Student Guide 2016: Best Cafés in Edinbugh and Glasgow

Student Guide 2016: Caffeine Fiends

Cairngorm Coffee

Some of the best coffee spots to get you through the semester

Forget Starbucks and Costa: whether you're recovering from the night before or simply hankering after a good cappuccino, you'll be spoilt for choice by the number of independent cafés in Edinburgh and Glasgow. We picked out the best for various occassions.

Best for Hangovers


Word of Mouth
3a Albert Street
Nestled just away from the hustle and bustle of Leith Walk, this no-frills café offers budget-friendly breakfasts and lunches, ideal for nursing an alcohol-induced headache.
Also try: Urban Angel, The Edinburgh Larder, Milk


The Rio Café
27 Hyndland Street
This unpretentious gem is a hit with the local student population, because if anything can rid you of the morning-after taste of Value Vodka, it's one of their supreme fry-ups.
Also try: The University Cafe, Cafezique, Stereo

Best for Coffee


Cairngorm Coffee
41A Frederick Street
Tucked away just off busy George Street, this quirky treasure offers some of the best coffee to be found in the capital, plus a great selection of toasties.
Also try: Wellington's, Artisan Roast, Filament


Papercup Coffee
Company, 603 Great Western Road
This popular wee coffee shop in the West End roasts only the finest beans on the market, and for those looking for a bite to eat, the French toast is particularly tasty.
Also try: Avenue Coffee, Artisan Roast, All That is Coffee

Best for Studying


Black Medicine
2 Nicolson Street
On a busy corner in the Old Town, this well-known coffee joint is perfect for people-watching and learning lecture notes outside of the library.
Also try: Kilimanjaro Coffee, Summerhall Cafe, Brew Lab


3 Gibson Street
Sink into the deep comfy sofas and make the most of the free Wi-Fi at this West End retreat, which also serves a great selection of hot beverages.
Also try: McCune Smith Cafe, Where the Monkey Sleeps, Peňa

Best for Sweet Stuff


155 West Port
With a menu dedicated to fabulously inventive cakes and tarts, those with a sweet tooth should look no further than this charming café.
Also try: Eteaket, Mimi's Bakehouse, Leo's Beanery


Riverhill Coffee Bar
24 Gordon Street
An easy-to-miss gem near Central Station, this eatery entices folk through its doors with a superb selection of mouth-watering baked goods.
Also try: Kember & Jones, Cup, The Tearooms at The Butterfly and The Pig


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