Little Fitzroy takes it's name from the Melbourne suburb, well known for it's quality speciality coffee among many other cool things.
They're located on Easter Road - near the London Road end - and offer kalita wave filter, espresso and cold coffees. Their choice of high quality speciality coffee suppliers include locals such as Fortitude, Machina, William and Johnson, Common, Obadiah and Dear Green as well as folks from a little further afield such as personal faves of ours Girls who Grind.
Expect to choose from two espresso and two filter coffees on any visit - expertly made and regularly changing to keep your taste buds entertained.
Their food is freshly prepped, includes indulgent cakes and is vegan. They open at 7am which is another nod to Aussie coffee shops who recognise that the need is greater in the morning than later in the day!
They also have a selection of home brew kit. Handy.
Coolness: White sunny space softened with natural tones
Mr Eion's cafe in Trinity has wide open windows to the street to welcome you in.
Speaking of welcoming, Mr Eion's roastery in Stockbridge has been supplying coffee lovers with a wide range of beans for many a year from their original bean shop.
Their Trinity cafe offers their beans - weighed out and priced by the gram depending on your needs - within a cafe environment of long pale timber tables and chairs, a tasty menu and a choice of espresso or filter based drinks.
This is the only speciality coffee shop in the area - with the closest choices being in Leith - so definitely worth a visit if you're in the area
Open every day Espresso Coffee: Luckie Beans Coffee Roasters Also: Baked items, cold drinks
Coolness: A rare opportunity to have quality coffee on your train ride
The Luckie Beans Coffee cart is a welcome sight as you make your way through the airy entry hall of Edinburgh's Haymarket Station toward the ticket barriers.
They offer tasty flat whites using their Love Lane house blend, with beans originating from India, Kenya, Guatemala and Brazil. Expert baristas bring out the sweetness, rounding out the gutsy brew that will keep traditional and adventurous speciality coffee lovers happy on their journey.
Roasting out of Berwick upon Tweed, Luckie Beans make regular appearances at markets around Southern Scotland, but their coffee cart is also a permanent fixture for Edinburgh's commuters and cross-country travellers.
Understandably, coffee is Luckie's main priority, but you can also pick up a muffin, danish or croissant to help soak up the caffeine as well as crisps, biscuits, chocolate bars and other train-worthy snacks and cold drinks.
It's often hard to get good quality coffee at railway stations, which are generally known for ghastly ubiquitous chain stores. It's great to see Luckie on the Haymarket station menu and the retro styling of their coffee cart is also super cute.
To top it off, you can choose from a selection of Luckie's beans, all bagged up and ready to go, for brewing at home or work.
Open every day Espresso, Batch brew Coffee: Quarter Horse and guests Also: Cakes, light meals
Coolness: A stone's throw from the Meadows
Detour Espresso is an open, light-filled coffee shop on the South side of Edinburgh's city centre.
Their house espresso is Dark Horse from Birmingham's independent roaster Quarter Horse. 50/50 Brazilian and Nicaraguan, this seasonally changing blend is far from dark. There's plenty of brightness to keep speciality coffee lovers happy.
You can also expect regularly changing guests - quite often from more local roasters - on espresso and batch brew.
Cakes, soups, sandwiches and other tasty snacks are on offer as well as a fridge full of tempting drinks including Clever Kombucha, Lemonaid and Charitea ranges.
The space is airy, the decor simple and the vibe chilled. A very nice spot to stop by or pick up a take-away (in your re-usable cup) before heading to the Meadows for a stroll.
Open every day Espresso Coffee: Johan & Nyström Also: Bakery items and meals
Coolness: Swedish-inspired breads and sweet buns
Soderberg Broughton Street (3♥) is a bakery cafe that occupies an attractively New Town-ish curved stone building on the corner with Forth Street.
A number of Soderbergs have cropped up in different parts of Edinburgh, all offering the same high quality goods and clean line decor.
They use Swedish roaster Johan & Nyström's coffee and do a good job with it. They've chosen a blend with a big bold flavour profile that will satisfy traditionalists but has enough complexity to keep third-wavers interested.
As well as a selection of gelato and a couple of changing soup options, you'll find buns, bread, pastries and sandwiches with a big focus on high quality ingredients. Their cardamom and cinnamon buns are a bit of a signature bake - dense, moist and flavoursome. The glass counter is topped with jars of different biscuits and they sell their crispbread and jams as well. (We're fans of the biscuit in this cake-obsessed world.)
While Soderberg is a wheat lovers haven, there are usually couple of gluten-free sweet baked options for those so inclined.
Open every day Espresso, batch brew, filter, nitro col Coffee: The Good Coffee Cartel Also: Meals, beans, cakes and more Dog-friendly
Coolness: Great veggie and vegan food with crafty arty guests
Mayze Coffee & Food (5♥) is located in Finnieston, just West of Glasgow's city centre.
Owners Gillian and Craig bring a significant amount of speciality coffee and cafe experience to this shop, having been in Glasgow's coffee scene for many years. They also run Something Brewed - their coffee and tea pop-up bar for special events.
Their coffee is provided by locals and long time pals The Good Coffee Cartel (previous work mates from Avenue) who favour bright seasonally changing speciality coffees.
Collaborators Faceplant help Mayze turn out a wide range of every-changing tasty vegetarian and vegan food. Brunch is a major attraction, offering big veggie fry ups, waffles and avocado toast. Lunch features burritos, toasties and a daily special main meal. And then there's the mouthwatering cakes, often vegan, gluten-free or both.
Mayze is a winner and will keep you coming back with their regularly changing menu of coffee, cakes and meals.
Open Mon-Sat before 3pm Espresso Coffee: Mr Eion bespoke blend Also: Cookies
Coolness: The chirpy Police Box and equally chirpy service
The Counter (4♥) is set back a little from Morningside Road in Edinburgh's leafy South West and serves take-away coffee and home-made small cakes.
Owners Sally and Ali are partners in life as well as business, bringing together experience in hospitality and cheffing.
They serve their own 'The Counter' blend from local roaster Mr Eion, the majority of which is Sumatran and Brazilian. Chosen with the preferences of their customers in mind, you can expect a nutty, choclatey brew that works well with milk.
Chef Ali does the baking including very popular brownies and salt caramel cookies. They offer bite-size portions because they know many of their customers are on the move and a quick bite is what they're after. The Counter also offer Edinburgh's Eteaket teas.
A very nice coffee from folk who are passionate about great coffee and customer service. They also serve their cracking coffee from Police boxes in Morningside, Tollcross, Usher Hall on Lothian Road and their 'The Counter on the canal' boat near Fountainbridge on the Union Canal.
Open every day Espresso, ice americano, ice latte Coffee: Squaremile Also: Meals, cakes, beans
Coolness: Stylish nostalgia meets all day brunches
Thomas J Walls Coffee (5♥) is a large, elegant coffee shop located on the South side of Edinburgh's busy Old Town, near the National Museum of Scotland.
Owner Jonathan Sharpe has a number of other shops in Edinburgh and offers consistently high quality espresso-based coffee from long-time supplier London's Squaremile. The house bean is generally their Red Brick seasonal espresso, a particular favourite of ours, and guest beans are often available.
The site used to be an optician's shop and many a local, and their parents (and probably their grandparents) has had their eyes tested and glasses fitted here. The transformation to coffee shop has been sympathetic to these origins, preserving the original frontage, complete with the brass company name lettering and display windows. Look out for the shop logo that also smartly blends spectacles and coffee cup.
Visitors will be rewarded not just with lovely coffee, but also good food. Brunches are a main staple, well-suited to the relaxed and spacious surrounds. Options include rosti with spinach, smoked salmon, poached eggs and hollandaise, shakshuka, yoghurt & granola and the ever-present avocado on toast among others. Freshly made juices, soups, sandwiches and cakes are also on the menu.
There are plenty of tables and chairs in the front part of the shop and more to the rear, along with some softer seating by way of arm chairs and a sofa. The decor is simple and stylish and when combined with some very nice paintings, high ceilings and old world touches, adds up to a classy feel. Big thumbs up from us.
Open every day Espresso Coffee: Rounton Coffee Also: Meals, cakes and beans
Coolness: New Town nooks and crannies meets great food
Leo's Beanery (4♥) is in the beautiful Georgian New Town and a lovely spot.
Out front you'll find some inviting tables and chairs before stepping into the deceptively large interior. Leo's has a friendly, elegant but cosy feel and are very customer-focused.
We've sampled Leo's coffee for years and they continue to be a joy. They're using Yorkshire-based Rounton Roasters, which they make with care and serve at the perfect temperature, warm but not scalding which allows the rounded milk texture to support great flavour.
As well as their coffee, they take their food seriously with lots of yummy, locally sourced fresh options - small or big breakfasts as well as a good choice of lunches, snacks and cakes. There really is something for everyone.
This one's a charmer and one to put on the regular visiting list.