staffed by tea experts and they’ll help you find the perfect blend to delight your taste buds for hours to come.