Edinburgh Eats: Must-Try Bakeries & Sweets

With artisanal bakeries, charming cafes, and award-winning cakes, Edinburgh is a fantastic place to indulge in a decadent treat (or seven).

The following is a list of my favourite spots in the city to visit if you’re looking for a little something sweet—whether it’s cupcakes, macarons, gelato, or hot chocolate.

The Chocolate Tree

The Chocolate Tree is Edinburgh’s only bean to bar chocolate maker, AKA a chocolate lover’s dream.

Along with ethically sourced, organic chocolate bars, they also have a small cafe with artisanal chocolates, cakes and pastries, and spiced and flavoured hot chocolate. The chocolate shot (a small cup of pure, melted craft chocolate) is divine.

The Chocolate Tree Edinburgh
Mary’s Milk Bar

Thanks to features in a few Buzzfeed articles, you’ll often see queues stretching out the door and down the street at this small gelateria.

The gelato is worth the hype, though—it’s freshly made with quality ingredients and ever-changing flavours. Some of my favourites include pear and gorgonzola, Thai iced tea, fried bananas in butter, and goat cheese and honey.

They also have famous hot chocolate floats, made with flavoured hot chocolate and a scoop of gelato. The best part? You can choose from 30 different flavour combinations, like dark chocolate hot chocolate with salted caramel ice cream, or white chocolate and cardamom hot chocolate with a scoop of rose gelato.

Mary's Milk Bar Edinburgh

Cuckoo’s Bakery

If you’re craving a cupcake in Edinburgh, Cuckoo’s is the place you want to visit. Their raspberry and white chocolate and black bottom cupcakes have won the title of ‘Best Cake in Scotland’ two years in a row.

Alongside their award-winning and classic flavours, they feature weekly specials, like peanut butter ganache and raspberry mojito.

Cuckoos Bakery EdinburghMademoiselle Macaron

I generally prefer savoury over sweet. But, there are handful of desserts I’d happily eat all day, every day—and macarons are one of them. So it’s no surprise Mademoiselle Macaron is one of my favourite cafes in Edinburgh.

I’m no macaron expert by any means, but these macarons are delicious. They’re perfectly crisp on the outside with a soft, chewy centre. Plus, they’re not overly sweet.

The elderflower, Earl Grey tea, and Hendrick’s gin are a few of my favourite flavours. The Innis and Gunn flavour is surprisingly tasty as well.

Not only are the macarons delicious, but their other Parisian-inspired treats are fabulous as well—particularly the Paris-Brest (a light pastry filled with cream and Nutella).

Mademoiselle Macaron Edinburgh Mademoiselle Macaron Edinburgh

Soderberg & Peter’s Yard

Soderberg and Peter’s Yard are artisanal Swedish bakeries, both located within the Quarter Mile area (along with a few other locations around the city).

They offer a range of Scandinavian-inspired breads and pastries, including almond tarts, freshly baked rye, and parsnip cake, but I’d highly recommend trying their signature cardamom buns.

The Aromatic, sweet and savoury flavour makes for a uniquely delicious pastry that’s unlike anything I’ve tried before.

Soderberg Cardamom Bun EdinburghLovecrumbs

I love the ambiance and decor (and the treats, of course) in Lovecrumbs—a quirky little cafe close to the Grassmarket.

You’ll find a selection of different cakes alongside everything from tarts and scones to brownies, pastries, cookies, and more.

Most of their cake flavour combinations are super unique, with ingredients you wouldn’t necessarily expect, like salted caramel and rosemary or white chocolate and pink peppercorn, for example. There’s plenty of delicious classics as well.

Lovecrumbs Edinburgh

Mimi’s Bakehouse

Mimi’s is arguably the mother of all bakeries in Edinburgh; their sweets are elaborate and decadent, and the portion sizes are massive. (The chocolate caramel fudge brownie pictured below was roughly the size of my face.)

They also offer breakfast and lunch, and beforenoon tea—a breakfast version of afternoon tea complete with bacon sandwiches, dulce de leche pancakes, and mini muffins.

Mimi's Bakery Edinburgh

Twelve Triangles 

This cozy little cafe offers freshly baked bread, focaccia, croissants, and their main draw: doughnuts.

These doughnuts are soft and pillowy, filled with gourmet ingredients like pistachio custard, chocolate hibiscus, and peanut butter and cream cheese.

I stalked their Instagram heard they were offering a pumpkin cheesecake flavour one day, but they had sold out by the time I arrived. So, I settled for passionfruit ricotta instead—which was every bit delicious as it sounds.

Twelve Triangles Edinburgh

Have you been to any of these bakeries/cafes? 

5 Comments

  1. I love the Chocolate Tree!!!! I lived 5 mins from it for two years and it was such a treat! Also agree on Mary’s Milk bar – we went back this year and I couldn’t believe the queue. Totally worth it though.

    Mademoiselle Macaron and Lovecrumbs are two I haven’t checked out…so will add them to my list for my next visit!

    One recommendation if you haven’t already been: Clarinda’s tearoom. So cute.

    1. The Chocolate Tree is amazing, eh?! And I miss the days when I could visit Mary’s Milk Bar without waiting in a massive queue! But it’s definitely worth the wait.

      Thanks so much for the recommendation! I’ll have to check out Clarinda’s tea room 🙂

  2. Oh. My. Word. Edinburgh wasn’t high on my itinerary list but this post changes *everything*. I am this close to jumping on a flight just to get at those sweets.

    P.S., the composition of your pictures is enviable.

    1. Glad I’ve managed to convince you enough to want hop on a plane to Edinburgh, Daphne! And thanks so much for the composition compliment! 🙂

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