Saturday 8 August 2020

Bits Bake Shop

38 Dalkeith Rd
EH16 5BS
Open Monday-Saturday
Coffee: Williams & Johnson
Also: a wide selection of bakery, savoury options
Coolness: Stunning views of Salisbury Crags

Review and photo by Charlie Ellis & Eva Vaporidi

Opened in August 2018 on the South side of Edinburgh, this attractive nook is lovely spot for coffee and cake.

It's cosy but airy due to the high ceilings and big front window - with great views - that brings in loads of light. The warm decor (including a vintage desk ideal for those inspired to do a spot of scribbling whilst there) and stained glass matches the warm welcome you receive.

In addition to their smooth espressos Bits Bake Shop serve a range of Rosevear teas (the Blue Flower Earl Grey is a lovely afternoon drink), hot chocolate (from Portobello based Coco Chocolatier) and Bon Accord sodas.

Owner Ashley explained that she chose Edinburgh roaster Williams & Johnston (their seasonal blend) because it was her personal favourite - and it has proved popular with her customers. Ashley said that she'd originally planned rotate through different coffees, but has stuck with Williams & Johnson because the baking changes on a daily basis and her customers like some consistency as well as high quality.

The tasty baking - check their Instagram for a constant stream of mouth-watering cakes - is made in store and Bits Bake Shop also serve a daily selection of savouries such as frittatas and cheese toasties (vegan cheese toasties are also available as well as vegan zines for sale).

The customers include a lot of regulars: "we get a good mix here: office workers, students and those coming from the gym opposite at the Commonwealth Pool" adds Ashley.

With the foot of Arthur Seat (and the Innocent Railway path) a few minutes away, it also makes a nice place to visit before or after a walk.

More: Bits Bake Shop website

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