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

Baltimore’s arguable best…



Argosy – warm, welcoming – and a double shot you’ll remember
7 N Calvert St
Baltimore MD 21202

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


Thames Street Oyster House – extensive oyster selection, divine lobster roll…
1728 Thames St
Baltimore, MD 21231

Craft ales

The Brewer’s Art
1106 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 2120

Max’s Taphouse – noisy place, extensive selection
737 S Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21231

A short list of worthwhile spots in Denver

Excellent espresso


Huckleberry – two roasts on choice – excellent service with either
4301 Pecos St
Denver CO 80211

Novo – more top-notch espresso and service 
1600 Glenarm Place
Denver CO 80202

Crema Coffeehouse – if you don’t mind the queue
2862 Larimer Street
Denver CO 80205

Carefully crafted ales

Station 26 – ‘for you for all ‘ – in a nice old fire station 
7045 E 38th Ave
Denver CO 80207

3719 Walnut Street
Denver CO 80205

Wynkoop – lively place, good selection
1634 18th Street
Denver, CO 80202

The Terminal Bar
Union Station
1701 Wynkoop Strett
Denver CO 80202

Four places in Prague worth a visit


EMA espresso bar – top tier espresso
Na Florenci 1420/3
110 00 Praha 1

ART&FOOD – live music and lovely atmosphere
Had Plaská 617/4
150 00 Praha 5

Hemingway Bar – nice little speakeasy
Karoliny Světlé 26
110 00 Praha 1

…but you might of course have come for the beer – can’t blame you. The Czech have a lot to answer for on that front. Here’s a brewery tap:

U Medvídků
Na Perštýně 345/7
110 01 Praha 1

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Three unexpected espresso stops in Frankfurt


Kaffeerösterei Stern Wissmüller – roasting since ‘48 – and a nice backyard to sit and enjoy in
Leipziger Str. 39
60487 Frankfurt am Main

Augenblick Kaffee & Co – excellent espresso – and fried egg sandwiches
Mainzer Landstraße 65
60329 Frankfurt am Main

Klein und Main – nice spot to watch the world go by 
Moselstraße 10
60329 Frankfurt

…and a few further culinary stops:

Café Hauptwache – if you are going to have a Frankfurter then why not here
An der Hauptwache 15
60313 Frankfurt am Main

moriki – good spot to sit on the terrace – and have some miso
Taunusanlage 12
60325 Frankfurt am Main

da Cimino – a decent wood-fired pizza at a fair price (cash only)
Adalbertstraße 29
60486 Frankfurt am Main

Five fab culinary spots in Florence


Signorvino – ravioli with a view… and try the Brunello flight
Via de Bardi, 46R
50125 Firenze

La Divina Enoteca – well assorted spot for the oenophile near the old market
Via Panicale, 19/R
50123 Firenze

Lo Sverso – local craft brews and biodynamic wine – near La Divina…
Via Panicale 7-9
50123 Firenze

Icche c’e c’e – a traditional back-street trattoria
Via dei Magalotti
50122 Firenze

Sandwichic – small local deli in an old tailor’s shop – have one of their charcuterie boards, a glass of house red for next to nothing – and grab a stool outside and take it all in
Via S. Gallo, 3
50129 Firenze

…and the ones that got away this time:

accà ristopizzaperitivo – closed for the holidays (alas)
Via Pisana, 120R
50124 Firenze

Le Volpi e l’Uva – for one more bicchiere…
Piazza dei Rossi
50125 Firenze

+ more of the many interesting places on Piazza Santo Spirito – a squareful of less touristy – and seemingly worthwhile establishments. Also, an Eataly, whichever city it is in, is generally worth a brief visit. The Firenze one is here.

…and last but not least, here’s a wortwhile culinary app for you:


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Three culinary spots in Milano

Ratanà – the home of larger-than-life chef Cesare Battisti (and some worthhile photography too)
Via Gaetano de Castillia, 28,
IT-20124 Milano

Fonderie Milanesi – *literally* a hidden gem (keep going through the courtyard)

Via Giovenale
IT-720136 Milano

Il Mercato del Duomo – giving Eataly a run for its money? 
Piazza del Duomo
IT-20121 Milano

Also, if you are attending EXPO2015, be sure to stop by the Slow Food Pavillion. Enjoy. 

A short list of espresso spots near #IABC15

Blue Bottle Coffee – these folk are of the reliable kind
66 Mint Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94103

Elite Audio Systems & Coffee – dual purpose outfit, but why not?
893 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94107

Special Xtra – Blue Bottle Coffee Retailer – Mon-Fri hole in the wall 
46 Minna St
San Francisco, CA 94108

Enjoy. If you’re looking for something a bit further afield, check out this longer list from earlier.

A quick list of worthwhile espresso spots in Toronto

There’s more good coffee in Toronto than this perhaps, but this is not a bad set of places to start…

Dineen Coffee Co. – beautiful building, amazing espresso
140 Yonge StToronto, ON M5C 2L7


Caffé Artigiano – service with a smile and free WiFi
67 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M5E 1J8

Balzac’s Coffee Roasters – a useful back-up – more than one location
10 Market St
Toronto, ON M5E 1M6

Fairgrounds Cafe – OK, so it isn’t in Toronto per-se – quirky, worth a visit 
1106 Ogden Ave
Mississauga, ON L5E 1K3


The ones I didn’t manage to visit on this occasion but I’d like to check out next time I’m in town:

London: all the caffeine & culinary apps you need

If you’re visiting London for #Eurocomm – or perhaps just visiting London in general, here’s a quick round-up of the top caffeine & culinary apps for downloading to your phone before you depart…

A brief preamble before we get stuck in

Maps, maps, maps
There’s a virtue in being lost from time to time, but if you’re short of time, then you may want to cache a London map onto your phone. You can do this with Google Maps – simply zoom to the area you want to keep and type ‘ok maps’ in the search bar. That should more or less take care of it. See the Google Maps help pages if you run into trouble.

Getting from A to B
Cycling is always fastest and there are Boris bike points throughout the centre of town (and here’s a handy iOS app for that) and lots has been done to make London more legible for walkers. Should you feel compelled to use the underground, be sure to follow @tfltravelalerts – and if you need a cab, book ahead using Kabbee – in fact, here’s £10 off code for your first use: PUEZFDget the app here.

Now onto the actual guide:


The good people a Blue Crow Media have a handy app that covers a lot of the top coffee joints across the city: App Store | Google Play | Website.


That’s a lot of choice though. If you’re a Foursquare / Swarm user then you may want to rely on what your friends have rated – or perhaps a curated list like this: London’s (arguably) Best Coffee.


If you’re attending Eurocomm, then here’s a long list of worthwhile /quirky eateries near London College of Communication.

If you’re looking for more specific suggestions based on cuisine (and less geographically bound), then here are a couple of curated lists ready made for Foursquare users:

App-wise, here are some favourites – that work for London – and well beyond:


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