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  • “We also got the healthy breakfast which was yoghurt, granola and fruit, also tasty, also fresh.” in 9 reviews

    Good For: Breakfast

  • “Morbidly, I always think of blood clots every time I'm plastering some on my scones...” in 8 reviews

  • “If you want the same great coffee, drop into Wellingtons on the corner of Hanover and George Sts in the New Town.” in 5 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    10/9/2012 Updated review
    20 check-ins here

    Big up to Kiliminjaro. They're really popular, they've got a constant inflow of both regular locals, tourists and right now, the new student Freshers population. They have a solid menu, with their big Kili breakfast, breakfast rolls, scrambled eggs, as well as 4 different soups each day, sandwiches, and tasty cakes.

    So when I asked if I could have something that wasn't on the menu, and the server seemed a little weary, it was understandable. Y'see, I was after poached eggs with bacon and potato scones. Rather than scrambled egg on toast. So intead of saying "could I have the scrambled egg on toast, but instead of scrambled could they be poached? And instead of on toast could it be potato scones? And could it also come with bacon?" I thought I'd just be up front and ask.

    And then my friend heard what I was having, and asked for the same.

    And then when it came, it was beautifully presented, as if even more effort had been made to go into it. A little fan of spinach at the side of the plate. And the eggs were poached perfectly. It made my wee day.

    Kiliminjaro was always one of my go-tos for a breakfast, or roll, or just a coffee, in this part of town but this endeared me to them even more. Kudos.

    4.0 star rating
    17/5/2012 Previous review
    It doesn't have wifi. I use wifi a lot. For my job, likes. Yet I still choose to come here, get a… Read more
    4.0 star rating
    10/1/2012 Previous review
    It's been a long while since my first review of Kilimanjaro Coffee and an update is definitely… Read more
    3.0 star rating
    26/1/2011 Previous review
    I'd heard so many things about Kiliminjaro Coffee house that when the caffeine cravings kicked in,… Read more
  • 3.0 star rating
    7/6/2014

    Spinning my bike through Edinburgh, and looking for a good cup of coffee,...I find some good ratings for Kilimanjaro, so must give it a try.

    An Americano.  Double long shot.  
    Long Black.  40% La Serrania, Colombia; 40% Ayichesh, Ethiopia; 20% Santa Ana, Brazil.
    Some of those lemon, nutmeg, and persimmony notes that lover of lighter roasts love, but which, for this less witty tongue require a bit of milk to soften the pungency.  Doesn't embrace the chocolate, sienna darkness that I require in the morning, but a good cup nonetheless, especially if you're fond of tangier flavors.

    By the way, the scrambled eggs were perfectly cooked.  Along with the thick-cut freshly baked bread and bittersweet orange marmalade,....a pretty lovely way to start the day.

  • 4.0 star rating
    30/3/2014

    Kilimanjaro Coffee is a great little lunch spot when out and about in Newington and around the university. It's a  handy place to meet friends for lunch, grab some brunch or catch up over coffee.

    They do a scrummy Chai latte and always have a great selection of different soups (much more interesting than other lunchy places). They also do a tasty eggs benedict.

    As it's such a good spot for lunch, it does get very busy around lunchtime and can be hard to get a table. I suppose that's a good sign though!

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/11/2013
    2 check-ins here

    Spectacular breakfast plate. Was properly impressed and given so much food that I could not consume it all (see photo). Good cuppa to go along with it hit the spot perfectly.

    Will definitely be back here. I liked the look of the cakes too, though I didn't scoff any on my first visit.

    Only downside? Very, very busy at lunch time and practically had to shout in order to have a conversation, ooft! But pick a less hectic time of day and you're probably on for a winner.

  • 4.0 star rating
    3/10/2013
    1 check-in here

    I'm super-finicky about orange juice, but this morning as I bimbled aimlessly along the street, I had a bizarre and sudden craving for a big glass of the stuff. Boy, was I lucky to be on Nicolson Street when the craving descended: I definitely hit the right joint.

    This might seem an odd thing to rave about in a coffee shop but... the ORANGE JUICE, people. It tastes of ORANGES. When they say freshly squeezed, they absolutely mean it, and you only pay the same as you would for stuff from a carton or bottle in a restaurant. I'm seriously thinking of going back again just for another glass of the stuff.

    For those of you less inclined to be citrically overawed, there are of course other details. The service was jovial but unintrusive. The bacon was jolly good too. There's also more seating within than you might expect from a glance at the frontage; it's compact, but not crowded. At first, I was going to say that my pot of tea was fairly generous too, since it did me two and half cups, but the cup was actually weeny. Nonetheless, it's that juice that sticks in my mind like a jug of sunshine. Tasty, tasty sunshine.

  • 3.0 star rating
    12/9/2013
    1 check-in here

    Okay, going against popular opinion here, but I have to say it: for a coffee shop, Kilimanjaro's coffee options are limited. They don't do filter coffee! Just espresso and espresso-based drinks (ex, lattes, cappuccinos, mochas, Americanos). Which are quite good, but not what I'm looking for. (Parenthetically, I would be eternally grateful if anyone would recommend a good not-chain place for regular drip coffee in this town.)

    The vibe is fun, with mismatched chairs and pleasant baristas. I went at a not particularly busy time (9:30am, when most students are still asleep) and service was still slow: close to ten minutes to get lattes and some truly divine fresh-squeezed orange juice and forty minutes to get food. Their food is excellent. I ordered the vegetarian breakfast, which included grilled tomato, mushrooms, potato scone, a fried egg, vegetarian haggis (it was like a lentil patty, tasty if not particularly evocative of haggis), and a huge amount of delicious hearty bread, all for £6.20. The quality of the food warrants five stars: I'm taking one star off for slow service and the lack of filter coffee.

  • 4.0 star rating
    12/8/2013
    1 check-in here

    Aw, a nice spot for a nice breakfast.

    This is a very nice coffee shop and cafe. Order at the counter and then grab a seat behind it or down the long hallway filled with tables.

    We came at the height of Fringe Madness and was worried there wouldn't be a place to sit. There actually was a table, but it was crammed in between two others and we were four people. You take what you can get though. We were just about to sit when another bigger one opened and we snatched that.

    What I'm saying with that is, Killimanjaro has great turn over, even in the mouth of Fringe... so on a normal day, I'm betting you'll be fine.

    The food was excellent. Seriously excellent. We got the Killi Breakfast which for £6 came loaded with toast, eggs, potato scone, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes and more. All of it tasty and delicious. Woah. We also got the healthy breakfast which was yoghurt, granola and fruit, also tasty, also fresh.  

    Staff could use a little more cheer (but again, it was Fringe.) They forgot to bring out two of our meals and our waiter gave a frustrated look at us when we stopped him to ask if it was coming. But ah well.

    Besides that, great breakfast, great stop to stop and take a breather in Edinburgh.

  • 4.0 star rating
    13/2/2013
    1 check-in here

    I'd heard Kilimanjaro mentioned so many times over the years that when my friend suggested we meet here for coffee, my initial response was 'oh yeah, Kilimanjaro, I love that place!' soon followed by a sheepish 'so, um... where is it, again?'   It turned out that I'd never actually been here before, I just thought I had. Oops.

    That I managed NOT to come here for all these years is quite frankly astonishing, though. As a student I lived in Newington for two years, studied in George Square and made regular trips to the Tesco next door.  Someone please tell me how on earth I missed out on this place?

    Anyway, fortunately the situation has now been rectified and I spent a delightful few hours here with a decaf mocha (I am, sadly, not allowed the proper stuff), some pea and ham soup and a ridiculously oversized fruit scone.

    Now, my caffeine intolerance prohibits me from being any kind of coffee snob, so it is with absolutely no authority whatsoever that I tell you that this was the best mocha in the whole wide world.  It was so smooth and strong, the chocolate and coffee blending together perfectly, and wasn't too sweet either. I don't usually order mochas but when I do, they're normally much too milky and have a powdery taste from the hot chocolate. Not so here.  I'm pleased to see that other Yelpers rate the coffee very highly too, because that means I maybe do have some idea what good coffee should taste like.

    My soup was also delicious, I went for the pea and ham, but I was surprised by what a wide selection they had - four, I think. I'd only really expect a place this size to have one soup of the day.  It tasted wonderfully home made, and reminded me of soups my mum used to make when I was a kid - which, believe me, is high praise indeed!

    And then the scone.  Oh, that scone! It was enormous, and my friend and I really should have just shared one, but we are greedy gutses and had one each (my defence is that I'd never been before and didn't know how big it would be, but she has no such excuse).  It had that balance of moist and crumbly that makes the perfect scone, and we went the whole hog and had clotted cream and raspberry jam with them, which is of course the only proper way to enjoy a scone.  My friend told me she'd been looking forward to a scone here all week, and I can definitely see why.

    The only thing I wasn't so keen on was that it was very busy, and therefore very noisy. It's also located in an extremely busy, bustling location which makes it feel like a slightly odd place to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee. But those are really just minor complaints.  After all, when something's really good, you can't exactly complain when lots of other people want to enjoy it too!

  • 4.0 star rating
    12/10/2013
    4 check-ins here

    Great little coffee shop. Does a good selection of lunch options. Recommend their dhal soup & home baking.

  • 4.0 star rating
    29/12/2011
    1 check-in here

    I really like this place. Yet, it took me some time to pay my first visit since it always looked busy (specially with students) and did not know if it was that good or just convenient. And yes, this café is very good, convenient (on Nicholson St next to Tesco Express) and food quality is always good -now that I've become a regular I'm not afraid to say this.

    I like coffee very much and this place offers good strong coffee for those craving for caffeine. Breakfast is very good too. They've got the typical English breakfast (or Scottish since it's served with haggis?) and a veggie option (must be pointed out that their vegetarian haggis is excellent!). They've got a good range of paninis and sandwiches (the latter served with very good freshly-made bread) and soups, which are very good. I always have the chickpeas and spinach dahl soup, my favourite. Portions are quite generous so it's a good idea to consider how hungry you are before you order. They've become quite famous in the area for their scones (with clotted cream and jam). Took me some time to try them (not a fan) and they are actually very good. A good option for dessert (though their selection is rather limited) with a chai latte perhaps.

    Unfortunately, this café does not offer internet access (if you are thinking of bringing your laptop) but this may be a good opportunity to chat with friends and even other customers! People are generally friendly, staff included.

  • 3.0 star rating
    14/1/2012

    I'm gonna start with the 'whatever' coffee place reviews now.

    Coffee is coffee. Now there's better coffee and there's terrible coffee but everything in between is just 'whatever' to me. So... what can a coffee shop do to be better than 'whatever'? I like coffee from the worst of the worst to the best of the best, so you can't really use coffee to sway my stars.

    - Atmosphere (Coffee shop-ish)
    - Price (Under £2 for a small latte - NOPE)
    - Staff (Kindness, Friendliness and Attractiveness is a 3/5)
    - Food (Pretty Standard, Delicious and Not Cheap)
    - Ambiance (Meh)

    Kilimanjaro doesn't really up it in any of these areas for me.

    It's a cute coffee shop. It's got good coffee. There's douchey tweed wearing German guys in horn-rimmed glasses talking about politics. There's hippie white girls with dreadlocks and there's newspapers and board games. I don't know... just not bowled over. Staff was unmemorable. Coffee was memorably smaller than other places, but delicious.

    I'll come back if you invite me, but I won't suggest it.

  • 4.0 star rating
    22/8/2010

    I  like my coffee. In fact, I don't feel right until I've had it in the morning and this place and sometimes we all need a bit of pep in the afternoon and I've gotten mine from Kilimanjaro numerous times.

    This is quite a cool and quirky place that is filled with students and workers alike. Inside there's a cracking sofa that I've sat and caught up with life on and even Yelped from!

    My only grump might be that it's a little expensive. However, Kilimanjaro makes up for it with their brilliant selection of coffees, teas, soups and of course, my personal favourite, their cake selection. Apparently this little coffee house has been listed as one of the best in the country too!

    I'll definitely be back to the Kilimanjaro for my little bit of pep and a chill out on my favourite sofa.

  • 4.0 star rating
    24/7/2010

    Another independent coffee shop that's popular with students and locals is Kilimanjaro.

    A quirky place with wooden tables and chairs, a cosy leather sofa and black and white pictures, it has a homely atmosphere despite the constant stream of new customers. There's free Wi-Fi, a bookshelf with newspapers and paperbacks and a reasonable selection of drinks, cakes and light snakes. I'd usually prefer a brownie to a scone but Kilimanjaro is the exception as their scones taste delicious and are served with generous dollops of real butter and jam. The coffee is pretty good too but lacks the depth and flavour of Artisan Roast.

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/6/2012

    In my search for a place that would serve up some good coffee I ventured to Kilimanjaro Coffee - it was a bit far (from where I was staying) but decided to head here after having been to the Parliament. The place has a pretty relaxed and laid back feel and if I understood it correctly the area is fairly close to the university. Only went here once and it appeared to be very popular, packed with people so no available seats, and it looked like the type of place where people sit for hours (perhaps students studying or just slacking). So since there were no available seats we went for a quick espresso (very good) at the counter and then ordered some beverages to go.

    I had a cortado and the rest (I did of course taste theirs as well) went for the flat whites. The cortado was prepared according to my wishes so a perfect blend of coffee and milk. They use Square Mile Coffee so the beans are good and the people working here now what they are doing. Still would say that Wellington serves a slightly better coffee but the service is friendlier at Kilimanjaro. The Flat White was however a bit off - first it felt is they had too much milk (or too little coffee) and the milk appears to have been steamed slightly too much but do hope that it was just one mistake.

  • 4.0 star rating
    20/9/2011

    I was very happy with my cappuccino here. They add cinnamon before pouring in the milk. I don't know if this is a European thing or if the espresso needed it, but everything tasted good. The foam is thick and textured.

    Also the veggie Scottish breakfast is excellent.

  • 2.0 star rating
    5/7/2012

    Look, I'm not about to bitch and moan and say that everything about this place is bad. It is, in fact, a rather solid place to have a coffee. As in, if you'd like a forgettable coffee in a forgettable setting served by forgettable service.

    However, what I find unacceptable is that my favourite soup, the one I look forward to (the Red Thai Chicken) tasted not just bland, but actually watered down compared to Press Coffee. I have this thing about my soup, I like the soup to be, I don't know, soupie. If I wanted a bouillon, I would have ordered it. Now I go to Press Coffee a lot, mainly because I like the staff (same as Kilimanjaro I think), the ambiance, and the coffee, but the reason I go there is my soup (notice the snotty possessive). Never-have-I-ever been disappointing by Press Coffee's Red Thai Chicken. So when I popped in to Kilimanjaro, and noticed the sign for my favourite soup, I took some home with me.

    I am now a very sad Lou. Imagine me, if you will, looking misty-eyed out of the window (violin? Anyone?). You see, I thought me and Red Thai were at the very least going steady, but today I found that apparently he's just not that in to me. You see, he was watered down, a fraction of his former self. It just wasn't the same soup I've fallen in love with. Also, there was a strange piece of chicken in the soup that not only looked processed (or as if it had been snipped with tongs) it had bone in it, actual sharp bone that pierced my mouth. I took at my tongue-ring for a reason, I would not like it back while eating soup, but thanks for trying.
    I have also had previous experience with this place serving me some accidental gristle with my bacon, but thought it was a fluke. Apparently not so much.

    I'll stick with Press Coffee, thank you very much. I'm not impressed with Kilimanjaro.

    Let me go stare out of that window a little more, I'm nowhere near done pouting.

  • 5.0 star rating
    10/1/2010
    First to Review

    Before you read on I am reviewing two things in this establishment. In fact I have only ever sampled two things here (no sorry actually I have also had some shortbread and that was really good as well, but, let's face it, it is not the main event) Anyway, despite having a menu that always looks and smells delish, I save myself solely for their scones and their coffee.

    You see, if you have not had a Scottish/British scone you have not lived and the creations here are so far removed from the Starbucks imitations it is unbelievable. They are huge and homemade fresh everyday, served with homemade jams and jellies and 2 good wodges of butter.

    The jams and jellies vary everyday as do the scones. There are 2 varieties on offer, though one is usually a traditional fruit scone. I really enjoyed their apricot scone with rhubarb jam and hey, I don't really even like jam all that much!!

    The second thing I order is a coffee - yummo! (Edit - many apologies for that Rachel Ray moment there!) Really nice roast and well made.

    When we were back at Christmas I was gutted that it was really busy on the first day we were back, so we left it and went down to George street to do some shopping. We passed by a place called Wellington Cafe advertising freshly made scones, so since we missed out on Killimanjaro, we decided to give this a whirl. The scones were remarkably similar, served in an identical manner with gorgeous jam. We also saw that this place had been mentioned as one of the top 10 coffee houses in the UK (by the Times I think). We left pretty satisfied and glad we had found somewhere else that maybe served Killimanjaro scones and equally good coffee.

    Turns out that when we saw our credit card bill that the retailer was Killimanjaro coffee - Wellington on George Street and Killimanjaro are one and the same! Whichever you go to, you wont be disappointed!

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/5/2013

    We had the full breakfast which was good (they even have a vegetarian full breakfast). The people who work here were pleasant and our food arrived quickly. Their scones and other baked goods looked very good.

  • 5.0 star rating
    15/4/2013

    I might have been staying half an hours' walk away in the New Town, but when I wanted actual, drinkable, enjoyable coffee during last years' Edinburgh Fringe, this was the only place to go. As someone who bought, drank half of and then disposed of about 60 god-awful-why-can't-Edinburgh-get-some-bloody-­baristas coffees during the month of August 2012, I ended up making this pilgrimage across the city quite a few times. Broken people need coffee, and the Fringe has a habit of breaking people on an almost nightly basis. This year I am booking my accommodation to be closer by.

  • 3.0 star rating
    31/3/2010

    Without doubt the trendiest and well-known of the many coffee shops in this area, Kilimanjaro offers a good choice of sandwiches, soups and cakes to go with their amazing coffee. Their prices for food however are not that reasonable in comparison to their rivals, and with very little difference in quality.

    In spite of that, this place is always buzzing and busy. Whether its the great coffee or the free wi-fi or it's convenient central location that does it is impossible to say, however I do know that trying to find a seat in here is very often impossible.

    Ignore some of the bad reviews circulating about Kilimanjaro, it is definitely worth going, but i wouldn't queue for a table here.

  • 3.0 star rating
    28/4/2010

    Kilimanjaro Coffee has a massive reputation in Edinburgh, and tries very hard to maintain its image about being a hip, trendy and book-ish place for academicals and artists to drink coffee and chat. However, cracks are beginning to show in the facade.

    Letrs start with the good stuff - there is a huge amount of coffee's to choose from, as well as food, soups and various cakes that are all very tasty and morish.

    However, maybe it is because of the hype inflating Kilimanjaro's ego, but the prices are sky high, especially since it re-opened a few stores down from its original position a few months ago. Even with these prices, the cafe is always full, meaning service can take a while, but you usually have absolutly no chance of a seat.

    Its a shame really, because this place really does do great coffee and food, its just the insane prices and lack of seating that drags it down.

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/5/2010

    Fantastic coffee, but with it's head firmly up it's arse, Killimanjaro is a prime example of the irony surrounding bohemian style coffee shops. They look to suck you in by cultivating an arty and academic atmosphere that wouldn't feel out of place in Greenwich Village or East Berlin, then fleece you senseless for a mug of tea and a fancy muffin with poppyseeds and shit like that on it.

    It also usually too mobbed to get a seat, and attracts a lot of Edinburgh Uni's more elitist students, who contrary to popular beief are actually quite nice people, but insist on talking loudly in often quite irritating voices.

    Not perfect then, but their cappuccino is utterly brilliant, so I keep returning.

  • 4.0 star rating
    14/5/2010

    Kilimanjaro is a great little independent coffee shop that has a great chilled out atmosphere and especially great to sit outside on a summers day and do some people watching. I really am a huge fan of people watching, especially armed with a huge mug of tea and a slice of cake.

    It's very popular so can often be hard to find a seat and I've had to go elsewhere many a time as it's just been way too full up. It's not such a big deal as there are ample coffee shops along Nicolson Street but I'd say this one has to be my favourite.

    In addition to hot drinks they also have a great selection of cakes and I'm always torn when deciding what to go for, I've never been disappointed though.

    I guess the only downsize is it's modest size but if it was any bigger it might take away from the charming cosy atmosphere that it has.

  • 3.0 star rating
    23/5/2010

    I've heard fond words about this place and was eager to try its coffee. Choosing the 'long black' I was content with the result but not blown away.

    Sure, it's a great alternative to Starbucks but not a place I would religiously choose again and again. I suppose it all depends on whether you have a passion for coffee or not.

    If not, then you'll probably just be as averagely contented as I was.

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/7/2010

    Like Fiona said, your never going to get a table in here but it's well worth going to check out. One little thing to add, I went about 10 minutes before they were closing and got some free cake that was just about to go out of date.

    That's quiet a homeless tip, but a tasty one.

  • 5.0 star rating
    9/7/2010

    I'm absolutely in LOVE with this cafe/restaurant!

    I read somewhere that it serves the best coffee in Scotland, which is a shame as I hate the stuff! Everything else I've had here has been great, and as I've had to pass it everyday for the last few months I've faced mighty temptation.

    Kilimanjaro's is very close to the Edinburgh Bargain Store, and a pretty cosy place to sit. Unfortunately, it could be bigger which means there's difficulties finding seating at times. The cafe is really cosy with a large leather sofa by the till, and old wooden chairs throughout. I'm a big fan of their soups, which they keep interesting; there are daily specials such as red thai and wild mushroom. However, a visit to Kilimanjaro isn't complete without trying one of their scones. And no, it's not a proper scone experience if it doesn't come with clotted cream! Morbidly, I always think of blood clots every time I'm plastering some on my scones...

    • Qype User Badger…
    • Edinburgh
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    3.0 star rating
    22/12/2011

    Was quite excited to visit this cafe after reading rave reviews on here but sadly we found it to be rather mediocre at best. We ordered a veggie breakfast, which was large (in line with the price) but found most of the items were undercooked.
    The best part was the tasty toast and marmalade. The drinks themselves were fine  We had smoothies, which are quite a small drink for the price you pay. Coffee was fine, no different from coffee from any other cafe. On a positive, the staff looked relatively cheerful and smiled as they served you and the central location is ideal for shopping or theatre/cinema nearby. Overall, I wouldn't return and can't really recommend it.

    • Qype User boardi…
    • Edinburgh
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    • 20 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    1/6/2010

    Best coffee in Edinburgh by far and the cappucino comes with very impressive designs on top, so good you kind of don't want to drink it but then you do and its delicious and smooth.
    Yummy scones served with jam and cream also nice decor and seating with books to read and chill out. My favourite cafe!

  • 5.0 star rating
    5/10/2010

    I love my coffee. Correction, I love my flat whites. If you are an antipodean looking for a flat white worthy of being served at any cafe in Wellington, then this is where you'll find it. Every coffee generates a satisfied sigh: it's just a strong and just as hot as it should be, and the coffee is never burnt.

    Of course the other coffees are also great, and the food is delicious: the Sunday brunch has all the trimmings, and the scones are moreish.

    There are lots of tables, and even a comfy leather couch, but it does get busy. What else would you expect when they serve such a good flat white!

    Kilimanjaro is definitely worth a trek across town.

  • 5.0 star rating
    2/3/2013

    I actually got Kilimanjaro recommended to me by an employee at another coffee shop. He just said, "you want to get real coffee, hit up Kilimajaro." Boy was he right. I have been back several times between classes at Uni and its the perfect place to chill and read a book. The panini's are amazing as is their coffee.

    • Qype User marcos…
    • Edinburgh
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    • 43 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    27/4/2008

    I've stopped by here on a few lunchtimes, the panini's are very nice, my favourite probably being the bacon, brie and cranberry! I don't like coffee but im told its pretty good, but they also have a good selection of teas/smoothies/juices.
    Not the cheapest place but the prices are reasonable. It is a pretty cosy little place, not the best i've encountered but I would go back again

    • Qype User millie…
    • Edinburgh
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    • 27 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    19/1/2010

    My second-favourite place in Edinburgh for a coffee. Cappucino is the "must-drink" - the froth here is just so much better than I can ever make it, and of course it comes with exceptionally delicate "latte art" just to increase my sense of barista inadequacy still further.

    Light snacks such as soup or scones are good and fresh.

    The place is always busy but I've usually been able to find a seat by the time I've placed my order.

  • 5.0 star rating
    27/3/2012

    If you live on the southern end of Nicolson St, this feels like the first burst of civilization before South Bridge.  I was quite impressed with the friendliness of the barista last time I was here, which was last Wednesday night.  He really went out of his way to make sure we got our coffees in a timely manner, and he bid my two friends and I a pleasant farewell when we left.  Since I'm accustomed to getting summarily ignored by baristas in Edinburgh, I was rather taken aback by this, but maybe it was simply because he found one of my friends to be particularly attractive.)  I suppose I'll never know, but regardless I've always had good experiences here.  Thanks, Kilimanjaro-- you made our night.

  • 4.0 star rating
    17/12/2010 Updated review

    The staff has changed and the cappuccino is deliciously smooth! If you find a spot to sit you are in luck!

    4.0 star rating
    26/4/2010 Previous review
    This place serves the best scones, made freshly every day. I have always been very pleased with… Read more
  • 4.0 star rating
    1/3/2011

    I did prefer their previous venue but the coffee is very good. I used to go sometimes after playing tennis on the meadows.  The tray bakes are also lovely. It can be a very busy little place.

    • Qype User boywas…
    • London
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    5.0 star rating
    31/5/2011

    Most people on here rave about the coffee - and rightly so, they know what they're doing - but the food's also great. We had scrambled eggs. Normally a plain dish, here it was a giant portion, creamy and served with loads of toasted fresh bread and marmalade. Nice vibe here too. Give stars.

    • Qype User lilmiz…
    • Edinburgh
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    5.0 star rating
    4/10/2007

    The coffee this wonderful little place is widely regarded by those in the know to be the very best in Edinburgh. If not Scotland. If not the UK. If not the world... OK, that's going a bit too far. But only a bit. And I'm not saying this just because they put lovely pretty patterns on top. It's not just the coffee either, the food is good and the soup is always delicious and imaginative - cheese and potato and a glorious thai chicken are my favourites so far. If you don't like coffee, never fear! There are lots of alternatives: the best, in my view, being the apple and strawberry juice. Yum! The staff are very friendly and the atmosphere is great - helped along by the bookshelf of old books that customers are welcome to borrow while they drink their coffee. Comfy chairs too. And warm. Perfection in a coffee house!

    • Qype User wolf35…
    • Edinburgh
    • 32 friends
    • 37 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    29/9/2008

    Kilimanjaro is one of the most relaxed and informal places you could ever meet someone in. I love this place soooo much, I meet my friends for coffee, lunch and general meets, it is in such a location that it is easy to locate and meet someone, especially for the first time, as I have often done.
    They have recently moved from their location, to a bigger and brighter location, a few doors away from the Tesco metro on Nicholson street,I was very impressed with the move, as, although they moved to bigger and brighter premises, they never altered their beliefs or standing in the community.
    They still play the ecclectic mix of french'afro, carribbean mix of music and artwork. The staff could not be any friendlier if you paid them, it is such a great place to be and relax in, and OH by the way, they have wee tickets which they stamp, so if you buy four cups of coffee, you get the fifth free.(for example).
    I would highly reccomend this place for all you guys that want to meet for a coffee, have a chat, have lunch, or whatever.
    I support these guys all the way, and am right behind them.
    Anyone who wants to put this to the test, Hey, well just give me a shout and lets meet for a coffee and chat sometime. p.s highly recommend the hazelnut steamer mmmm

    • Qype User Renz…
    • Edinburgh
    • 4 friends
    • 40 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    3/11/2009

    I'm not a coffee drinker so I can't tell you whether my friends are right about this place having excellent coffee (all coffee tastes awful to me). However, this is one of my favourite places in Edinburgh to eat out for lunch. My love for it began when I went along there somewhat hungover last year with my flatmate and order the chilli chicken and mozzarella panini with a smoothie. It was heavenly! One of the best paninis I've had and a delicious smoothie. I also loved the salad accompaniment as the salad dressing was so yummy.
    The thing that stops me from going here too often is the price however. It cost over £3 for my panini. I guess this is what you have to pay for such good quality, yummy food.
    This place is a comfortable and cosy when it's not too busy. Last time I was lucky to get a sofa and couch with my friend which was lovely. There's a selection of daily newspapers to read and the staff seem rather friendly. On top of that, students can get a card which offers them a stamp deal on coffee.
    This is a great little cafe. A favourite for lunch and only my lack of finances stops me from awarding it more stars.

    • Qype User ec…
    • Edinburgh
    • 2 friends
    • 30 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    21/10/2010

    Some of the best coffee in Edinburgh. Consistently well made with great pride and attention to every cup. Square mile coffee beans are an absolute winner. You don't need to trek across town. If you want the same great coffee, drop into Wellingtons on the corner of Hanover and George Sts in the New Town. Edinburgh coffee lovers - @edinburghcoffee

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