REVIEW – Mimi’s Bakehouse, Leith, Edinburgh


Now open, Leith


We recently reported that Mimi’s Bakehouse in Leith had opened and were just a little too nosey to wait any longer before trying this new addition to the area out.  Their flyer says “open for scrumptious cakes, heavenly breakfasts, freshly ground coffees, lavish lnches and awe-inspiring afternoon tea” which pretty much sums this place up.  

Before entering, I thought it would be a cake-based cafe, but it’s so much more than that.  You have to walk past a glass-stand full of cakes before you take a seat, but then there’s the cakes at the counter that simply scream “eat me” as you sit down.  

Having already eaten lunch before popping in, I only had room for tea and cake this visit.  Had I known that I could have picked some luxury homemade stovies (£7.95) or Mimi’s marvellous hotpot (£8.95)  I would have eaten here.   

We took a seat at the rear of the cafe on the luxurious couch and kick backed with the (free) papers and awaited our orders..  

Excellent coffee


I opted for lemongrass tea, £1.95 (they do numerous choices of teapigs tea here) and my partner chose a flat white, also £1.95.  The stars of Mimi’s are no doubt the cakes, which are all lovingly made on the premises.  

I chose a fruit scone with homemade preserve, butter and clotted cream, £1.95 and my friend chose a slab of strawberry pie and cream, £3.95. 

My scone was warmed in the oven (not the microwave) and the strawberry pie was also served warm with the cream on the side.  There was no other option but to dive in and the pie was nothing short of heavenly with pastry perfection.  The scone had been perfectly baked, just like my granny used to make.  

A lot of though has gone into this place, from the cute utensil decorations on the walls to the personalised crockery.  Run by a family of four (mum, dad and two daughters all who work there) Mimi’s has hit the nail on the head as a great cafe.  

Strawberry pie before cream pouring


I visited on the second day of opening, so once a few things have been ironed out like wi-fi connected, this place is going to be a force to be reckoned with.  

I am heading back this weekend to try out one of their ‘belly busting breakfasts’ as I think some ‘terrifically tantalizing french toast’ with Ramsay of Carluke’s bacon will hit the mark.  

You can check out Mimi’s Bakehouse website or like them on facebook and follow them on twitter.  Open 7 days, 8am – 5pm.  Mimi’s appears as the most recent entry on our Edinburgh cake trail.  

Suitable for disabled?  Yes, ground even access (with ramp from outside) and accessible toilet.  Don’t forget to look at the pictures on the wall outside the bathrooms with the staff and their cakes!  

Cake counter = heaven


This review was based on one visit only (unlike the usual two) and will be amended accordingly after subsequent visits.  I just thought it would be good to spread the word about Mimi’s now!  

Strawberry pavlova asking to be eaten....