We all know how unbearable Scottish weather can be. Therefore, it is even more valuable that  the Scottish capital offers an unlimited variety of lovely cafes where you can enjoy a hot coffee while recovering from the cold. Whether you are an espresso geek, love macchiatos, relish the chance of drinking an unusual coffee such as an Egg Coffee or a Red Tie or seek coffees with a subtle taste such as a Café Miel or a Café de Olla, you find your perfect coffee in Edinburgh's cafes!

According to some specialist magazines - such as TimeOut Edinburgh and The List - and to the opinion of locals and foreigners living in Edinburgh, I recommend the following three cafes in Edinburgh as they offer the best coffee in town:


  • Wellington coffee is highly reccomended for the wide choice of coffees. On a regular basis they introduce a new special coffee, so that you will never get tired of drinking the same type of coffee.
  • Kilimanjaro has a great choice if you are looking for a more affordable place and a young and vibrant atmosphere. This café is right in the heart of the University of Edinburgh and offers  a delicious coffee combined with a Scottish breakfast!
  • Brew Lab is a relaxed café, ideal both for students and professionals with very friendly staff specialized in coffee brewing. It offers a mix of courtesy and quality that will make you want to go back again and again!

Due to your tight schedule do you usually enjoy your coffee 'on the go'? Then you might like Camp Coffee - the world's first instant coffee. Starting in 1876 in Glasgow, this coffee is popular for its practicality, since it changed the habit of drinking coffee, introducing the concept of instant coffee. It is not an ordinary instant coffee as you can clearly recognise its peculiarity by its characteristic taste of chicory. If you want to try it, you can easily find it in any supermarket in Scotland.

Edinburgh, a city with so many festivals every year,  couldn’t miss a festival of coffee! The Scottish Coffee Festival is an unmissable event that attracts thousands of visitor every year from all over the world. Here you have the opportunity to learn how to make a good cup of coffee and discover much more about the black drink! Don't miss the next event!

If you have a smartphone, you might want to try the Edinburgh Coffee Lovers App.

In Scotland coffee, like tea, is an essential beverage. Drinking coffee is an attitude, a life style, a social occasion. It is common in Edinburgh to hear people being invited for a cup of coffee and you will often hear the expression ‘I’ll put the kettle on‘ which can be socially translated as‚ 'Let's have a chat'. As Sir James Mackintosh said:The powers of a man’s mind are directly proportional to the quantity of coffee he drank‘.

Fancy a cuppa?



Some interesting vocabulary:

espresso geek

(n) A geek is usually someone who is not cool and who has a strong interest in, spends a lot of time using and has a lot of knowledge about computers. So an espresso geek must be someone who has a strong interest in, spends a lot of time making and drinking and has a lot of knowledge about coffee. Carlo is an espresso geek. He has lots of coffee making equipment and lots of varieties of coffee in his kitchen. 


(v) to enjoy something very much. Usually a flavour or a situation/moment. He relished the moment when he got his revenge. 

subtle taste

a subtle (adj) taste (n). A gentle, delicate flavour. This wine has subtle taste of citrus fruits.


(v) To make a drink by mixing natural ingredients such as beans or leaves with hot water (tea, coffee) or by fermenting grains such as wheat (beer). Budweiser has been brewed since 1876.


(n) a plant. You can use the leaves for salads and the roots for flavouring. Chicory can be eaten raw or cooked.