3 Kiwi-Approved Edinburgh Coffee Shops

Edinburgh may not jump to mind as a capital of coffee culture, but this small big city sure can serve up enough caffeine to keep you buzzing during your visit. Here’s a quick tour around three of the best coffee houses I found on my recent long weekend in the city.

Edinburgh Press Club

Just off the Royal Mile on your way to Edinburgh’s main station is this big talking coffee club. If you like it strong, I suggest ordering a double macchiato which is what I ordered and actually turned out to be what I would consider a good strong flat white.

Website | 20-30 Cockburn Street

Brew Lab

Brew Lab

Located near the university campus, this specialty coffee bar is a favourite with Edinburgh’s student population and has that upbeat vibe. This one’s great for curling up in one of their big arm chairs or catching up with friends.

Website | 6-8 South College St

Wellington Coffee

An adorable wee coffee house sitting on the corner just below street level. Reliable and conveniently located for a break between shopping.

33A George St


Here’s a surprise extra! I know this is technically not a cafe, but their coffee was so good and service so friendly I wanted to pop it in here at the end…

Northern Edge CoffeeNorthern Edge Coffee

Parked up at the Edniburgh Farmers Market is this local coffee merchant. Ask the staff to recommend you a bean to take home and grab a hot cuppa to enjoy as you wander through the market stalls. Remember to pack your KeepCup for this one as it’s takeaway only!

Website | Edinburgh Farmers Market, Castle Terrace


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Nikki launched WorldFanFair to record and share her travel experiences. After living in London for two years, she is now back in Auckland conjuring up future adventures.

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