Kilimanjaro Coffee, Edinburgh

27 October 2008

Another great independent coffee shop in Edinburgh.

Kilimanjaro Coffee, Edinburgh Kilimanjaro Coffee, Edinburgh

So it turns out this renowned city is replete with cosy coffee shops.  There are plenty of diverse and interesting places, all serving high quality coffee, and Kilimanjaro is no exception.  It may not quite have the charm and uniqueness of The Elephant House or The Black Medicine Coffee Co., but it’s a smashing, welcoming place mixing up a great brew.

Kilimanjaro Coffee, Edinburgh Kilimanjaro Coffee, Edinburgh

In fact, I had the weekend’s best cup of coffee in Kilimanjaro.  It was a flat white and it was fresh and stunning.  It was also perfectly presented.

And although this blog is about coffee, rather than food, I have to mention that the grub here is wonderful, and good value.

Kilimanjaro Coffee, Edinburgh

There are plenty of seats but this is a popular place and it can get busy.  That said, there’s no harm in just sipping a leisurely coffee and reading the papers.

There are the usual coffee options and some others (e.g. my delicious flat white), and all can be enjoyed right through to 7 pm.

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For chatting with friends or visiting relatives I might plump for more captivating surroundings elsewhere in the city, but for a friendly smile and great coffee I’d go here.  Brilliant.

Previously at 126 Nicolson Street

104 Nicolson St

We visited on 27 October 2008.

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  • msaims 14 November 2008 at 3:27 am

    as usual great reviews!
    argh! one day i WILL get to these places…
    mm mm… chocolate soup looks so indulgent!

  • Ian 7 March 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Cold coffee, long waits, rude and dirty staff with attitude. enjoy.

  • Mary 30 August 2010 at 10:24 am

    Kilimanjaro is my favourite coffee shop. The staff are nice.

  • john murray 13 February 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Sat outside for 15 minutes sucking diesel and secondhand smoke,but if I’d realised it was counter service,I would have gone in and ordered.Maybe a small sign in the window,for the two pavement tables would be an idea?The coffee and chocolate brownie made the wait worthwhile.Excellent.

  • Biggus Nickus 10 May 2011 at 7:39 pm

    There are only a small handful of coffee shops in Edinburgh where they take the care to deliver properly and patiently extracted espresso with milk stretched to 55-65 degrees (when it is at it’s sweetest).
    This place is one, and it marvels in this regard while avoiding the pretentious nature of some of it’s counterparts.
    The staff have always been very nice when I have been in and never seem to compromise on the standard or presentation of the food or beverages that leave the bar, even when the place is ridiculously busy.

    Well worth a look if you’re in that part of Edinburgh. My personal recommendation is a flat white and a slice of brownie, that I am assured is made in-store. They apparently also bake their own scones daily but they always seem to be sold out when I visit.

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  • AJC 19 June 2014 at 12:18 am

    It is quite well-known in Edinburgh that Kilimanjaro Coffee, along with Project Coffee (Bruntsfield), Blackwood Coffee (Morningside), Press Coffee (Buccleuch Street) and Wellington Coffee (George Street, New Town), are ALL cafes set up by the award-winning Scottish barista Jonathan Sharp located in Edinburgh. These cafes are similar in what they offer (e.g. ALL uses Square Mile beans, some basic consistencies in their menus), but oriented differently towards the community they’re located at (e.g. Blackwood’s interiors are catered towards the elderly populace at Morningside), and never advertise each other. Overall Kilimanjaro is the central gem of them all though. 🙂
    I highly recommend trying out Artisan Roast. They roast and sell their own beans all over the country as well (roaster now relocated to their branch near Glasgow Uni), and their flagship cafe is located at Broughton Street (with a sign in-store: “JK Rowling Never Wrote Here”, replied by Rowling herself underneath “And I Never Will”) and a branch at Bruntsfield (pop-up store created for Edinburgh Fringe Festival a few years back but stayed on due to its success).
    For more guides and ideas for Edinburgh’s plethora of independent cafes, check this out:
    Cheers! 🙂

    • Cosy Coffee Shops 19 June 2014 at 9:54 am

      Hi AJC, thanks for all your helpful and insightful comments today. I very much hope we can visit Edinburgh again soon – we keep hearing recommendations for coffee shops. Sounds like there’s a booming speciality coffee scene up there. Good to know about the Edinburgh Coffee Lovers site, well done for cheekily including a link 🙂 All the best, Tom.