A brooding, voodoo, totem-poled coffee shop. The antithesis of The Elephant House, but just as renowned and equally nice.
One of my sisters visited The Black Medicine Coffee Co. earlier in the year and found a £10 note on the floor, which paid for two breakfasts. A bit disappointed I was that this isn’t a regular feature (I looked everywhere but not even a penny).
My girlfriend and I sat on a tree-trunk-like bench, which was comfortable my end but not so much at her’s. We sat nattering in our little corner for ages (well over an hour), happily sheltered from the Edinburgh rain. Probably the longest I’ve stayed in one coffee shop.
I had a couple of coffees which were both very good, and also tried a delicious brownie and an equally nibblesome scone.
I understand this is another place with tenuous J K Rowling connections; apparently she used to write Harry Potter in the premises above, before it became a chinese buffet. I’m sure if Black Medicine had been around back then, she would have been a regular on the ground floor.
It’s quite dark, in an appropriately cosy sort of way. They mis-spell “cappucino” on the board. Yes, I’m a pedant, but the background music is excellent so they’re forgiven.
This is one of the best and most characterful coffee shops in this blog. Highly recommended for anyone living in / visiting Edinburgh.
2 Nicolson Street
We visited on 25 October 2008.