Café No 9 - New Edinburgh café off Leith Walk steps out usual gay hub

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  • 30 November 2010
Café No 9 - New Edinburgh café off Leith Walk steps out usual gay hub

‘I think people are a bit sick of big chains and their coffee is a bit rubbish sometimes too . . .’

For a new LGBT café owner in Edinburgh, straying away from the pink-tinged pavements of Broughton Street may be a bold move, but one which Innes Drummond believes is necessary.

Drummond’s venture Café No 9 recently opened in Croall Place off Leith Walk. Having previously run a guesthouse with her partner for ten years, she saw a gap in the market for a new fuel stop outwith Edinburgh’s usual gay hub.

‘Blue Moon and all those places have been on Broughton Street for what feels like forever,’ she says. ‘I lived around there for years but it’s nice to have something in Leith for a change.’

The café, which opened just over a month ago, is already starting to attract a healthy clientele due to its wholesome menu and relaxed vibe, with an array of homely breakfasts, lunches and a No 9 fish special on offer every day. Avoiding the hipster clichés (note to Ilene Chakin, creator of The L Word’s café queen Kit Porter: your fictional lez-caf was nice, but it would take more than rice cakes and luke warm mochas to keep [lead actress] Katherine Moennig going in real life, I should coco), Drummond’s bright and welcoming café is more comfy chic than corporate coffee joint.

‘What we’re doing is a bit more personal than chain places,’ says Drummond, who has lived in Leith for 15 years. ‘I think people are a bit sick of big chains and their coffee is a bit rubbish sometimes too …’

With word of mouth fast putting Café No 9 on the local grub map, Drummond is still keen not to get typecast.

‘It’s not just a “gay” café – we want it to be somewhere for people in Leith to be able to come and feel at home. It’s a real mixed bag.’

Maybe time to wander off the beaten Broughton track …

Café No 9 is open Mon–Fri 8am–4pm; Sat/Sun 9am–5pm.


1. Leithian1 Dec 2010, 5:30pm Report

Café No 9 is just brilliant. The food is great - superb cooked breakfast - and the staff are friendly. Atmosphere is nice and relaxed without being pretentious. It's a very welcome edition to Leith Walk.

2. PSeaGull6 Dec 2010, 1:21pm Report

We love Cafe No 9. Friendly and welcoming with warm, wholesome food and great coffee. Who could ask for more?! Oh, and husband and I don't fall into the LGBT category. It's just a great place to eat, drink and watch Leith go by.

3. Scotty20 Feb 2011, 9:53pm Report

Top spot for a light bite and a chat with the lovely ladies. The space is bright, clean and very relaxing. Ill be back soon. :)

4. cheeky paddy20 Feb 2011, 10:05pm Report

Since it opened on the site of the former Polish cafe, this cafe has been my regular for coffee on the way to work each day and i treat myself to lunch there 2-3 times a week. The 2 girls that work there are so welcoming and happy and interested in you.

Im noy gay either, they dont want to be a gay cafe, they want to be a local neighbourhood cafe and thats what they are doing. Vote for them on the list for best soup and sandwich place. If they dont have it, they will get it. Innes and Fiona who work there rock.

5. Kazza22 Feb 2011, 10:19pm Report

Carrot cake.......mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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