Some Edinburgh New Town cafes that are good for gluten free:
Cairngorm Mountain Café
Down some stairs on the north side of Frederick Street, this little place is great. Rustic interiors, but ipads set into some benches, so you can have a quick surf. The menu options don’t look very gluten free, but ask and they will make you up a salad. Coffee is good and this place has a nice vibe.
41A Frederick Street
EH2 1EP – www.cairngormcoffee.co.uk
Right next door to Cairngorm, your eye will be caught by the bright colours of Eteaket tearooms. A huge choice of teas (though if I am honest, I just like ordinary tea…) and some cakes and sandwiches, including gluten free bread and often a cake or two, this is a nice place for a good chat with friends. Don’t be tempted by the afternoon tea, which will never compete with that Signet Library one, but if you want a stop-off and a bite to eat, this is fun!
And for those of you visiting from abroad: I find the name difficult too!
41 Frederick Street
EH2 1EP – www.eteaket.co.uk
0131 226 2982
This tiny place on the corner of Hanover Street and George Street does some of the best coffee in Edinburgh. There is often a gluten free cake option, though they are close to the non-GF, so beware. But it is a great little place with a buzz and the tables spill out into the outside, so you might be lucky to get a seat, but don’t count on it!
33A George Street
0131 225 6854
I had to include Caffeine Drip as it is my husband’s favourite place and he brings me home gluten free treats from them regularly – and they are tasty. A busy place at the West End of the New Town and with great quality coffee and, of course, good cakes!
10 Melville Place
EH3 7PR – www.thecaffeinedrip.co.uk
A canteen style veggie eatery which feels like a 70s throwback, but which serves good wholesome food in large portions, Henderson’s is a good stop-off for tourist fuel. Grab your tray, choose your meal and pudding and then wander off, school canteen-style, to your table. Henderson’s is subterranean, so a good place to go on a rare warm summer day, though it is often really busy at lunchtime. As a wholefood store and restaurant, there are good gluten free options, though it is all crammed into the buffet, so watch carefully. Upstairs is a little takeaway/deli which stocks GF biscuits and gluten free meals. Round the corner is a more formal restaurant.
94 Hanover St
EH2 1DR – www.hendersonsofedinburgh.co.uk
0131 225 2131