Something of an institution in Edinburgh, you’ll never find Black Medicine Coffee empty. It’s in a fantastic location, a stone’s throw from the university and only ten minutes from the city centre. Plus, rumour has it that JK Rowling wrote some of the first chapters of Harry Potter in this very building.
If you’re walking down Nicolson Street, you’ll struggle to miss it – the dark brooding Native American decor can be seen from the street corner, with totem poles and glimpses of natural wooden tables visible through the windows.
Of course, the whole voodoo mystique is comprimised somewhat by the usual crowd of hipsters typing away on their MacBooks!
The great thing about Black Medicine Coffee is that there is plenty of seating available, meaning that you’ll always find somewhere to perch even if it is quite busy.
Like most standard coffee shops, you order your drink at the bar and the barista quickly rustles it up for you. There’s also a decent selection of cakes and pastries to tempt you, or you can order a sandwich or panini if you fancy a spot of lunch.
Last time I was there, I ordered the Hazelnut cappuccino which came dusted with chocolate and a little cute biscuit on the side. I really enjoyed the coffee and its just as good as, if not better than, the usual coffee chains that you find in Edinburgh and everywhere else.
With the cosy interior and decent range of hot drinks available, Black Medicine Coffee Co. is the ideal place to relax and recharge after a hard day exploring the Old Town.
You will find Black Medicine Coffee Co. on Nicolson Street, just opposite the Festival Theatre. You can get there via the 3, 5, 7, 8, 14, 29, 30, 31, 33, 37 and 49, or just walk up North Bridge and keep going until you see it on the left hand side.