Takeaway coffee – COVID-19 update

I am very much a coffee lover. This entire blog started out as a guide of my favorite cafes in New York, and I kept giving recommendations when I moved and traveled atound the world. However, since the entire COVID-19 crisis, and most cafes closing their doors, I haven’t given any recommendations. I decided to dedicate today’s post to the coffee shops in Edinburgh that are still open for a takeaway. This list is probably not a complete one, but it does include all the place I know of that serve takeaway coffee (social distance measures in place, of course).

New Town:

Lowdown Cafe – this is one of Edinburgh’s most famous third wave cafes. Their coffee is just yummy, and they are open for you to grab coffee and cake. Last week they were open from Thursday to Sunday from 10am-3pm, but check out their IG for updates.

Archipelago – this great bakery is now selling breads, baked goods and also ethical coffee. Go visit them from Monday to Saturday 8:30am-4pm, and don’t forget to get a carb refill while you are at it.


Hendersons – a lovely vegetarian/vegan deli, is now open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-2pm for some treats, bread, essentials as well as takeaway coffee.

West End:

Milk – another one of Edinburgh’s finest coffee shops. This lovely cafe is open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am-3pm for takeaway coffee and some cake.


Artisan Coffee – a neighborhood favorite, with the coziest decor and vibes is open daily from 8am-5pm. They serve some strong delicious coffee and a lot of sweet treats.

Hideout Cafe – another cozy cafe, and a locals’ favorite. At the Hideout Cafe you will be able to find takeaway coffee, freshly squeezed juice, bread and baked goods. They seem to be open daily from 10am-5pm.



Bakery Three.14 – a lovely cozy bakery, now open for baked goods and Williams and Johnson’s coffee Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm.


27 Elliott’s – one of Edinburgh’s best spots for coffee and brunch is open for essentials (wine included) and coffee Wednesday to Saturday between 10am-2pm.

Detour Espresso – a lovely third wave cafe with a clean scandi design (and a bike hanging on the wall) is open almost daily for coffee and treats from 10am-1/2pm. Check their IG for a daily update.


Cowan and Sons – this great establishment is now open on weekends for baked goods, bread and essentials as well as Williams ans Johnson’s coffee.


Soderberg – this iconic bakery has two of its location (Stockbridge as well as Morningside) open some days. They have bread, baked goods and takeaway coffee. Check their IG for updates.


The Beach House Cafe – open daily from 8am-4pm(ish) and offering many treats, some food, essentials as well as takeaway coffee.

Hope this was of use. Let me know if I missed any of the lovely local cafes still open.

Take care,



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