Starbucks is usually my dealer of choice. There is something strangely comforting about knowing that whichever Starbucks you go to, wherever in the world it is, you are always going to get the same coffee just the way you like it. My Starbucks addiction has got so bad that now when I plan my overseas holidays I always choose a hotel based on its proximity to a Starbucks. And before you ask, no there isn't a support group for my level of addiction.
However, when I'm not worshiping the Starbucks gods I do like to indulge in a little independent coffee. My boyfriend always insists that these places have more character and I'll get the added satisfaction of knowing I'm helping an independent business. I consider myself to be a bit of a coffee connoisseur nowadays, so if you don’t want to bow to the Starbucks gods but still need a caffeine fix to make it through your day, here are my top three coffees in Edinburgh.
This newly opened Portuguese bakery on Leith Walk is a true gem. Not only is it the best coffee in Edinburgh, it also serves some pretty wicked sweet treats. I can literally feel my waistline expanding just from looking at the custard, cream and chocolaty pastries. Portugal is famous for their custard tarts, and the ones served at Casa Amiga take me right back to my holiday in Lisbon. My favourite coffee on the menu is a flat white; it has the perfect ratio of coffee to milky froth. The bakery has a nice laid back feel to it and has extra downstairs seating for when it gets busy. They also stock some Portuguese soft drinks and sweets. It’s authentic, relaxed and relatively undiscovered.
Casa Amiga, 294 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5BX, www.casa-amiga.com
The Southern Cross Café
This café just off the Royal Mile is usually heaving during the festival months. It also happens to be my choice for a pre-workout caffeine hit. Their cappuccino is pretty darn good. The owner and staff are really friendly and greet everyone like long lost friends. The whole vibe of the place reminds me of café’s in Australia and they even do some sweet treats that my Dad used to make me at home.
The Southern Cross Café, 63a Cockburn St, Edinburgh, EH1 1BS, www.facebook.com/Southern-Cross-Cafe
This is a recent discovery for me, but my boyfriend describes the coffee here as ‘amazing’ which is pretty big praise from him. It’s always busy, no matter what time of day or what month you go. Its close proximity to the University means that it’s often filled with students and artsy types. The rustic vibe makes it feel like the kind of place where brilliant novels could be written. They can do no wrong when it comes to coffee, it’s all good and well worth the trip to the Old Town.
Kilimanjaro Coffee, 104 Nicholson St, Edinburgh, EH8 9EJ
If you want to help a coffee addict out and can recommend some new places for me to try, leave a comment below. xo