Sunday, 24 July 2016


76 Victoria Rd
G42 &AA
Open with specialty coffee on Sat & Sun
Coffee: Excellent guest pop-ups on weekends
Also: Cakes, breads, meals
Coolness: Creative food, coffee and community focused business model

Bakery47 (5♥) is a top notch bakery and cafe that bakes a wide range of breads and cakes for their shop, as well as supplying other cafes. The unusually long description below is partly due to the sheer breadth of excellent culinary and community options available. It's also partly because Bakery47 is so very good!

Please scroll down to read more about Bakery47, but we'll focus on the coffee first (as you'd expect :)

Each weekend Bakery47 is joined behind the servery by a skilled and impressive coffee pop up that matches the quality of the bakery items. These are high-end baristas and small business owners that serve up their specialty coffee to Bakery47 customers to enjoy, alongside their exceptional baked goods and meals.

We're yet to get to Bakery47 to sample all the baristas, but very much intend to. They include 'Back to Black'. 'Fun in a cup' and 'It All Started Here'.

It All Started Here
William mixes up his offering, between his long-time mates Sheffield-based Foundry Coffee Roasters and guest seasonal beans from other high-end roasters that take his fancy. To give you an indication, he's featured Climpson & Sons, Man Versus Machine and Caravan recently. He also regularly sets up shop at the Partick Farmer's Markets, and his consistently high standards are always a treat.

Espresso-based drinks are Will's staple, but, depending on the weather or time of year, you may get to try coffee tonic, cold brew or iced latte. Keep an eye on It All Started Here's Facebook and Twitter stream to stay up to date with Will's pop ups.


On the food front, you can buy mouth-watering baked items between Wednesdays and Sundays each week. They're made on site by the people who take your order and you can pick up loaves and buns of many types as well as cakes, tarts, scones, traybakes, pastries and bakery items you hadn't realised existed. We know that there's many a cake connoisseur who knows a lot more than we do, but we can confidently say that Bakery47 is amongst the best around. You won't be disappointed, but to give you a sense: portuguese custard tarts, poppy chia bagels, rhubarb pastries, amarena cherry toasted pistachio brownies, peanut butter banana buns, wholewheat spelt cinnamon currant buns... and much, much more.

The cafe is quite large and customers are invited to place their order and pay at the counter (you place your order for coffee at the same time). There are plenty of customers picking up bakery items and leaving again, and plenty sitting in as well. The menu takes great advantage of their bread and cakes as well as high quality seasonal food, sourced from as nearby as feasible.

Supporting, and being active in, their community are at the heart of their approach to business. They regularly share their space with other like-minded individuals, from events to classes, workshops to popups. And on they have 'bread barter' days on the first Wednesday of every month - where the owners offer their bread in exchange for goods or services without using money.

Unless you're lucky enough to be able to pass by Bakery47 every day, the best way to stay up to speed with all the goings on is to watch their Facebook. The pictures of their baked items alone are worth it!


Thursday, 21 July 2016

Tasty Buns Bakery

67 Bread St
Open Monday-Saturday
Coffee: Mr Eion
Also: Cakes
Coolness: Deceptively large and charming - complete with interior street light

Tasty Buns Bakery (3♥) is a cafe that serves home-baked cakes, muffins and traybakes on aptly name Bread Street, near the Old Town.

Owner Louise opened the cafe recently and is continuing to develop her menu, with independent coffee a key ingredient.

Edinburgh's Mr Eion provides a bespoke Brazilian Sumatran blend and the resulting coffee packs a traditional and flavoursome punch. A good match for the sweet baked items available.

The shopfront is narrow but the cafe itself is deep and surprisingly spacious. There are plenty of chairs and tables inviting you stay a while and the decor is one of stripped back opulence, enhanced by the high ornate ceiling and rich colour scheme. The old-fashioned street lamp in amongst the timber furniture adds to the charm.

Tasty Buns is definitely a nice hide-away in an up-and-coming area that's gradually edging away from it's bottom-of-the-barrel strip-joint history. Albeit the name of this establishment may tip it's hat in that general direction!


Wednesday, 20 July 2016

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Sunday, 17 July 2016

Pacamara Food & Drink

302 Perth Rd
Every day
Espresso, aeropress
Coffee: Has Bean & guests
Also: Meals, beans, cakes
Coolness: To boldly go where very little specialty coffee exists!

Pacamara Food & Drink (4♥) is located just west of Dundee's city centre, close-ish to Dundee University.

To say Pacamara is out on a limb as purveyors of specialty coffee in the region, is an under-statement. They are a lonely beacon and we'll be very pleased if we can help drive more coffee lovers their way! We schlepped around Dundee at some length to learn this, saving you the palette-ache.

Espresso-based coffee lovers will be treated to a cracking Has Bean Jailbreak blend, comprised of equal parts Bolivian, Brazilian and Colombian. And Pacamara offer aeropress using guest beans of an equally high standard which you can also buy in retail bags. They stock some coffee making kit too, including the must-have aeropress.

Equal attention is paid to the food at Pacamara (as per the full title of their shop) and breakfast and lunch are available every day - dinner Wednesday to Sunday. Homemade bbq baked beans, brioche french toast and cooked breakfasts will get you off to the right start and their brunches Friday to Sunday are extra-special. They change regularly, but menu items such as 'Nutella and banana stuffed brioche french toast with strawberries, blue berries, mascarpone and maple syrup', 'wild garlic pesto scrambled eggs' and 'duck confit hash with poached egg' give you an indication. Lunches and dinners are equally creative and use high-quality ingredients.

More: Pacamara's facebook page

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Century General Store Abbeyhill

1-7 Montrose Terrace
Open every day
Coffee: Assembly Coffee & guests
Also: Pastries, beans & general merchandise
Coolness: The charming fairy tale building exterior

This coffee shop (5♥) is one of two Century General Stores in Edinburgh, and occupies the ground floor of a very quaint wedge-shaped building in Abbeyhill, just East of central Edinburgh.

The coffee is excellent, offering a choice of London's high quality Assembly Coffee and a changing guest roaster, made with great skill and care. Tea drinkers can sip local supplier Pekoe Tea and there's a selection of cakes and pastries, including gluten free.

The shop is triangular with the coffee machine and serving area running along the shorter side. It has a simple decor with timber flooring, six or so black tables with chairs and white walls. It also has a high bench against the front rounded window where you can perch and watch the world go by.

The General Store section relates mostly to a wall of shelving that stocks plates, coffee and tea pots, candles, drinking glasses and other useful household items. They also stock some gourmet chocolate and greetings cards and other stylish bits and bobs.

All in all, this is an uber chilled zone with tip top coffee and locals are indeed lucky to have Century General Store in their neighbourhood !


Wednesday, 29 June 2016

The Steamie

1024 Argyle Street
G38LX, Glasgow
Open every day
Espresso, aeropress, V60, chemex, cold brew
Coffee: Artisan Roast (mostly)
Also: Meals, cakes, beans
Coolness: It's so chilled you could wear your pjs and no-one would lift an eyebrow

The Steamie (4♥) is cosy coffee shop located on bustling Argyle Street in Finnieston, just West of central Glasgow.

These folks are very partial to coffee and offer a wide choice of brew methods. They use Edinburgh-based roaster Artisan Roast for their hot coffees across espresso, aeropress, V60 and chemex. They also offer bottled cold brews from Brew Lab and Avenue and you may be able to sample some nitro keg coffee from Brew Lab.

Breakfast, lunches and in-between snacks include granola, toast, bagels, scones, soups and cakes. And their panini fillings range from chorizo and smoked paprika mayo, to hummus and roasted red pepper to brie and caramelised red onion.

Their main food gig, however, is eggs en cocotte - traditional French baked eggs served in an individual dish. You can have them plain or with toppings: mozzarella, brie, sun dried tomato and prosciutto among others.

The decor is comprised of exposed brick, hanging filament bulbs, rough wooden flooring and a mix of recycled wooden tables and chairs of many shapes and sizes. There's no bench between customers and baristas and the space is fairly tightly packed, all contributing to a cosy living room feel but with better coffee.

(For the non-Scottish coffee lovers, a 'steamie' is a public or communal wash house for clothes washing)


Monday, 27 June 2016

Wilson Street Pantry

6 Wilson St
G1 1SS, Glasgow
Open every day
Coffee: Papercup
Also: Meals and cakes
Coolness: Relaxed bistro vibe in city centre

Wilson Street Pantry (4♥) in Glasgow's Merchant City is a smart, modern cafe serving up local roaster Papercup's coffee.

These folk are friendly and take their coffee seriously, offering well-made espresso-based drinks in stylish surrounds.

On the menu are breakfast choices including granola, toast, french toast and eggs a bunch of ways. For lunch your options include dips, soups, tarts, sandwiches and salads, many of which are built on high quality produce and antipasti from blue cheese, apple and walnut, to salami, chorizo and prosciutto to hot and cold smoked salmon.

The decor has an elegant, bistro feel - complete with black and white floor tiles and wooden tables and chairs - and has tables and chairs outside for the sunnier days.

The Merchant City area of Glasgow is a favourite with grand stone buildings of a bygone era and plenty of shops, boutiques and cafes to explore. All in all, this one's a great spot to relax mid-shop for both eats and coffees.