where to sip: Leo’s @ Dovecot Gallery

coffee, lifestyle, travel

 

Enter: my love for delicious coffee and aesthetically pleasing spaces. This post is part of an on-going series about where to sip in Edinburgh.

We have been going to Leo’s for a long time now. Loyal to the Frederick Street location, we have branched out to their other location at Dovecot Gallery.

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Dovecot is a hub for contemporary art, craft and design. They host workspaces, display exhibitions and sell beautiful made-in-Britain crafts, visual art and knits.

Five minutes in this space and my creative juices are flowing and I instantly want to get crafting something or find myself day-dreaming of a DIY project. Hand-woven wall hanging anyone? Here is a beauty.

The space is bright and eclectic.

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I love all of the contemporary materials used to decorate the space. Bright spools of thick Scottish thread and wall hangings by local artists. The space feels collaborative- like it brings people together. Leo’s does it right with the space and by serving up the best artisan coffee, sandwiches, salads + cakes.

We LOVE this café because it is…

  • Bright + welcoming
  • Artsy + sleek
  • Friendly staff
  • Delicious coffee
  • Locals love it but not overly crowded
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Popular menu picks:

  • Speciality coffee, [Hands On and other guest roasters]
  • Perfectly baked homemade pastries + cake, with an excellent gluten free range. Try the award winning GF brownie!
  • Selection of fine loose-leaf teas
  • Sandwich selection [Bagels from The Bearded Baker, Edinburgh] The avocado-pesto-cream cheese GF bagel is outta this world.

The space is airy and clean. I like to sit with a book and then par-ooze the Dovecot Gallery shop and exhibits. There is no wifi at this location, which I can appreciate. So take a book, take a person and take the opportunity to enjoy some non-screen time.

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Location: City Centre, off of Nicholson Street near Old College. Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary St, Edinburgh

Hours: Mon-Fri [9-5pm] Saturday [10-5pm] Closed Sundays

Websites: dovecotstudios.com and leosbeanery.co.uk 

If you are staying in or visiting Edinburgh be sure to have a late morning or afternoon with Leo’s @ Dovecot. You will be glad that you did.

Have a great weekend!

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where to sip: Fieldwork Cafe

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Enter: my love for delicious coffee and aesthetically pleasing spaces: an on-going series about where to sip in Edinburgh.

Fieldwork is a work of art in itself.

The space is calming and elegant. I love all of the mixed materials; exposed stone, natural wood, soft lighting through the large front window + delicate gold finishes. The space brings the outdoors in, embellished with tree branches as wall art, dried flowers spread throughout and potted plants hanging overhead.

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We LOVE this shop because it is:

  • Woodsy + whimsical
  • Cozy + welcoming
  • Intimate
  • Friendly and accommodating staff
  • Beautiful home-baked selection

Popular menu picks:

  • Speciality coffee, [Steampunk Coffee, North Berwick]
  • The most lovely homemade pastries + cakey things
  • Selection of fine loose-leaf teas + hot chocolates [Chocolate Tree, Edinburgh]

The space is versatile. I have gone in with a book, met a friend and her little boy and have spent time working on my laptop. It is quaint but not tiny. I love working here and always feel productive and refreshed when I leave. It is also a favourite weekend treat for a coffee date. We can also appreciate their effort to source local ingredients and offer a few vegan and GF options.  

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Location: On the west edge of city centre, just off Lothian Road @ 105 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh EH3 9QE

Hours: Monday – Friday [8am – 5pm] Saturday [10am-5pm]+ Sunday [11am -5pm]

Website: www.fieldworkcafe.co.uk

If you are staying in or visiting Edinburgh, treat yourself to Fieldwork.  You will be glad you did.

Have a great weekend!

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where to sip: Leo’s Beanery

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I do not miss job hunting. It took me 3+ months to find work when we moved to Scotland.

It was a discouraging season. We had all the excitement and anticipation of moving but we were blowing through our savings at a rapid rate. My primary job was to look for a job. We decided to combat our discouragement with a little remedy. A nice latte on Friday mornings was our cure for the week.

This was our ritual. For three months. Leo’s Beanery on Friday mornings. Leo’s was our safe place. It was and still is the place that we leave our worries at the door and focus on the good things.

Perhaps you too, have a coffee shop that is more than a coffee shop.

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We LOVE this shop because it is:

  • Cozy
  • Woody + warm
  • Friendly staff
  • Antiquey
  • “Hygge”

I now work on Friday mornings but Leo’s will always be at the top of our day-off list. We cannot get enough of their coffee, GF bagel sandwiches and home-baking. Being in Leo’s cozy basement shop is like the feeling you get while enjoying a relaxing chat and cuppa in someone’s home.

Popular menu picks:

  • Lattes (go vegan with the oat milk, so delicious!)
  • Wide range of loose leaf teas
  • Homemade granola (my mother-in-law was obsessed)
  • Award-winning GF brownies
  • Homemade fruit + savoury scones
  • GF Bagel sandwiches (from the Bearded Baker)
  • Local Scottish produce

Their location on Howe street is wonderfully warm. There are black and white family photos on the walls and glass jars adorning their pantry shelves.  It is hygee, a Danish way of life,  the perfect retreat from the winter blues and the hustle and bustle.

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Locations: The first location is a charming, basement level shop in New Town located at23A Howe St, Edinburgh EH3 6TF.

They have two more locations (posts to follow). A quaint shop with a beautiful rustic/Restoration Hardwood feel at Leo + Teds in Tollcross and the airy and artsy location, Leo’s at Dovecot Studios in Old Town.

Hours: Monday – Friday [8am – 5pm] Saturday  [9-5] + Sunday [10 -6]

If you are staying in or visiting Edinburgh, visit this welcoming family-run cafe. You will not regret it.

Have a great weekend and happy sipping!

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where to sip: Cairngorm Coffee Co

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I still remember the first time I walked into a coffee shop as a complete newbie. I remember feeling totally dumbfounded as to what to order.

I was a senior in high-school, coffee seemed intimidating, so I ordered hot chocolate and tucked myself into a leathery corner with my latest copy of Seventeen magazine. I continued to order hot-chocolate until my college roommate introduced me to coffeeeeeeeee.

Enter: my love for delicious coffee and aesthetically pleasing spaces: a new series about where to sip in Edinburgh.

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Cairngorm is the least pretentious coffee shop around and you will not feel like 17-year old me. The concept at Cairngorm is simple.

We LOVE this shop because it is:

  • Bright + Airy
  • Scandi-decor
  • Friendly
  • Fun menu
  • Bold in flavour
  • You can count on a fab playlist
  • Seriously delicious

We cannot get enough of their coffee, treats, perfect work spaces and natural light. This shop has everything to love, including avocado toast and their famous grilled cheese sandwiches.

 

Popular menu picks:

  • Guest filter coffee
  • Craft espresso
  • V60
  • Iced brew
  • Homemade granola
  • Grilled Cheese – [I.J. Mellis cheese + chilli jam]
  • Avocado Toast

The space is versatile. It can be a place for boss-lady business or a coffee date with someone dear. The set up makes for a productive environment to spread out that morning paper or linger with a novel. It is our special weekend retreat and really any moment we are not at work.

 

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Locations: The first location is a cosy, basement level shop in New Town located at 41A Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 1EP. The second shop is in Edinburgh’s West End at 1 Melville Place, Edinburgh, EH3 7PR.

Hours: Monday – Friday [8am – 6pm] Saturday + Sunday [9am -6pm]

If you are staying in or visiting Edinburgh, visit this gem. You won’t regret it.

Have a great weekend!

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