Nothing beats entering into a bakery and setting eyes upon the inevitable array of freshly baked breads, pastries, and desserts. Whether baguette or bun, there’s something about the fluffiness of the dough and texture of the treat that makes food from the bakers extraordinary. From cakes and croissants, to cookies, cupcakes, loaves, and bagels, let the taste buds do the talking and sample the best bakeries in Edinburgh.
The crème of the crop, Lovecrumbs is a treat and a half and has quite the scrumptious reputation. The concept really is simple — homemade classic tasty eats smothered in sugary sweet goodness and whipped up to perfection. A slice or two from Lovecrumbs guarantees happy days all around. And yes, every single crumb is lip-licking good and is always worth savouring.
Get your gateaux fill at Falko Konditormeister, a delightful German bakery. Those with a permanent hankering for premium quality German Konditorei cakes and gateaux made using traditional methods are in for a treat here. The pretzels and authentic sourdough bread with Heinrich and German rye flour are out of this world, too. And just one taste of the apple strudel, black forest gateaux, and Linzer tartlet will result in a well-deserved weekly ritual – you’ll be back time and again to quench your thirst for sugar.
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A favourite amongst the locals, The Manna House Bakery & Patisserie is a slice of heaven in Edinburgh. This artisan bakery has the best of homemade breads, pastries, and savoury bakes, too. Every bite is as good as the next and will undoubtedly be the best taste of the day. The only problem is that everything in the shop is incredibly more-ish…!
Let it be known that Cuckoo’s Bakery will make any foodie bake-crazy. A brilliant tearoom and artisan bake house, this little gem of a place plays around with traditional and exotic flavours. Cupcake fans be warned — Cuckoo’s are master cupcake connoisseurs and reach unprecedented heights with their little cakes of joy. Everything is baked fresh daily using free-range eggs and proper Scottish butter. It really is no surprise that they’ve won ‘Best Cake In Scotland’ two years running.
With multiple locations in Edinburgh, Mimi’s Bakehouse is everything you could ever desire in a bakery, and then some. This family-run sweet dreamland is filled with the most delicious artisanal cakes, tray bakes, cupcakes, biscuits, brownies, cheesecakes, and more. You name it — they have it. Whether a classic Victoria sponge, carrot, Oreo, red velvet, or rainbow cake tempts your fancy, Mimi’s is ‘Great British Bake Off’ kind of wonderful.
Taste a perfect bite of Paris right in the heart of Scotland at Mademoiselle Macaron. Choose from fabulous classic flavours such as lavender, rose, chocolate, lemon, and pistachio or go wild with the Innis & Gunn, Scottish Whammy, Earl Grey, or Hendrick’s Gin varieties. There really is a macaron for whatever taste you’re after. Mademoiselle Macaron herself is a purveyor of all things delicious and learned the tricks of the trade at the Alain Ducasse cookery school in France.
Bibi’s Bakery is a beauty of a place. Take your pick from an exceptional selection of expertly crafted cupcakes, decadent cakes, and must-try brownies. Not that it matters what you pick as every cupcake has some of the best icing we’ve ever tasted. Renowned for delightful staff and a convivial atmosphere, Bibi’s is a one-stop shop for all things sweet and tasty.
Brought to you by the same brainchildren behind the ever so popular Peter’s Yard, Söderberg is yet another Swedish bakery and hip stomping ground. Expect the usual suspects from fantastic crispbread variations and sourdough, but prepare for the odd surprise here and there. From kladdkaka (mud cake), sju sorters kakor (seven kinds of cookies), and kanelbulle (cinnamon bun), Södeberg never disappoints. Those with a penchant for sourdough pizzas will be in their element, too.
Have a soft spot for bread? Don’t we all. Addictive and delightful like the goods within, Bakery Andante in Morningside has an abundance of artisanal bread in store. Each and every loaf is made from the finest locally-sourced ingredients and is baked with quality and freshness in mind. Free from additives, Bakery Andante certainly has their flavors down to a fine art.