3 favourite coffee spots in Edinburgh

If you need a study break, a place to have a chat with a friend or just a warm cup of coffee on a rainy Winters day, here are three cosy coffee spots to try in Edinburgh!

  1. Victor Hugo DeliVictor Hugo coffee Edinburgh

Location: 26/29 Melville Terrace, Edinburgh EH9 1LP

Victor Hugo Deli sells a variety of food and drink from around Europe. Located on the opposite side of the Meadows from the University, it is the perfect spot for a quick cuppa in between lectures or a great start to your day!

The exterior is a red painted building and usually the smells of baked goods will guide you towards it. The interior is cosy and it is also dog friendly!

The food – Victor Hugo has a wide range of breakfasts and lunches including pastries, brownies, gluten free options, vegan treats, rolls, quiches and platters.

The coffee – above is a photo of a tasty cappuccino I enjoyed on a cold winters morning in February.

2.  Artisan Roast

Artisan coffee Edinburgh

Locations: 57 Broughton Street, Bruntsfield & Stockbridge Edinburgh

Approaching Artisan Roast you will notice an engraved wooden sign, and a trendy black and red design style. The inside consists of a front room and a cosy back room with a big window letting in lots of light. The café prides itself with the claim that “JK Rowling never wrote here”!

Artisan Roast is widely claimed to be one of the best places for coffee in Edinburgh, and the beans are used in many cafes in the city. They have a tasting ‘lab’ in Canonmills and a roastery in Prestonfield, which blend and package the beans that are harvested from plantations around the world, and are sold and served in their cafes.

The food – they have pastries and some light lunches as well as hot chocolate spiced with Aztec chilli or rose!

The coffee – certainly lives up to its reputation. It was a brilliant cup of coffee!

3. Red Kite Cafe

Red Kite Cafe Edinburgh

Location: 7-8 Cadzow Place, EH7 5SN, Edinburgh

Red Kite café has a large interior with lots of seating and desk space making it a great spot to do some studying and work on assignments. More than that, the grey and red exterior will draw you in to this trendy café. The interior also has an interesting stretch of “raw” brick wall and a tasty display of treats.

The food – a lovely variety of food including vegan chocolate squares, unusual combinations such as a lemon and pistachio polenta cake,  gluten-free pistachio shortbread, scones, breakfasts and tasty lunches.

The coffee – very strong cappuccino with perfect foam.

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Natasha Ashley

Natasha Lynne Ashley

Natasha is South African and a recipient of the prestigious Skye Scholarship. She is a current MSc International Business and Emerging Markets student at UEBS and a member of the University of Edinburgh Hare and Hounds Running Club. She loves exercise, food and travelling.