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…

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 

Four places in Prague worth a visit

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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

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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

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Signorvino – ravioli with a view… and try the Brunello flight
Via de Bardi, 46R
50125 Firenze
http://goo.gl/maps/gZzAr

La Divina Enoteca – well assorted spot for the oenophile near the old market
Via Panicale, 19/R
50123 Firenze
http://goo.gl/maps/mxcbw

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
http://goo.gl/maps/SJsdz

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
http://goo.gl/maps/370O8

…and the ones that got away this time:

accà ristopizzaperitivo – closed for the holidays (alas)
Via Pisana, 120R
50124 Firenze
http://goo.gl/maps/fk6CN

Le Volpi e l’Uva – for one more bicchiere…
Piazza dei Rossi
50125 Firenze
http://goo.gl/maps/ziqu6

+ 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:

http://planet.slowfood.com/

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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
http://goo.gl/maps/cpFsE

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

Via Giovenale
IT-720136 Milano
https://goo.gl/maps/c84uM

Il Mercato del Duomo – giving Eataly a run for its money? 
Piazza del Duomo
IT-20121 Milano
https://goo.gl/maps/O153g

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
https://goo.gl/maps/ORKDu

Elite Audio Systems & Coffee – dual purpose outfit, but why not?
893 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94107
https://goo.gl/maps/YDIyM

Special Xtra – Blue Bottle Coffee Retailer – Mon-Fri hole in the wall 
46 Minna St
San Francisco, CA 94108
https://goo.gl/maps/WjbFk 

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
https://goo.gl/maps/IcCa0

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Caffé Artigiano – service with a smile and free WiFi
67 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M5E 1J8
https://goo.gl/maps/kG4HP

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
https://goo.gl/maps/BFCfx

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

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