12 Leven Street | Edinburgh EH3 9LG
Phone: 0131 261 8067
Every once in a while, a cafe pops up in town and it feels like it's been there forever; that's certainly the case for Jeelie Piece in Edinburgh's Tollcross.
This family-run venture, led by mother and daughter Vivian and Kate Macdonald, has all the makings of a lovely local coffee shop – nae-fuss soups and sandwiches, delicious hot options, scrumptious cakes and of course, lovingly-prepared bevvies. The thing that makes this place special, however, is what it brings to the local community. As well as sourcing all their ingredients from local farms and producers, the cafe also functions as a performance space for musicians and artists. The capacity may be wee (you can just about squish 30 in) but this makes for a lovely intimate Sunday acoustic sesh. The artwork is there to be viewed or bought, with all money going straight to the artist.
It's the type of place where you might pop in to get out of the rain, but could easily spend the afternoon distracted by the board games, books and magazines on offer. Better still, it's only a stone's throw away from the King's Theatre and Cameo Cinema, so makes for the perfect place to grab a light pre-show meal.