So without further ado, here are my Top 10 coffees in Edinburgh (in no particular order because I don't want to start a riot).
The cheeky chaps at Filament Coffee won me over the second I stepped through the door with their great banter, relaxed atmosphere and of course the ace coffee. They also served my coffee with a spoon with a map of Australia at the top which is just awesome seeing as though I am Australian and feeling a little homesick at the moment.
38 Clerk Street, EH8 9HX, www.filamentcoffee.com
Who knew you could get decent coffee in a department store? I didn't even know this place existed until quite recently and now it's a favourite. Located on the 2nd floor within Jenners Department store, you'll find them in the Scottish Food Hall which is worth a visit in its own right.
Princes Street, EH2 2YJ, www.valvonacrolla.co.uk
God this place is cool. It's young, trendy, industrial looking and the moment you walk in you just feel like part of an elite crowd of people who know the coffee here is amazing. And as if they couldn't get any cooler, they also run training classes for home and professional baristas.... like seriously guys, can we be friends?
6-8 College Street, EH8 9AA, www.brewlabcoffee.co.uk
Always busy and always full of interesting people, Kilimanjaro Coffee is a favourite for me and my boyfriend. The coffee is great, the staff are friendly and they do some decent food too. Just perfect.
104 Nicholson Street, EH8 9EJ
What this cute little coffee shop lacks in size, it more than makes up for in the quality of their coffee. They also sell coffee beans and coffee related gifts (cough...it's my birthday soon...cough....just saying..), and I imagine its the sort of place where an author could pen a bestseller.
3C York Place, EH1 3EB, www.fortitudecoffee.com
My boyfriend and I go here so often that we are greeted like friends when we go. The owner is a rather nice chap and his baristas know their stuff. They are situated just off the Royal Mile, and I can also highly recommend their sweet treats and breakfasts.
63A Cockburn Street, EH1 1BS
Having coffee here takes me back to my all time favourite holiday I had in Lisbon a few years ago. Casa Amiga is a Portuguese Bake house on Leith Walk that also offers some pretty darn good treats if you are feeling a bit peckish. I recommend the ham and cheese croissant (not a typical croissant....it tastes savoury and sweet at the same time) or their custard tarts. It's like being in Portugal every time.
294 Leith Walk, EH6 5BX
A small coffee house on Broughton Street with fabulous coffee. There's always heaps of people there whenever I go and the layout is really unique and quirky.
57 Broughton Street, EH1 3RJ, www.artisanroast.co.uk
A favourite among locals and winner of last year's i-on Magazine awards for Best Cafe in the City Centre, Urban Angel does great coffee, food and their hot chocolate is pretty darn yummy too.
121 Hanover Street, EH2 1DJ, www.urban-angel.co.uk
Okay, so I'm not really sure if that is the correct name for this cafe as its changed hands a few times earlier this year, but its run by Saltire Hospitality and their coffee is great. On a sunny day it is the perfect accompaniment to catching some rays in the garden.
St Andrew Square, EH2 2AA