100 Marchmont Crs
Coffee: Assembly Coffee & guests
Also: Cakes, homewares, magazines
|Coolness: Nicely designed stuff for your home|
Century General Store Marchmont (3♥) is a small, niche store with a strong focus on local artisans and that also does good coffee.
Like their sister store in Abbey Hill, they're offering London-based Assembly Coffee as house roast with rotating guests including North Berwick-based Steampunk and Edinburgh-based Williams & Johnson beans.
There's definitely an element of "cool designer" about the shop but it's quickly warmed up by the friendly and welcoming staff. They go out of their way to help customers feel comfortable and are very happy to talk about their coffee and other products. Browsing is actively encouraged.
Many of the shelves are filled with homewares for "tenement life" with a view to being simply functional as well as elegant and long-lasting. You'll find enamel and stoneware mugs, cups, plates, tea/coffee pots, candles, preserving jars, pot plants and carry bags. among many other things. They've also got some clothing and soft furnishings.
There's a little nook at the back where you can peruse carefully curated magazines that you won't find easily anywhere else - the type you don't want to recycle when you've read them because they're more like soft books so should be kept.
Cakes on offer are from Dundas Street's Archipelago bakery and high end chocolates are created by local Ocelot and North Berwick's Ailey Mae.