Since moving to Edinburgh, I have tried to make a conscious effort to buy from independent shops wherever I can. I think there is something lovely about supporting a family-run or indie company, who possibly need your custom the most. You don’t have to look far in Edinburgh to find independent shops, markets, boutiques and cafes- and often you can feel real gems that you simple can’t get in huge corporate companies. Here are a few of my top recommendations to suit the coffee drinker, interior home shopper and art fanatic.
Indie coffee shops
I actually think I could write an entire post just about coffee shops in Edinburgh- there are so many amazing ones and still so many I want to try out. At the moment however, I would say these are possibly my top three:
Situated on George Street, this little coffee shop has some of the best coffee and hot chocolates around. It has a lovely outdoor space too and a tasty selection of cakes. Small and quaint, it’s the perfect stop after a morning of exploring Edinburgh.
Located in beautiful Stockbridge, this cafe has been around for over 20 years. It specialises in delicious pastries, cakes and espresso coffee. They are dog friendly and offer a bowl of water and biscuits on the house! Slightly more spacious than Wellington coffee, this patisserie is ideal for getting a bit of work done over a spot of lunch. It’s also a good place to go after popping along to the Stockbridge market on a Sunday- one of the best markets I’ve come across, selling fresh fruit, veg, meat, sweat treats, clothes and art.
This coffee shop is also located in George Street. Bright and spacious, Burr and Co is a lovely place to stop by with friends but also a good place to warm up with a book or get on with some work. They offer a wide range of coffees but also serve tea, juices and soft drinks, cakes and pastries, sandwiches and salads to take away or eat in. They have sockets to re-charge laptops and free Wi-Fi.
Other indie coffee shops that have caught my eye but I’m yet to try include:
Lovecrumbs – a bustling cafe in Edinburgh’s West Port- the cakes always look delicious in their window display!
Cairngorm Coffee – again is reputed to have excellent cakes and coffee.
Not exactly a coffee shop but on the list:
The little green van at Portobello Beach- the perfect stop after a windy beach walk.
Indie ‘home’ shops
Again, there are so many incredible independent shops in Edinburgh that it makes it so hard just to choose a couple. Here are some of my top picks at the moment:
Located in London Street, this is a gorgeous little home-ware shop- stocked with soft furnishings, kitchen ware, stationary and much more. Well worth popping in, even if it’s just for home inspiration!
Situated in Cockburn Street, this is a very recent discovery of mine but I am completely hooked. They have some lovely art pieces- some of them literature themed, I have my eye on a William Shakespeare Tempest piece that’s in a beautiful blue shade. They also have amazing plant pots, throws, cushions and kitchen ware.
I absolutely love this shop. Whilst it’s fairly small, it is packed full of treasures and features some of the work of my favourite artists of the moment, including And Smile and Charlotte Farmer. Perfect if you’re looking for some prints to brighten up your home!
I could easily go on and list many more indie companies but here seems a good place to stop for now. Where are your favourite coffee and home-ware shops in Edinburgh? I’d love to hear from you! Stay tuned for an upcoming post of indie Edinburgh bookshops.