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5 Best Edinburgh Coffee Shops

These are our top picks for your morning (or afternoon) caffeine fix in the beautiful medieval city of Edinburgh, Scotland.

5 Best Edinburgh Coffee Shops | The Alternative Atlas

1) Cafe Marlayne

We visited this Leith Walk coffee shop multiple times; it is a great hangout spot with free wifi and a perfect place to get some work done.  The coffee is delicious and they specialize in french vegetarian bistro dishes.  Make sure to check out the unique assortment of hot teas, like the dandelion/thistle blend that Jaime is holding here!  76 Thistle St, Newtown, Edinburgh EH2 1EN.

5 Best Edinburgh Coffee Shops | The Alternative Atlas

2) Garden Y Cafe

A charming little place which sits south of the Meadows and Old Town, the setting is picturesque.  I know what you’re thinking and yes, the spoon is a little heart!  1hy, 27A Marchmont Rd, Edinburgh EH9 1HY

5 Best Edinburgh Coffee Shops | The Alternative Atlas

3) Filament Coffee

Lets talk about this green juice for a minute.  Filament has great coffee and the interior looks like it could be gallery in Chelsea, but seriously check out this green juice!  Drink this when you need to balance out the five cups of coffee that you’ve already drank today… wait… am I the only one who has this problem?  If you find yourself exploring east of the University make sure to stop by this uber-hip specialty coffee shop and feel way cooler than you actually are.  38 Clerk St, Edinburgh EH8 9HX

5 Best Edinburgh Coffee Shops | The Alternative Atlas

4) Northern Edge Coffee

We stumbled upon this little tent at the Sunday Farmers Market on the Castle’s South Lawn and ordered a latte.  Definitely say yes if the barista offers you the special milk.  Wow that last sentence could be made into a seriously dirty joke…

5 Best Edinburgh Coffee Shops | The Alternative Atlas

5) La Cerise

Now that we’re done talking about special milk, lets talk about La Cerise!  This patisserie is located close to the Ocean Terminal and also has tasty treats and small plates.  The interior (and exterior) is magical and looks like a place that Madeline would drink coffee.  Did I mention they make their own ice cream?!  199-201 Great Jct St, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH6 5LQ


  1. Mamasita says

    For your next trick, please show something that does NOT make me hungry or envious. Because so far: YUM and WOW.


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