Best Coffee Shops and Tea Rooms in Edinburgh

Edinburgh has many tea and coffee houses where you can enjoy a snacks and coffee apart from fruit smoothies and the like. The Elephant House is one of the best tea and coffee houses in Edinburgh, which has played host to many famous personalities like J.K. Rowling, who wrote many of her early novels from its back room with a view. Browse our list of the tea and coffee houses of Edinburgh for more information.


Black Medicine Coffee Shop

A legendary name in Edinburgh caffeine scene, Black Medicine Coffee Shop is well known for emphasis on fresh food and fabulous coffee. The natural wood seating and the large windows add up to its classic charm.

circle coffee shop

Circle Cafe serves fresh and seasonal menu at attractive rates. Comfortable, informal and contemporary space worth checking out.

Clarinda's Tearoom

A great place to grab fresh pastries and refreshments in the Canongate. Located close to the palace, it can be quite crowded mostly . The diners need to adhere to the rules.

Common Grounds

A lively place with lots of character and humour, Common grounds offers a wide selection of teas, strong coffees and snacks. The speciality of the house being the 'Keith Richards'coffee.

Elephant House

The Elephant House is one of the best tea and coffee houses in Edinburgh. Its clientèle includes many famous personalities like J.K. Rowling, who chose the back room with the best views of the Edinburgh castle to write many of her early novels.

Elephants & Bagels

Located in the heart of historic Edinburgh, Elephants& bagels offers a range of healthy snack options including their specialty of generously filled bagels. The drawings of elephants of all possible sizes made by the customers don the interiors of this coffee shop.

Fruitmarket Cafe

The Fruitmarket Gallery Café offers fresh and sumptuous specials including salads, noodles , curries, bakes and many more. A small cafe attached to the fruitmarket art gallery, it will also give you an opportunity to enjoy the best artistic creations on display as well.

Gallery Of Modern Art Cafe

Located at the Gallery of Modern Art,this cafe offers one of the best alfresco dining experiences in the city. The terrace overlooking the sculpture garden, makes a great spot for a cup of piping hot coffee. A local favourite for the regulars, it is part of the itineraries of Edinburgh tours for many!

Made in France

A cute little deli, tucked away on Lochrin Place, serving tasty and strong coffee with a selection of tarts, cakes and pastries to go with it. Lively milieu and decor.

Maison Hector

Situated at the trendy Stockbridge, Hector's is an eclectic mix of upbeat city pub and warm, friendly village local.A great place to spend a lazy evening with your friends or to take a break after a hectic day at work. Good seasonal menu and pub food on offer.

Pekoe Tea Shop

Come and visit us at our Edinburgh tea shop. You can browse our range of teas, coffees and accessories and enjoy an expertly made tea or coffee at our tea bar.  Our expert staff are always on hand to answer any tea or coffee related questions and guide you through our extensive selection of products.

Police Box Coffee Bar

A police box that has been converted into a coffee bar has become a popular choice among the coffee and the loving populace of this city of Edinburgh.

The Cairn

Enjoy a wide selection of culinary delights in this cafe with a heady Scottish character. A great place for a quick grub while you are on the move

The Forest

Housed in a heritage building that dates back to 1899, The forest serves locally produced organic food, vegan food and Fairtrade drinks. Free Wi-Fi and public computer terminals are provided.

The Queen Street Café

The best scones and caramel shortcake in town, not to mention excellent value snacks and light meals, served in grand surroundings. No smoking.