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

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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.

 

Baltimore’s arguable best…

Espresso

 

Argosy – warm, welcoming – and a double shot you’ll remember
7 N Calvert St
Baltimore MD 21202
https://goo.gl/maps/8dh4rhP9Rnz

Artifact – worth the ride out of town…
1500 Union Ave
Baltimore MD 21211

Seafood

Thames Street Oyster House – extensive oyster selection, divine lobster roll…
1728 Thames St
Baltimore, MD 21231
https://goo.gl/maps/53MXRrpQX522

Craft ales

The Brewer’s Art
1106 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 2120
https://goo.gl/maps/gACidrwPnrT2

Max’s Taphouse – noisy place, extensive selection
737 S Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21231
https://goo.gl/maps/G5AdcVDDwEB2

A short list of worthwhile spots in Denver

Excellent espresso

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Huckleberry – two roasts on choice – excellent service with either
4301 Pecos St
Denver CO 80211
https://goo.gl/maps/8HpmXT6xSUJ2

Novo – more top-notch espresso and service 
1600 Glenarm Place
Denver CO 80202
https://goo.gl/maps/u3Xsud9Q3F62

Crema Coffeehouse – if you don’t mind the queue
2862 Larimer Street
Denver CO 80205
https://goo.gl/maps/ZuFkcAW3tSF2 

Carefully crafted ales

Station 26 – ‘for you for all ‘ – in a nice old fire station 
7045 E 38th Ave
Denver CO 80207
https://goo.gl/maps/vwidYNTY4n12

BSB
3719 Walnut Street
Denver CO 80205
https://goo.gl/maps/6hjQYE4oun82

Wynkoop – lively place, good selection
1634 18th Street
Denver, CO 80202
https://goo.gl/maps/FhrrwAvdgkz

The Terminal Bar
Union Station
1701 Wynkoop Strett
Denver CO 80202
https://goo.gl/maps/TSb2TautbVn 

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