Imagine finding a cafe with food so good you could eat for the rest of your life. While the notion of eating in one particular place for the rest of your life might seem unsettling for some, great food still deserves a mention and, perhaps, a visit. So we asked our readers which cafes they could eat in for the rest of their life, and this is what we found. So, here are five best Edinburgh cafes that serve spectacular food, according to you.
163-165 Morningside Road
This locally sourced Morningside cafe has an extensive menu and a sweet ambience. Open until 5pm, it is the perfect spot for some brunch action and catch-ups with your loved ones. Get lost in a Mediterranean Breakfast with an omelette and a feta cheese pastry paired with halloumi, vegetables and fruits, or opt for their famous homemade pancakes with fruits and maple syrup.
341 Leith Walk
This one is for the sweet tooth people. Babyfaced Baker is a place for magical baked goods that you can even order to be delivered by post. Also, they call coffee bean juice and we’re here for it. Famous for their bun-tastic creations, visitors can go for a selection of vegan mocha, sticky toffee or pistachio and cardamon buns, as well as some fresh cakes. What is even better, the bakery is all for sharing, so baking enthusiasts are welcome to try a wee recipe at home for brownies, cheesecake and more.
4 Earl Grey Street
As far as cute instagrammable cafes go, La Viola is the place to be. The cafe caters to everyone with dine-in, collection and delivery options and the amount of halloumi dishes on the menu alone is worth it. If you’re a halloumi lover too, try the Grilled Halloumi Shasulka served on toasted sourdough with honey roast veg hummus. And for those after something even more special, the Soya and Honey Chicken with asparagus and mushrooms will bring that comforting feel.
4. La Barantine
202 Bruntsfield Place
10 Bruntsfield Place
89 West Bow
27B Raeburn Place
With four branches around Edinburgh, La Barantine has become a local favourite for many over the years. As a quaint French Cafe with exquisite patisserie and macarons, it is a safe choice for anyone after a classic dessert. On top of that, all the bread is freshly baked, and a traditional French breakfast has never tasted so good. With a selection of fresh sandwiches and baguettes, guests can also opt for an indulgent afternoon tea with hot drinks accompanied by three macarons or a cake.
86 Raeburn Place
143 Great Junction Street
This independent small business is all about the sweet life. With icing to die for and perfectly balanced desserts, The Pastry Section is the place to grab scones, tarts and cakes to satisfy even the pickiest. The careful creations decorated to perfection can not only pass for a contemporary art exhibition, but they taste as good as they look.
22-24 Easter Rd, EH7 5RG
Owned by Twelve Triangles, Kitchen Table is located at the top of Easter Road. As a great wee spot for catching up with pals, or just watching the world go by. Guests can expect seriously decent cups of coffee, as well as fresh, seasonal produce, as well as non-pretentious vibe and a creative menu. The menu is abundant with creative options for small and large plates, such as the Tenderstem Broccoli Tempura with miso dressing, or the Hash Browns with fried egg, kimchi, gochujang and sesame fried summer greens. Plus, there are plenty of pastries to choose from, so visitors will be guaranteed to get a sweet fix as well.
So, these are what the people of Edinburgh thought were the best cafes in town, and the list couldn’t have been more delicious.