REVIEW – Fredericks Coffee House


View out of the window seats


A city centre cafe with friendly service and a new range of cakes

We have previously reviewed Fredericks Coffee House, but four months on, we are finding ourselves in here at least once a week.  The lovely staff  welcome everyone that comes through the door with a smile hello and give you time to peruse the menu before taking your order. 

It’s  a lovely light and airy space to eat in and/or work in, using  the excellent free secure wi-fi.  We’ve had several business meetings here over the last few months and just can’t get enough of the place. 

From the breakfast menu, through to the delicious afternoon tea, it really is a place suitable for any time of the day.  Local craft group Granny Green’s Night Out use the premises on a Monday evening as the venue is available for out of hours hire.  Increasingly popular is groups of friends booking the Chesterfield sofa area and relaxing for the afternoon. 

Th owner  uses the best coffee in Edinburgh – Artisan Roast and knows how to serve it.  The range of herbal teas are from Pekoe Tea and include Dikom Assam Second Flush and White Peony and the usual herbal infusions such as camomile and peppermint.  Pots of tea (2 cups) are from £1.60 which make it good value for the city centre location.    

Bread and dip selection


Lunch choices vary from  toasted paninis and pittas, freshly prepared salads to platters of  breads, olives and dips to share.  

Fredericks has recently teamed up with the excellent Patisserie Jacob and are now serving a fantastic range of handmade cakes. 

We just happened to be in the cafe when the first delivery arrived and couldn’t resist trying a piece out despite the early hour of the morning. 

We weren’t the only one to be enjoying the cakes first thing, another customer was tucking into a full afternoon tea (£10.95) at 11am.  The chocolate creation was sublime and tasted as good as it looks below.  Chef Jacob certainly puts a lot of love into making his cakes, so we made sure we loved the slab of chocolate heaven as we ate it.  The carrot and cinnamon cake also looked divine and will be devoured next time we’re in. 

A full range of Jacob’s cakes will soon be on sale, with its own separate menu, making this an excellent cake destination to enjoy with friends. 

Jacob's chocolate cake, lovingly hand-made


Considering that Fredericks is only a few months old, it’s certainly made its mark in the central area.  Prices are very competitive and we’re going to keep on returning. 

Fredericks also appears on our Edinburgh Cake Trail

Address:  30 Frederick Street (1st floor) 

Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am – 6pm and weekend 10am – 6pm.  There are plans to open later in the summer. 

Loyalty cards can be stamped and after 4 drinks, your 5th one is free.  You can find Fredericks on facebook and on twitter

Suitable for disabled?  Unfortunately not as it’s on the first floor with no lifts.  Also not ideal for parents with buggies, but if you make it up the stairs, there is ample room to move around in.

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