The best cafes in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is one of the most unique and scenic cities in Scotland, and the entire UK at that.  If you are planning on visiting Edinburgh properly, you will probably walk your feet off, and after so much sightseeing you will most definitely want to stop at a cafe for some refreshments and snacks. There are a lot of very good coffee shops in Edinburgh, and it’s not difficult to find one, but if you want to make sure that you choose a very good one, here’s a list of the best cafes in Edinburgh.

Tea Tree Tea, Bread Street

If you want a decent cup of coffee or an extraordinary cup of tea, head to the Tea Tree Tea, a cafe which dedicated itself to the preparation of great tea. At this cafe, you can find over 20 varieties of tea which can be drunk in plain form, iced, or as chai. If you want a snack, the cafe has a very nice selection of sandwiches and soups, and if you happen to be around after 2 o’clock, you can have the afternoon tea special: sandwich, scone or cake, and a pot of tea.

Made in Italy, Grassmarket

If you like small, independent cafes that seem to do everything their own way, Made in Italy will be exactly to your taste. The cafe can best be described as cool (both inside and outside), yet very cozy and comfortable. When the weather is mild, there are tables in front of the cafe. Order the cappuccino, which is the best in the city.

Urban Angel, Hanover Street

Although Urban Angel is a chain of cafes, it is entirely unlike the impersonal and artificial looking chains found elsewhere. The cafe has a modern, chic style inside, and it serves some of the best cakes in Edinburgh. You can get tasty breakfasts at Urban Angel and some very good lattes and American coffee. If you like your coffee light, flavored and large, then this is one of the best cafes in Edinburgh for you.

The Elephant House, George IV Bridge

The Elephant House is regarded by many as the best coffee and tea shop in the city, and an inspiration for many famous writers such as JK Rowling (who wrote some chapter of Harry Potter in the back rooms of the Elephant House, overlooking Edinburgh Castle), or Ian Rankin. In addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Elephant House has a truly impressive selection of teas and coffees.


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