Student Venues: Best Coffee and Cafes

The cafes and coffee shops in which to chill out or get extremely caffeinated, take your pick

Article by Nadia Younes and Peter Simpson | 11 Sep 2018

Artisan Roast
15-17 Gibson St, Glasgow; 100A Raeburn Pl, 57 Broughton St & 138 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh
Stop right there, sleepy student. Stop going to all those boring chain coffee churners. Artisan Roast's beans are roasted in-house, it’s comfy, the resident bakers’ treats are truly scrumptious, plus their cafes happen to keep popping up in student hotbeds in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Ooh, and there’s tea, too.

Baba Budan
Arch 12, 17 East Market St, Edinburgh
Baba Budan specialises in artisan coffee and freshly baked doughnuts from its wee cove in the New Waverley Arches by the train station. Also nestled into these renovated arches you'll find meaty haven Chop House and various places in which to get your haircut.

The Bach
31 Meadowside, Dundee
A slice of New Zealand cafe culture in the heart of Dundee, The Bach is inspired by the Kiwi holiday homes of the same name. Once you make your way in, you'll find a cracking flat white, great all-day food, and a selection of imported Antipodean goodies.

Brew Lab
6-8 South College St, Edinburgh
Great coffee, outrageous sandwiches and soups, and cakes and teas from some of Edinburgh’s best producers all find a home at Brew Lab.

Cult Espresso
104 Buccleuch St, Edinburgh
Interested in speciality coffee but don’t want to have to pretend you understand what a pour-over is? That’s okay – the charming fellows at Cult will whip you up something, sans smugness. Top lads.

105 Fountainbridge, Edinburgh
Dinky little cafe just off Lothian Road, all dark wood, exposed brickwork and old school desks. Head down for delicious cakes and pastries, coffee from Steampunk roastery, and chill-ass vibes.

Filament Coffee
38 Clerk St, Edinburgh
Filament’s a brilliant modern coffee bar halfway between Summerhall and The Pleasance, just off the Meadows but not far from Pollock Halls either. Grab a flat white, get your bearings, and get your day moving.

Laboratorio Espresso
93 West Nile St, Glasgow
With only a few tables and chairs, in true Italian style, it’s very much a grab and go kind of place in a good spot for those of you dashing to Glasgow Caledonian or Strathclyde in the morning.

Machina Espresso
80 Nicolson St & 2 Brougham Pl, Edinburgh
Slick design and extensive caffeine-making expertise are the name of the game at Machina, with cafes at the Tollcross and Newington ends of the Meadows. No excuse for feeling sleepy on your walk in the park.

302 Perth Rd, Dundee
Prime Perth Road location, interesting menu, nice chairs, a charming name – Pacamara's where to go when you've had enough of sitting in the library.

603 Great Western Rd, Glasgow
Papercup Coffee is the bean to your craving if you will. A cut above the other coffee shops claiming to have highly trained baristas and excellent coffee, it's a must if you've got caffeine on the brain.

38 Nithsdale Rd, Glasgow
Brimming with culinary invention, Pot Luck on Nithsdale Road is the place to go for brunch in Glasgow's southside with a dash of something different. Also, it's a must for the Instagram.