10 Coffee Shops in Edinburgh that Serve Delicious Cakes

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My sugar cravings have been out of control since moving to Edinburgh. Wherever I go, I just cannot resist the temptation to pop into a coffee shop for some cake. And if there’s one thing that Edinburgh is not short of, it’s cute, little coffee shops. I have spent the last five months exploring Edinburgh’s coffee and cake scene, and it’s finally time to share my favourite haunts with fellow sugar fiends.
So if you’re looking for coffee shops in Edinburgh that serve delicious cakes, here are ten that will appease your sweet tooth – and have you craving more cake!
1. Cuckoo’s Bakery (Dundas Street and Bruntsfield Place)
I first came across Cuckoo’s Bakery while trying to navigate my way through the New Town. What lured me in was the quaint blue and white decor, plus an empty table by the window. The first thing that caught my eye as I stepped inside was the colourful selection of cupcakes on display. This lovely tearoom is famed for its innovative, handcrafted cupcakes, and it’s evident that each is baked with love and care.
WHAT TO HAVE
Cuckoo’s Bakery is officially home to the best cupcake in Scotland. Their raspberry and white chocolate cupcake has been crowned ‘The Best Cake in Scotland’ at the Scottish Baker of the Year Awards for three years in a row. Their red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting is equally delicious!
2. The Story Café (The Royal Mile)
The Story Café is the only place in Edinburgh where I could spend the whole day stuffing my face with cake and not feel guilty about it. All profits go to a local charity, Comas, which helps disadvantaged and isolated people in the local community. Located in the Storytelling Centre, this small cafe has a warm and friendly ambiance, plus free art and photography exhibitions for visitors.
WHAT TO HAVE
Everything. There are always heaps of delicious, home made treats on the counter, including brownies, scones and
vegan cakes.
3. Mimi’s Bakehouse (The Shore in Leith and The Royal Mile)
WHAT TO HAVE
Mimi’s red velvet brownies are just divine – you’ll probably end up having more than one (don’t say I didn’t warn you!). You should also try their delicious Oreo cupcakes and super crunchy Rocky Road cakes.
4. Wellington Coffee (George Street, New Town)
Tucked away below street level, Wellington Coffee is a hidden gem. Besides having a laidback and welcoming vibe, this tiny place also makes great coffee, and you can sit on a stool by the window, watching the world go by.
WHAT TO HAVE
I dare say Wellington’s brownies are hands-down the best in town – they’re just so tasty and fudgy. Not a fan of rich cakes? Try their scones with clotted cream and jam instead.
5. The Pantry (Circus Place, Stockbridge)
This wee café in the quiet suburb of Stockbridge is one of the best spots in Edinburgh for lunch and afternoon tea. If you want to escape the city chaos, head down to The Pantry for a refreshing drink (they serve rose lemonade!) and some freshly-baked cake.
WHAT TO HAVE
I’m not a fan of non-chocolatey cakes, but I LOVE The Pantry’s Victoria sponge cake, prepared the traditional way with whipped cream and raspberry jam.
6. The Chocolate Tree (Bruntsfield Place)
If you’re a chocolate lover, you should definitely put The Chocolate Tree on your Edinburgh itinerary. This specialist chocolate shop and café sells artisan chocolates made from bean to bar using ethically-sourced cacao from different countries, including Colombia, Peru and Madagascar. You can also find organic and fair trade chocolate bars, spreads and hot chocolate.
WHAT TO HAVE
The Chocolate Tree offers a variety of gluten free and vegan cakes, my favourite being the vegan chocolate cake topped with fresh berries and coconut flakes. They also have a wide selection of homemade ice-creams.
7. Fatty Owls (Bread Street, West End)
I am simply in love with this owl-themed coffee shop. Fatty Owls is located on one of the busiest roads in Edinburgh, but once you go inside you immediately forget about the outside world. The place is colourful and whimsical, and the sofa is adorned with cute owl cushions which you’ll want to take home with you. There’s a selection of hand crafted cupcakes to choose from, as well as delicious milkshakes and sundaes to pair with your cake (if you want to spoil yourself).
WHAT TO HAVE
Fatty Owl’s cupcakes are moist, crumbly and full of flavour, especially the chocolate honeycomb cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting and filling. The cakes are made by Davide’s, an Italian-style bakery that is introducing new dessert trends to Edinburgh’s food scene.
8. The Piecebox (Polwarth Crescent, Polwarth)
WHAT TO HAVE
The counter is laden with freshly-baked goods throughout the day. They have a range of chocolate cakes, fruit cakes and cheesecakes, and their gluten free scones come in different flavours, including strawberry, blueberry and kiwi.
9. Chapter One (Dalry Road)
If you ever find yourself in the busy (and confusing) Haymarket junction with no idea where to go for a cuppa, start walking up Dalry Road and pop into Chapter One for a well-deserved rest and a slice of cake. This corner coffee shop is the perfect mood booster – it is bright, clean and cheerful. Their coffee is sourced from local roasters, and they also stock Chocolate Tree products.
WHAT TO HAVE
If available, try their rich and crumbly chocolate stout cake (so delicious!) or the triple layer Victoria sponge cake.
10. Kilimanjaro Coffee (Nicolson Street, Old Town)
A popular hang-out among University students, Kilimanjaro Coffee is a great place to just chill with a cup of coffee and some cake. Despite being a busy coffee shop, Kilimanjaro has a very relaxing atmosphere, and the rustic furniture makes the place really cosy. Kilimanjaro’s coffee is definitely among the best I’ve had in Edinburgh so far – in fact, I’ve recently found out that the owner is an award-winning barista and also owns Wellington Coffee.
WHAT TO HAVE
Kilimanjaro does a wonderful carrot cake. This coffee shop is also known for its homemade scones (which sell out fast) and delicious chocolate tiffins.
This is not a sponsored post. I have visited the coffee shops mentioned in this post voluntarily and paid for the cakes (and many cups of coffee) myself.
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Daniela Frendo

Daniela Frendo

Hi! I'm a Maltese blogger based in Scotland. I created Grumpy Camel to help travellers connect with places through culture, history and cuisine.
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