Tea and cake in Edinburgh

Shopping is hard work, isn’t it? To keep your strength up, there is nothing like stopping for tea.  And Edinburgh has such a choice!  Here’s our round up for your delectation. Check out more on where to eat and drink.

Two places we’re very fond of for “proper” afternoon tea are at opposite ends of Princes Street, the Bolinger Bar at the  Balmoral and the Pompadour Restaurant at the  Caledonian. It’s far too difficult to choose, but if you’re wanting a spectacular view, the Caledonian is for you. If you want to lap up the Grandeur, the Balmoral’s your best choice. It’s a good idea to book.

Afternoon Tea at the Bonham

Afternoon Tea at the Bonham

Another restaurant favourite, the Bonham is now offering afternoon tea in its newly refurbished Consulting Room. It’s a lovely room, full of light and when it’s chilly a fire is set to warm you up. We particularly enjoyed the macarons and individual simnel cakes. And of course you can have a glass of bubbly to make it even more special

Other firm favourites are noted in our post on specialist cafes:

Coco on Broughton Street

Coco on Broughton Street

For chocolate lovers the Chocolate Tree in Bruntsfield is a must. The lovely Coco Chocolate in Bruntsfield and Broughton Street also have a few seats and serve drinks.  Loopy Lornas in Morningside and the Churchill Theatre have more seating and serve very good cakes. And of course we’ve a very soft spot for Artisan Roast.

If you’re near one of the Edinburgh’s art galleries. Check out the cafes. They’re all fabulous: Modern Art Gallery (Modern 1), Scottish Portrait Gallery or the Dean Gallery (Modern 2).

Cafe Modern 1 and 2
Museum of Modern Art, Edinburgh
73 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DS


Artisan Roast

57 Broughton Street, Edinburgh

The Chocolate Tree
123 Bruntsfield Road, Edinburgh

Coco Chocolate

174 Bruntsfield Place
Bruntsfield, Edinburgh EH10 4ER  and
71 Broughton Street, EH1 3RJ Edinburgh

Bollinger Bar at Palm Court, Balmoral Hotel
1 Princes Street
Edinburgh EH2 2EQ
Tel: 131 556 2414


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  1. A bit late to the party but love your top Fringe tips. Hoping to make it it the Signet Library for some champers before they shut up shop. Stay dry!

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