Edinburgh is dominated by the big coffee chains – Starbucks, Costa, Nero. It’s boring. There are a few great coffee companies like Wellington Coffee and Artisan Roast. They’re good places to grab a perfect flat white, chat with the friendly baristas and go on your way with a little more pep in your step. I love Wellington’s coffee – it’s delicious and the staff is so friendly and really knowledgable when it comes to explaining what you’re drinking. But it isn’t a great place to hang out as it’s tiny. On a sunny day you can grab a seat outside and it’s a great place to watch Edinburgh rush by. The problem comes when you just want to hang out in a coffee shop that isn’t highly branded and generic feeling.
Well, that is changing. I’ve completely fallen for Leo’s Beanery. Some friends told us about it and I went there last week and quickly returned three times! It’s that good. Friendly service, great atmosphere, delicious food. I’ll get around to taking some pictures soon and posting them. The decor is so fun as all the furniture was handmade by the owners from salvaged church pews and yew trees. Everything I’ve had there has been perfect and the super friendly server had my drink order memorized by my second visit . How impressive is that? Just so you know – it’s not that fussy, just a cappuccino without chocolate on top. Anyway, it’s a great place and really fills a gap in the New Town.
Today, I discovered another fun coffee shop, Frederick’s. It’s only been open for a week so it’s still pretty quiet, but the atmosphere is great. I snapped a few pictures and thought I’d share.
Isn’t it cute? My latté was delicious and I loved the bright cheerful décor. It’s located on the west side of Frederick Street between Princes and George Streets. Definitely a place where I could spend a few happy hours working. Hopefully with Leo’s and Frederick’s now firmly established in the New Town, the cafe culture will take such a hold that coffee shops will soon be extending their hours past 5PM. That would be huge progress!