If you are visiting Scotland any time soon, whether to see family and friends or for sightseeing, or perhaps both, there will come a time when you will be in need of a little sustenance and rest. There is nothing like a good coffee shop to recuperate and recover, or to catch up with your friends and family.
Here are my top suggestions for coffee shops in Scotland:
Artisan Roast www.artisanroast.co.uk: a cool and quirky coffee shop in Glasgow run by people who know their coffee, the Artisan Roast serves organic and locally-grown and sourced food. It is a very cosy place that’s perfect for bookworms and writers alike, and even for those who simply need to unwind after a long day at work. They also have a very creative menu that’s sure to be a hit even for the pickiest eater and, since they have a wide range of coffee and teas to choose from, you surely won’t get bored. So hop on over and enjoy the laidback atmosphere of the Artisan Roast.
Blend Coffee Lounge http://blendcoffee.co.uk: considered to be the best coffee shop in Perth, with a really cosy atmosphere. Known for its friendly staff and quirky ambience, the Blend, as it’s fondly called, is the perfect place for anyone regardless of age. The Blend is also very child and pet friendly (perhaps you and your pet can relax and unwind after a day in the park). So whether you’re looking for a place to unwind, catch up with some good friends or a good book… The Blend is definitely the place for you to go!
Muircot Farmshop http://www.muircot-farmshop.co.uk: escape the city and into the light and airy Muircot Farmshop. Gaze at the beauty of Ochill hills or relax with your favourite book while having your favourite cup of coffee nearby. The Muircot Farmshop is known for its friendly and very accommodating staff and great food which is all homemade. Not only that, the Muircot Farmshop also sells local produce. I particularly recommend that you try out their lemon meringue pie.
Simply Scottish: Now if you’re into home-style cooking then Simply Scottish in Jedburgh is definitely for you! They have a really good selection of food, especially on the cakes and snacks. They serve hearty portions so prepare your stomach for a feast (don’t worry about leftovers though as they’re more than willing to wrap them up for you for your journey afterwards.) We recommend that you try out their Hummingbird Cake for a truly mouth-watering experience.
Willows Coffee Shop: http://www.willowscoffeeshop.co.uk. Now, if you’re someone who’s always on the go because of the places you still need to see or because of work then Willows Coffee Shop – either in Perth or Dundee - is the place for you. They have a wide range of food, coffee, and even cakes for you to choose from. Their menu is also child-friendly so you don’t have to worry about bringing your children with you in this bustling café. The staff are quick and efficient so you don’t have to worry about waiting for too long especially during breakfast. It’s also a great place for those who are sensitive to gluten.
The Colliston Inn: http://www.thecollistoninn.co.uk. Speaking of gluten sensitivities, here is another place that’s good for you! Quaint and modest, the Colliston Inn in Arbroath is easily accessible for anyone who’s looking for a good place to eat. They also have very friendly and accommodating staff who are more than ready to lend a hand. The Colliston Inn serves healthy portions of their meals so you won’t be hungry after leaving and with a hospitality that can’t be matched; you’re assured that every visit is unique.
Meadow Road Coffee: Facebook. Looking for a place in Glasgow where you can unwind for a few minutes after a long day at work, catch up with some good old friends, or simply have some time for yourself before heading out to another adventure? Then step right in the Meadow Road Coffee shop! Known for their specialty coffee, the Meadow Road Coffee Shop has a wide selection for you to choose from. A cosy wee place, the Meadow Road Coffee offers great hospitality and some great vegetarian options.
The Milkman: http://themilkman. The Milkman Coffee in Edinburgh is a place of great character, named after the owner’s great grandfather who was a milkman in the highlands of Scotland. (a little history for those who may not know what a milkman is, they are the ones who would wake up really early in the morning to deliver fresh milk right on people’s doorstep). Known for its dedicated staff, The Milkman is perfect for those who need a place to sit down or get some work done, it has the same comfort of home without the extra fuss. We highly recommend this place to anyone who loves history, both regulars and passing travellers alike.
Now that you know where to go for the latest place to hang out and relax with a hot cup of coffee and a delicious slice of cake, you’re sure to make your trip to Scotland worthwhile. Of course, there is much more to Scotland than its quaint and cosy coffee shops. Don’t be afraid to try out local treats and delicacies these coffee shops may have on their menu, it’s worth every pound and your taste buds will surely thank you for trying something new during your trip.