Like cake? Then Edinburgh is the place for you
*updated July 2012*
Edinburgh is home to many wonderful cafes and cake shops and we love sampling them so that we can advise you the best places to enjoy a sweet treat.
The following suggestions are in no particular order of preference, but have been grouped together by area of town. As you will see, we have visited every single suggestion and reviewed it, so click on the links to get location details and our thoughts on the cafes.
However, if you are visiting town and can only manage a few whilst you’re here, then head to our personal favourites.
Those that have been placed in our top 5 really excel in cake quality, value for money and consistently good service.
1. Mimi’s Bakehouse Situated in Leith, book ahead for weekend visits.
2. Bon Papillon Howe Street, New Town
3. Love Crumbs, West Port
4. Tea at 94, Buccleuch Street
5. Anteaques, South Clerk Street
The Trail begins
Starting off with my local favourites, we have Muffins at Goldenacre and Moo Cafeteria at Canonmills. The neighbouring Circle Cafe does a wonderful carrot cake and completing the choices on Brandon Terrace is the fabulous Coffee Angel. Round the corner in Dundas Street you have Cuckoo’s Bakery where cupcakes are baked daily on the premises. Moving in the other direction towards town, there is the Russian Passion Cafe who do a selection of Russian desserts.
On the Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile, you have the choice of Clarinda’s Tea Room and Forsyth’s who offer old style home baking. Although not a cake shop, the Fudge Kitchen on the Royal Mile is definitely worth a visit.
The Scotch Whisky Experience at the top of the Royal Mile is a great place for coffee and cake (also great value for the location). On nearby George IV Bridge, the Cellar Door Patisserie has a German chef who creates cake masterpieces alongside truffles and chocolates.
A newcomer to the Cake Trail for 2012 is the excellent Love Crumbs in West Port. We love that they display their cakes in a wardrobe.
Also in the centre of town is Spoon Cafe and their carrot cake is a personal favourite of mine with its lime frosting. A little further south in Newington you can die and go to chocolate heaven at Choco Latte or you can visit Anteaques in South Clerk Street for the most unique tea and scone experience amidst chandeliers and bagatelle boards.
Whilst in the Newington area – why not pop over to Tea at 94 on Buccleuch Street, we love it in there (new into the Cake Trail)
Peter’s Yard at the Quartermile is worth a trip for a Swedish take on cakes and although primarily a book shop, the cakes at Looking Glass Books are sourced from our favourite places in town (also at Quartermile)
Back into town, you can pick a window seat at Fredericks Coffee House and watch the world go by over tea and cake. One street over, there is Bibi’s Cake Boutique which offers a variety of cupcakes for take-away only. Directly opposite is I Love Candy – a retro sweet shop.
In Fountainbridge, Loudon’s Cafe and Bakery has its bakery on the premises, rustling up all kinds of cakey goods (gluten free available). At Tollcross you can try out The Tree House.Their cakes are mouth wateringly delicious (the Victoria Sponge portion is huge) and moving South to the Bruntsfield area, my current favourite is the Chocolate Tree. I find it better value than the nearby Falko Konditormeister, but both are excellent choices.
Also in Morningside is Cafe Blush who welcome you with an array of cakes.
Stockbridge choices for cake include Leo’s Beanery and Bon Papillion in Howe Street and Madeleine’s patisserie and espresso bar. A little bit East in the Broughton area see The French Fancies serving up home-made French tarts and macarons.
Porto & Fi at Newhaven is another excellent choice for a cake break and the recently opened The Haven is one of our current favourites. Along the road in Leith, favourites include Cafe Truva and The Roseleaf.
Mimi’s Bakehouse on The Shore always delivers in quality (and quantity) and I couldn’t write this article without mentioning the fabulous Sicilian Pastry shop in Albert Street and the Manna House on Easter Road.
In Gorgie, look no further than Patisserie Jacob which is amazing quality at reasonable prices. Out of town, the meringues and other puddings at the Forth Rail Bistro are worth travelling for and have the added bonus of wonderful views.
If those selections haven’t make your mouth water and head out the door, you can always order cupcakes online from Edinburgh companies Lizzie’s Tea Party and Cupcake and Ribbons. All three of these companies also supply cupcakes in cafes around town and details are listed in their articles.
Have you got somewhere I should to add to my list? Please let me know in the comments below.