Cafes in Edinburgh: Top spots for a leisurely hangout
Arguably the most popular cafe in Edinburgh, The Elephant House draws curious Harry Potter fans far and wide to its location on George IV Bridge in the Old Town to see where all the magic began. From the back room at this Edinburgh cafe, author J.K. Rowling penned her first novels, which went on to become one of the world’s bestselling series. Situated close to Edinburgh University, The Birchwood constantly buzzes with students and Marchmont residents eager for a taste of the homemade starters, mains and desserts – making it one of the best cafes in Edinburgh to people-watch and while away the afternoon. And since Edinburgh averages 191 wet days in a year, you’ll want to keep a cafe in mind should the rain put a dent in your plans. For that, Lovecrumbs provides a lovely respite at the edge of the Old Town with quaint interiors that feature vintage, upcycled furniture and a dizzying variety of scrumptious cakes and other goodies fresh from the oven. Spoil yourself silly with treats like salty peanut butter chocolate tart, chocolate and rosemary cake and vegan brownies, to name a few. This Edinburgh cafe is a local institution for baked delights and one visit here is never enough.