Exploring the picturesque Old Town, walking around the castle and following The Royal Mile down to Holyrood Palace can be exhausting. Shopping on Princes Street is thirsty work. Zooming around from show to show through the festival bustle necessitates the odd break. Thankfully there is a veritable multitude of Edinburgh cafes where you can recharge those batteries with a tasty treat and quench your thirst.
If you are on the hunt for a really great cup of coffee, expertly prepared by skilled baristas then you'll head for Artisan Roast. If you want something more substantial to keep you going then the options are endless from the wonderful Union of Genius to the ever popular Elephant House on George IV Bridge. If it's cakes that you crave then Love Crumbs will satisfy your appetite.
Wherever you happen to be in Edinburgh, a great cafe is never far away. Take a load off, find a comfy couch, regroup and plan the rest of your day with a snack and a brew. If the weather is good then grab your sandwiches and coffee to go, there are plenty of great outdoor spaces to sit and watch the world go by.
The ever present chains litter the main streets but with a little spirit of adventure you can uncover tea rooms and coffee shops with real character and atmosphere. Don't settle for what you know, try out some of the cafes on our list for a real taste of Edinburgh cafe culture.