Edinburgh's Best Cafes And Coffee Shops To Work And Study In

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Tori Chalmers

Working or studying induced cabin fever is a most curious feeling. Out of thin air, an overwhelming sense of circadian loopiness and antsy thoughts enter the mind. Don’t let it get the better of you — opt for a change in surroundings and get out. So that the wi-fi is swift and thoughts come a plenty, Culture Trip has undergone a caffeine (and cake) infused expedition of all the best coffee shops and cafes in Edinburgh to work and study in.

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Black Medicine Coffee Co.

A magnet for students and working folk alike, Black Medicine Coffee Co. is a perpetual hub of creativity and revolutionary thoughts. A coffee utopia comprised of wood, this little haven is an indoor forest, except with magnificent food options like chocolate treats and paninis. With coffee brewed to perfection, scrumptious cakes aplenty, and a boldly bohemian ambience, Black Medicine is an ideal spot to shed the cabin fever woes and watch the outside world go by.

Balcony Café At The National Museum Of Scotland

Unleash those pioneering pontifications in Edinburgh’s most exquisite cabinet of curiosity, The National Museum Of Scotland. Let the breathtaking sight of Moby The Whale and the other fascinating exhibitions inspire your work, all from the comfort of The Balcony Café. Munch on home baking, sip homemade soups, or nibble on the array of snacks complete with tea and coffee. Once more, enjoy the outstanding view of the museum below.

Peter’s Yard

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Just like its relative Söderberg, Peter’s Yard is a blissful piece of Sweden right in the heart of Scotland. From the modern simple surroundings and perfectly brewed drinks to yummy bakery items and out of this world sourdough pizza, consider this little jewel a foodie paradise. Once the tummy is full, daydream about life and work out of the impressive floor-to-ceiling windows from the comfort of the counter seats. It is then that the lulling vibes of Peter’s Yard will inevitably end in that perfect epiphany.

Zebra Coffee Company


For a cosy café devoid of unnecessary pretence, look no further than Zebra Coffee Company. Camouflaged amongst the tartan and cobble stones of the nearby Royal Mile, this magnificent watering hole is perfect for getting your thinking hat on and entering into ‘the zone’. The small size of the place only adds to the character and the cubbyhole of a back room (complete with book adorned wallpaper) is a perfect spot for ideas to brew.

Brew Lab

From trendy coffee houses come trendy people and thus trendy work. Take a leaf out of the cool kids’ book and make Brew Lab your office for the day. The talented baristas of this specialty coffee shop are master purveyors of brilliantly brewed, single-origin filter, and espresso coffees. The food is tasty to the core and the vibe is dynamite. Once the cravings and surroundings are ticked off, the work can flow like there is no tomorrow.

Söderberg Bakery Shop

Consider any of the three Söderberg Bakery Shop locations in the city must-visit study spots. This Swedish bakery is overflowing with the most endorphin-inducing bites, from cardamom buns and loaves of levain to an impressive array of crispbread and mouth-watering sandwiches. The minimalist accents and contemporary chic ambience is the definition of serenity. All in all, a brilliant hideout where productivity and relaxation go hand in hand.

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