I’ll be the first to admit that I’m always that awkward friend standing on my chair in attempt to get the best flat lay shot of my coffee/carb-heavy plate of pasta/cake – absolutely no shame. As a student, I spent a lot of time mooching around and lugging my laptop from one coffee-stop to the next every few hours. I much preferred the ambiance of studying in a coffee house or café as opposed to the overly-crammed library in which you could literally feel everyone’s panic and anxiety in the air the moment you walk in. Also, there is an abundance of cute little places for coffee, cake, breakfast, lunch, whatever you desire and here’s my top picks, all of which are particularly Pinterest-esque (hurra!)
Eteaket, Hanover Street. The quirky tea-room with every type of tea imaginable (you can even buy your own bags of tea and coffee inside). Eteaket has a large selection of drinks, including my favourite iced latté, and a menu full of light lunch options and cake. Little word of advice – their sandwiches are 100%.
Brew Lab, Old Town. Undoubtedly the hipster of the bunch – this place is usually packed with vintage-clad, macbook-carrying students who are just naturally cool. Its a great spot if you like some background hustle and bustle whilst you work, and you don’t feel like you’re overstaying your welcome after an hour or so because there’s plenty of others working away too! However, time it right if you want a seat – this place gets busy quickly!
Papii, Hanover Street. A waffle-lover’s dream, Papii do some of the best breakfasts I’ve come across, particularly if you have a sweet tooth!
Machina Espresso, Old Town. The minimalist, with Pinterest inspired decor (yep, my idea of heaven). Not only will you get great coffee, an on-trend vibe, but your Instagrams will look fab too.
Le Petit Repas, Haymarket. Previously known as ‘Beanscene’, this café was one of my go-to during my essay writing days. It’s light, airy, and is generally pretty quiet during the day despite its closeness to the hustle and bustle of Haymarket Station. Also, they do a great £5 lunch deal that you won’t be able to resist!
Cafe Noir, West End. Which was once a stuffy old Starbucks has been transformed into a space that just feels way more luxurious and sophisticated. Give it a visit and you’ll instantly get what I mean (that flooring and dark wood details, swoon).
Obviously there’s hundreds of cute independent eateries and coffee houses in Edinburgh and I’m always seeking suggestions for places to try!