The best coffee shops in Scotland

We can’t start our day without a proper coffee fix. It wakes us up, gives us a hug and makes us feel motivated to take on the day.

Whether you’re drinking for the caffeine kick or for the intense aromatic flavour, our list of the best coffee shops in Scotland will keep you coming back for more. These are some of the best independent coffee shops across Scotland, and if you’ve never visited before, we must insist you rectify that immediately! 

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Kings Coffee & Books

With a passion for all things coffee, Kings strive hard to bring the very best java to Dumfries.  With passionate baristas behind the counter and a delicious menu to enjoy, coffee connoisseurs will feel right at home here.

12 Queensberry Street, Dumfires, Dumfriesshire, DG1 1EX - kings-online.co.uk

The Mainstreet trading Company

Surrounded by gorgeous books and serving up exceptional coffee, Mainstreet is a destination in itself. Visit here for great books and coffee, and make sure to explore their wonderfully curated deli shop and homewares section.

MainStreet, St Boswells, Melrose, Scottish Borders, TD6 0AT - mainstreetbooks.co.uk

Edinburgh Brew Lab

Brew Lab has it all: meticulously brewed single-origin coffee on filter, espresso and brew. As well as serving up artisanal food with a focus on local provenance, there’s also craft beer and natural wine.  This is a one-stop-shop for all your hydration needs, perfect for great coffee and chat. 

6-8 South College Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AA - https://www.brewlabcoffee.co.uk

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Grain & Grind

A beautifully relaxed environment where you can enjoy an all day dining experience, Grain & Grind strive to serve up excellent coffee to every one of their loyal customers. With 20 years experience under their belt these guys know their stuff, and you can even buy your favourite roast to brew at home.

50 Battlefield Road, Glasgow, G42 9QF - grainandgrind.co.uk

The Bach

This Kiwian home-away-from-home allows you to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A divine food menu is also available, alongside locally roasted coffee beans using a variety of brewing methods.

31 Albert Square, Meadowside, Dundee, DD1 1DJ - the-bach.com

Photo: Grain & Grind

Photo: Grain & Grind

Unorthodox Roasters 

Travellers at heart, Unorthodox was born after a 10 month Latin American adventure. Now roasting coffee for a living and serving it up in Kinross and Stirling, Unorthodox offer a wealth of knowledge, character and coffee packed with attitude. 

12 Friars Street, Stirling, FK8 1HA - unorthodoxroasters.co.uk

Figment Coffee Company

A modern space with natural light pouring in, this place has the most bright and happy vibe. All the coffee is brewed on-site in small batches and served up by expert baristas so you can count on a consistently wonderful cup of coffee!

70 Countesswells Road, Aberdeen, AB15 7YJ - figmentcoffee.co.uk