Edinburgh so much happening this festive period, with skating, rides, and light shows to just name a few. With all the time you’ll be spending outside, what’s better than warming your hands on a delicious tea or coffee? Relax, recharge, and enjoy the food and beverages on offer in these delightful Edinburgh cafes.


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The Milkman, Toddle In, 7 Cockburn St, Edinburgh EH1 1BP
On the historic and iconic Cockburn Street just of off the Royal Mile lies The Milkman café. With exposed stone walls, this coffee shop is the epitome of Edinburgh, radiating the past while embracing the present. Using the windows as cosy seating areas, soft lighting, and terrific coffee, this is the perfect place to warm up while enjoying the city centre this winter. Be aware that this popular coffee shop does not have public toilets but boasts an incredible menu of hot beverages to warm your hands during the winter. Why not treat yourself after your Christmas shopping and festive skating with a coffee and cake from this niche nook.

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Toast 65 The Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6RA
The Shore in Leith is known for it’s eateries, pubs, and quaint coffee shops, perfect for a quiet morning as the winter sun rises over the city. Toast is just such a coffee shop, with a delicious breakfast to suit any taste. Breakfast classics are abundant in this warm and welcoming coffee shop complete with pastries, homemade granola, and toast benedict among other delicacies such as shakshuka, a vegetarian breakfast stew to heartily start your winter morning. With passionate foodie staff, and a wonderfully refreshing location opposite the water of Leith, this coffee shop is a must for those seeking to start their winter days with a warming coffee.

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eteaket Tea Room, 41 Frederick St, Edinburgh EH2 1EP

If you like tea, look no further. At eteaket, with tonnes of tea options on the table there’s something for every taste, and even tea cocktails for those who want a little festive tipple. For the coffee drinkers out there, not to worry, eteaket also does your favourite coffee creations to start your day. Breakfast is served until midday, with all the warm and cold options to start your dark winter morning right in Edinburgh. French toast, bacon rolls, porridge and other options grace this morning menu before the many delectable lunchtime choices kick in. Feeling fancy? Why not try an Afternoon Tea option for those who need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

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Urban Angel 121 Hanover St, Edinburgh EH2 1DJ

This coffee shop is tucked away in the basement of a traditional old Edinburgh building on Hanover Street. With wooden floors, and still featuring traditional kitchen stove and fireplace, although now unused, this café brings the charm of old Edinburgh together with a relaxed environment and delicious food. Pots of tea come with an hourglass to time your tea to perfection, and there is food for a variety of tastes and appetites. Smoothie bowls, French toast, and all the add ons your Scottish breakfast desires are available at this spot, enjoy their breakfast and brunch all day. Lunch options are available from 12pm and features kitchen or deli options. Top off your meal with a treat, as cakes and desserts are also available. Be wary, however, this popular spot does not take bookings over the weekend, so my tip would be to turn up a slightly earlier than planned, pop your name on the waiting list and enjoy a walk around the George Street shops, or the adorably cobbled Thistle Street in the meantime.


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