Since I have arrived in Edinburgh I have been on a bit of a mission. This mission doesn't really have an end goal however. The aim is just to find decent cafes around Edinburgh. Someone give me a good flat white!
At first glance I was put off by the abundance of Costas and Neros and I thought I was going to have to put up with crap coffee and no decent atmosphere for 2 years. Having just spent the last year in Australia discovering awesome alternative independent cafes with my Mum, and living in Wellington before that, this was not a happy prospect. Even Palmerston North and Feilding don't disappoint on that front.
Having lived in Wellington for 5 years seems to have spoiled me. I was used to being able to walk out my front door and into a quirky unique cafe or bar in less than 10 minutes. The Gold Coast was surprisingly able to continue to deliver a number of independent places delivering decent coffee and food, my most favourite with a hippy or retro vibe, although usually it meant a small drive to get there.
Luckily, once I started looking, I was able to find some gems in Edinburgh. Unfortunately I haven't tried too many yet as I've been a bit short of money, and tend to frequent favourites when I know I won't be disappointed, but I have managed a fair few, with more to come!
Here's a few favourites...
Tea and a brownie at The Leaf & Bean, Morningside.
The Treehouse Cafe, Leven Street. Boasts "The best flat whites this side of Sydney" outside...and they might be right!
|Excellent Flat White, and a decent size! Something hard to find here for some reason.|
|Hummus, sundried tomato and olive sandwich with salads of the day...delicious!|
Wellington Coffee, George Street. An obvious favourite! They also do a special order of a flat white in a large cup for me, which isn't on the menu.
|Kind of addicted to a flat white and scone....|
Blackwood Coffee, Morningside. Just around the corner from my house so my closest decent coffee! I want to try their food sometime soon as it looks really good.
|Growing scone addiction...|
Artisan Roast, Bruntsfield. A number of cafes around Edinburgh seem to use Artisan Roast Coffee. This place takes the name as well, and serves a range of coffees in a number of different ways.
|Plunger Coffee at Artisan Roast|
Eteaket, Frederick Street. I went here on recommendation from a friend, and will have to go back with someone to try the Afternoon Tea. I has delicious Assam Tea and a lemon and poppyseed cake.
Will post more favourites as I come across them!