Cairngorm Coffee Co
1 Melville St, Edinburgh EH3 7PR, UK
Having become a regular stop for office workers in the New Town with their small, subterranean Frederick Street nook, the folks at Cairngorm pushed west for their second branch, with this beautiful site on Melville Place.
Where Frederick Street is cosy and secluded, Melville Place is bright, open and spacious. It still feels conducive to a good working environment – iPads are loaded on the bench seats, wifi is reliable – but there’s less hurry. If you manage to catch Edinburgh on a sunny day (very much not a guaranteed thing), there’s plenty of outdoor seats from which to watch the West End go by.
The things that make Cairngorm’s original branch so good are not lost here either. Famous grilled cheese sandwiches, a small but perfectly executed brunch menu, and care and attention paid to their coffee – having originally opened with a brew bar and offering kalita wave, the team have recently changed tack to focus on their batch brews, which has the added bonus of meaning you won’t be waiting long for a coffee. Don’t be surprised if a third Cairngorm appears on the horizon.
Review: Harry Harris
Image courtesy of the venue
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