Where I ate in Edinburgh: August 2019

Edinburgh, UK

Hello again! In case you haven't seen my previous posts, the idea behind the series is to document my Edinburgh food explorations - both as a way to document my memories and as a (hopefully) useful resource for those looking for somewhere new to eat. I really enjoyed sharing this series but it was paused for a few months as my book was an all-consuming project so I thought it'd be fun to re-start it as I realised the first blog of this series was posted last August!  This list doesn't cover everywhere I ate this month but simply the places I have enjoyed and would recommend. So, without further ado, here's where I ate in Edinburgh - August 2019!

Where I ate in Edinburgh: August 2019


1. Grow Urban / 92 Grove Street

  • Area: Fountainbridge 
Calling all the crazy plant ladies and gents out there, if you're in Edinburgh, you need to get yourselves along to Grow Urban! The store is part plant shop, part coffee shop and a fantastic new addition to the Fountainbridge area. I'd popped in for a quick browse previously but last month I had the chance to sit in for tea, cake, and catch up with a close friend and fellow Instagrammer @edienthusiast! We managed to nab their window seat and thoroughly enjoyed being surrounded by plants of all shapes and sizes.

2. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art: Modern Two / 75 Belford Road

  • Area: West End
In my opinion, the National Galleries of Scotland has some of the loveliest cafes in Edinburgh - no matter which one you visit! I was kindly gifted tickets to the "Cut & Paste" exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art: Modern Two and afterward my friend and I decided to treat ourselves to lunch in their cafe. I'm particularly fond of the Modern Two cafe (although this is merely a matter of taste as my friend prefers Modern One's cafe), as it has a light and airy feel to it while maintaining various period features. However, there's little chance of you forgetting you're in a modern art gallery as Paolozzi’s Vulcan sculpture towers over you as you dine. With regards to food, we both had their soup of the day, which was simply scrumptious, and I also had one of their cheese scones.

3. Espresso Contini / 10-14 Victoria Street

  • Area: New Town
Espresso Contini is a brand new addition to Edinburgh, so new in fact that I didn't know it existed and ended up trying to use my voucher for tea and cake in Contini's Princes Street Gardens branch. Thankfully, I presented the voucher before I sat down and was politely pointed in the right direction. I discovered Espresso Contini at the front entrance of the National Galleries of Scotland on the Mound - in a space once used as their gift shop. I was very impressed with the little space they've created and the selection of cakes on offer! I may have been gifted tea and cake this time but I'll definitely be back. (*Gifted)

4. Gannet & Guga / 10-14 Victoria Street

  •  Area: Old Town
If you've been following my Edinburgh explorations for a while you may have heard me sing Gannet & Guga's praise before. For me, this little cafe, which is hidden away in one of the Market Street Arches, ticks all the boxes; friendly staff, creative dishes, quality ingredients, dog-friendly, and not to mention their beautiful origami ceiling. I thought I'd be adventurous after seeing a post they shared on their Instagram a couple of weeks prior but at the last minute I chickened out and got my favourite veghog on focaccia bread - it didn't disappoint!

5. Cafe Braw / 54 Belford Road

  •  Area: Dean Village
I've always thought it would be lovely to have a cafe in Dean Village and the same thought came to me again the other day while on a walk with Claire and Sally (@Scotlandwithfluffywolf) from Stockbridge via the Water of Leith walkway. Thankfully the weather was fair and we spotted a empty table outside Cafe Braw and decided we'd give it a try. It was a lovely surprise! Not only did they have a range of home baked goods, hot drinks, and welcomed dogs, but the owner also mentioned that all the plates, cutlery, and cups are decomposable.  

I still think a cafe with more indoor seating would be a wonderful addition to Dean Village but Cafe Braw is a wonderful place to visit on a fair day (so you can sit outside) or if you're looking for a coffee or snack to-go!

See you in September!

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