EDINBURGH’S CENTRAL CAFES
No doubt as you are checking out all the different things to do in Edinburgh the one thing that there are plenty of in Edinburgh are coffee shops but it’s hard to find a good one unless you know where to go there will always be moments throughout your day that you will be gasping for that real cup of coffee and a nice cake or snack in between your planned schedule. So here are a few options that are nearby to RMRE.
30-34 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2AD
0131 524 8388
This establishment couldn’t be more central if you are out shopping and really need that refreshing shot of caffeine, you can take a lift all the way to the top. It is a bright fairly large cafe / Restaurant and has a great view from the top, there is a balcony to sit on when it is a nice sunny day or you can sit inside and take in the view. They have a small choice of snacks and fancy cakes but I have to say a rather limited breakfast / bar menu, you might even consider it for a lunch or cocktails if the budget allows, it has that decadent feel with plenty waiters on hand rushing to you’re every need, so if you want to spoil yourselves this is the place to go and on your way down you can peruse the several floors of fashion if you have the time.
15, BlackFriars Street EH1 1NB
Tel: 0131 556 6922
The Larder is a small deli cafe in Blackfriars Street is extremely central and a great place for a hangover breakfast, they also do a reasonable coffee as well. It has been recommended by the List Food and Drinks guide.
With a large variety of snacks and food bought from local Scottish suppliers, there food is beautifully cooked with care and love, but is definitely designed more for your meat eater than a vegetarian. The cafe is run by a very friendly bunch of people who are always very welcoming and have organic principles. There is good selection of salads, meats and sandwiches and opens early morning for that hungry tourist or Stag and Hen party.
Quartermile, 27 Simpson Loan, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH3 9GG
Tel: 0131 228 5876
This thriving cafe is located as you walk through the meadows, it is run by a Swedish company and gives you a flavour of the Swedish style of food and drinks, hot soups and cakes, it is not exactly cheap but you can get a reasonable cup of coffee and there is a choice of unusual cakes, buns and sandwiches, so good for a lunch if you don’t mind the prices.
It’s strong points are that you can sit outside on a nice day in the park away from the sound of traffic and get some well needed sunshine so there is plenty space for a large group to sit outside and in the cafe, even providing rugs for your knees on those colder sunny days while you enjoy your coffee and cakes outside.
( which means – an old fashioned family recipe of a banana cake)
89 West Bow, Edinburgh, EH1 2JP
& 202 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh EH10 4DG
0131 229 0267
Such a lovely couple who run this unique French Patisserie and also great staff, who always greet you with a cheery “bonjour”as you enter. With mouth watering cakes and macaroons that not only give you that authentic french taste but also they know how to make a great coffee. They run two small cafes in different parts of Edinburgh but the one nearest to the Recording Studio which is just newly opened, is in Victoria Street and you will not be disappointed with the selections they have to offer.
They also make on the premises quiche, salads, sandwiches, quiches, soups and cheese platters “to die for” and “pine cakes” made from old family recipes. There philosophy is quality not quantity and I must say have always been extremely satisfied with what ever I have ordered. It might not be the largest of cafes but a great place to check out for a stop off for that well needed coffee or lunch while your exploring the centre of Edinburgh.
Average price of set lunch £6.95
Opening times Daily: 7.30am–6pm.