A short list of espresso spots in Edinburgh

When I lived in Edinburgh ‘99-’03, the choice of good espresso spots was a lot more limited: Gran Cafe, Elephant House and maybe one or two more.

Now there’s a panoply to choose from:

The Milkman – next to the station
Toddle In, 7 Cockburn St, Edinburgh EH1 1BP

Brew Lab Coffee – near the Old College
6-8 S College St, Edinburgh EH8 9AA

Machina Espresso – just down the road from Brew Lab
80 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9EW

Artisan Roast – on the edge of New Town
57 Broughton St, Edinburgh EH1 3RJ

Dovecot Cafe by Leo’s – nice gallery here
Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary St, Edinburgh

Cult Espresso
104 Buccleuch St
Edinburgh EH8 9NG

Find even more here…

Book cover: Scottish Independent Coffee Guide No2

Eight spots near #IABC17

Filter Coffeehouse & Espresso Bar – just a short walk from the venue
1916 I St NW, Washington, D.C.
https://goo.gl/maps/H1mJFrhb12A2 

Keren – Excellent Ethiopian restaurant
1780 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C.
https://goo.gl/maps/S1N9DJWP3Gm

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe – buy all the books, skip the cafe, head for the bar
1517 Connecticut Ave NW (at Q St NW), Washington, D.C.
https://goo.gl/maps/21pDCWBbK9B2 

Columbia Station – Nearest jazz bar… 
2325 18th St NW (Belmont), Washington, D.C.
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Tryst – ’No corporate coffee, no matching silverware
2459 18th St NW (btwn Columbia Rd & Belmont Rd NW), Washington, D.C.
https://goo.gl/maps/DoXn5VhabsJ2

Le Diplomate – Look after your international relations & foreign affairs
1601 14th St NW (at Q St NW) Washington, D.C.
https://goo.gl/maps/P7qGvrGcpQT2

Left Door – Upstairs speakeasy
1345 S St NW (at 14th St NW), Washington, D.C.
https://goo.gl/maps/RbEgb9cgPan

Birds 1 Stone – Downstairs… 
1800 14th St NW (at S St NW), Washington, D.C.
https://goo.gl/maps/o47ZsVrMJQ12

Save the whole list to Foursquare.

P.S. In case you’re too busy for any of the above – and need to get some work done, then here’s a list of worthwhile co-working spaces (some distance away):

http://washington.impacthub.net/ 
http://opengovhub.org/ 

You can of course also sit with the yuppies at WeWork – there’s one of those across the street from the Hilton.

Four places in Camberwell

Silk Road – Noodles, dumplings and more from North West China
49 Camberwell Church St, Camberwell, London SE5 8TR|
https://goo.gl/maps/Rmqw6uUEFQM2

THEO’S – Wood-fired joy, whether pizza or panuozzo 
2 Grove Ln, Camberwell, London SE5 8SY
https://goo.gl/maps/xkAkjcrHKfx

Lumberjack Cafe – Quiet friendly corner for an espresso
70 Camberwell Church St, Camberwell, London SE5 8QZ
https://goo.gl/maps/qpAdJ3SPeJB2

No67 Cafe & Restaurant – Post-gallery brunch, lunch or dinner
67 Peckham Rd, London SE5 8UH
https://goo.gl/maps/yD39HfoUhvF2

Five things to do in NYC

1) Explore the East Village / Bowery etc.

– have a look at the Cooper Union – interesting architecture
– stop at The Bowery for fireside drinks
– and Death & Co for speakeasy cocktails
– and Backroom is on my list for when I’m next in town – and there are plenty more. A bit further south near Wall Street there’s Dead Rabbit which is also fun – and should have $1 oysters at happy hour.

2) Hang with the Hipsters

Coffee, oysters etc. in and around the ACE hotel 20W 29th St
http://www.acehotel.com/
– have cocktails in the lounge
– oysters at The John Dory
– and Stumptown Coffee is also nearby

3) Browse some great bookshops

Bluestockings is at the activist end of the scale – https://goo.gl/maps/A6759znbc5D2
Housing Works – https://goo.gl/maps/V4PW4TQ4ksm
McNally Jackson – https://goo.gl/maps/r1cVdYqC7xq

4) Grand Central Station grandeur

– For the architecture… and arguably the food, although, just hopping to Copenhagen might be easier in some ways… but as you’re going to NYC anyway.

5) Jazz

Smalls on 183 West 10th Street is wonderful.

P.S. And don’t forget the Staten Island Ferry! http://www.siferry.com/
P.P.S. Some additional espresso stops here if you need.

Suspended espresso in Christchurch

There’s much good coffee to be had in New Zealand. I only made a brief stop in Christchurch so the lists of places that ‘got away’ is longer than the list of those visited. Always nice to have something stored up for next time.

And on that note – whilst it is in a different sense stored up – this was also the first place I’ve come across that actively advertises the opportunity to ‘suspend an espresso’: A mouse called bean – incidentally, excellent espresso.

 

Things to do in Dubai

// Get a view from the ground

You’ll be in a cultural desert – meaning, the culture is in the desert, so do get yourself out there… and if you can set aside the ecological paradox that this city is for a moment, get yourself to one of the water parks.

It is also worthwhile to make a quick stop at the Dubai City Museum (Google Maps) – it is only small – and it helps give a good overview of how much the city has changed in the last fifty-sixty years or so.

And try the metro to get a lengthwise view of this sprawling desert experiment…

Dubai Metro rushthrough

// Culinary & Coffee

There’s plenty of local local food to be had in and around the Gold Souk (Google Maps). Also, have Qahva and dates.

And if you’re in one of the high-rise areas, far from the old town, a Cafe Bateel should have you covered for your Arabic Coffee needs. And if you want a high-end interpretation of local dishes, try Seven Sands (Google Maps).

// Get a view from above

Have a leisurely lounge beverage on the 122nd floor: At.mosphere @ Burj Khalifa (best to book). Look down and see how much things will have changed already…

View from the 122nd floor

And whilst you’re there, check out the times for the Dubai Fountain and take in the show.

And don’t forget to look up now and again too…

#frombelow for a change…

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