Top Choice Cafe in New Town

Urban Angel

A wholesome deli that puts the emphasis on fair-trade, organic and locally sourced produce, Urban Angel is also a delightfully informal cafe-bistro that serves all-day brunch (porridge with honey, French toast, eggs…
Top Choice Cafe in Old Town


This nostalgia-fuelled cafe serves up classic British comfort food that wouldn't look out of place on a 1950s menu – bacon and eggs, bangers and mash, shepherd's pie, fish and chips. But there's a twist – the food i…
Top Choice Cafe in South Edinburgh

Loudon's Café & Bakery

A cafe that bakes its own organic bread and cakes on the premises, ethically sourced coffee, daily and weekend newspapers scattered about, even some outdoor tables – what's not to like? All-day brunch (8am to 3pm) s…
Top Choice Cafe in Old Town

Brew Lab

Students with iPads lolling in armchairs, sipping carefully crafted espressos amid artfully distressed brick and plaster, recycled school gym flooring, old workshop benches and lab stools... this is coffee nerd heav…
Cafe in Leith

Café Truva

A firm favourite with local Leithers, Truva combines a standard cafe menu of breakfast fry-ups, coffee, soups and sandwiches with a tempting array of Turkish specialities, from roast aubergines and tomatoes to hummu…
Cafe in Old Town

Elephant House

This is the cafe where JK Rowling famously wrote in the days before Harry Potter was published, and boy, is it cashing in on the connection – there are photos of Rowling on the wall, the toilet walls are densely scr…
Cafe in New Town

Glass & Thompson

Grab a table in this spick-and-span deli and sip a double espresso as you ogle the cheeses in the cold counter or watch New Town life go by through the floor-to-ceiling windows (the cafe is featured in the novels of…
Cafe in West End & Dean Village

Cafe Modern Two

This elegant cafe is dominated by a gleaming Victoria Arduino espresso machine and a plaster model of Eduardo Paolozzi’s statue of Isaac Newton. As well as tempting coffee and cake, the lunch menu (noon to 2.30pm) o…
Cafe in Old Town

Tea Rooms at Edinburgh Castle

The cafe in Edinburgh Castle serves good lunches made with fresh Scottish produce, and range of Scottish craft beers.
Cafe in West End & Dean Village

Cafe Modern One

Modern design is to be expected in the cafe at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, but more of a surprise is the lovely outdoor seating area, a lunchtime suntrap complete with lawn for the kids to run aroun…