"Relaxed coffee hangout with comfy sofas and rustic wooden tables, serving panini, soups and snacks."
Reviews suggest friendly staff.
Brilliant - loads of free stuff for kids to do
"friendly and welcoming - tea & coffee between services.
Cafe open weekdays about 10-2 p.m."
This is an affordable, friendly, informal curry restaurant offering simple and delicious dishes. It is family friendly and very central.
Grassmarket Community Project
• Grassmarket Centre
• Grassmarket Café
• Grassmarket Furniture
• Grassmarket Tartan
• VOLUNTEERING & TRAINING
7 days a week - Free lunches, range of groups/activities - all free but must become members (which is free, accessible and open to everyone) - activities include gardening, art, therapies, exercise & yoga classes, hill walking & residential trips
FOR NON-MEMBERS: FREE 2 course dinner (weekly-Mondays); Pet Clinic, Haircuts, Confidential Housing & Benefits Advice every week plus FREE COMMUNITY CINEMA (every Monday)
"Established Indian vegetarian dining in striking, exotic decor with buffet, thali and lunch deals."
North Edinburgh Arts offers local residents a place to relax, explore, learn, meet, share, volunteer and have fun in. Over 17 hours of creative workshops are on offer each week, most with a family focus, alongside a wide range of other events from singing groups, to dance shows, circus skills workshops, community theatre to film clubs.
Incorporating a community garden and a community cafe.
The venue is also home to Licketyspit Theatre Company and Muirhouse Youth Development Group, both reaching out to the most disadvantaged children and families in the area.
"Open Monday to Saturday, the Cafe provides an opportunity for outreach to our community and beyond just by being there. We aim to glorify God in our service to Him through baking, serving and caring for the community in such a practical manner."
Very friendly cafe, lovely space to meet up, good coffee
Kids from 3-9 years old can spend up to 60 minutes in the free supervised crèche. Don't forget children's socks as these are mandatory.
"6VT opened 18 years ago to provide a safe social space for people aged 15 and over in Edinburgh. It now provides a drop-in service which is open three nights a week, providing a range of personal development support, educational workshops, advice and information. Over the years, 6VT’s areas of expertise have grown and it now also provides housing services and an integrated community support service for young people facing the prospect of foster care, residential care or being housed in a secure unit."
young people, young parents support and friendship; employment support; foodstore, meals; crisis support.
Scotland's first Recovery Café, run by people in recovery for people in recovery, and public customers who want good value, good quality food in a relaxed space. A safe zone for women in recovery, space for hire, a great venue for events, training, meetings and performance.
for bereaved children.
"where children and young people can explore their feelings & find ways of coping."
try their Community Cafe too.
"The White House Kitchen is a community café and venue run by the Community Alliance Trust for the benefit of the Greater Craigmillar Neighbourhoods."
Scottish Country Dancing; Boys Brigade; Brownies; Thursday Lunch Club for elderly; Film nights; Sewing Club (Monday evenings); Cooking Club from time-to-time; Fully equipped catering kitchen; Parent & Toddler Group.
Good place to aim for when out for a walk up Calton Hill - includes an open-air cafe (ww.cafemilk.co.uk/calton-hill/)!
"Established in 1984, Collective has been fundamental to the cultural vitality of Scotland by supporting new work by artists who are at a pivotal stage in their development. We provide artists with the opportunity to make new work and audiences the chance to see it here first.
Our programme of exhibitions, walks, events and off-site projects presents contemporary art in all its diversity. We create opportunities for participation, mutual learning and dialogue by opening out processes of art production, connecting with other fields and encouraging new developments."
The City of Edinburgh Methodist Church is an inclusive church in the heart of the city where we share God’s love through working with and for others, to transform our community and the world. We are involved in the community throughout the year in a number of ways, from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to small business incubation. We host local and national organisations who meet in our premises, and we have a strong interest in working with community groups and charities.
All our rooms have access to audio visual equipment, wi-fi and are fully accessible (lift and stairs).
The Well Café is situated in the building on the ground floor and provides hot food and drink everyday from 9am – 3pm. The cafe is part of the Edinburgh Community Cafe network.
We host a creative project called The Dream Factory, which includes support for small business incubation.
Our outreach project, Hope's Garden, is an aromatherapy clinic situated in the basement. As well as treatments available to the general public, Hope’s Garden works with the church to develop links with agencies across the city, and operates a referral system to individuals accessing the services of those agencies.
Can you beat Netmums' description?!
"For a variety of indoor and outdoor fun, most of which is free, you can't beat Portobello Promenade. On sunny days the kids can play on the beach, the toddlers park or the swing park, all within a few minutes walk of each other along the prom. For eats and treats the traditional fish-and-chips or ice-cream are available, or there are a number of child-friendly cafes, pubs and hotels along the prom - including the 'Espy' with its gigantic portions of fresh tasty fare.
There's a host of sporting fun along the Prom too including the new sailing school. And if the weather's not so good you can take your swimming indoors at the Swim Centre, bowl at the bowling centre or simply spend some loose change having fun in the seaside arcades."
Well it doesn't mention the volleyball (it's always pleasant to watch other people taking exercise!), right next to the excellent Little Green Van coffee stall.
Almost any day of the year, you can meet people of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds enjoying the fresh air and sea breezes.
"We are delighted to announce that we have a variety of elegant and practical studio spaces available for hourly, daily, weekly or monthly hire all at very competitive rates.
Studios are available in a variety of sizes, located in the historic Hanseatic Barn.
We have artists, architects, health and beauty practitioners, why not join our community?"
Also: Gallery, venue for events, Cadells Cafe
Along with the shop, of course:
Nice cafe on top floor;
you can charge your phone for free!
The store is open, even though the area around is being seriously re-developed.
• Food bank
"We organise and run weekly shared reading sessions for adults in the community, young adults in community programmes and the elderly in Scotland. Part of a book and a poem are read aloud during these relaxed and informal sessions, with an Open Book Lead Reader on hand to help guide the discussion. We also regularly run creative writing sessions for our readers, using the material the group is reading as inspiration to create new writing. We also arrange and fund visits by these groups to the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August, linking the authors we see on the visit to the reading materials we use in our sessions. In 2015 and 2016, Open Book also presented three shared reading sessions for the public at the Edinburgh International Book Festival as a part of their workshop programme."
A really nice warm place to read a newspaper! Also good cafe.
[Wikipedia] "The National Library of Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: Leabharlann Nàiseanta na h-Alba, Scots: Naitional Leebrar o Scotland) is the legal deposit library of Scotland and is one of the country's National Collections. Its main base is in Edinburgh city centre. The headquarters is on George IV Bridge, between the Old Town and the university quarter. There is also a more modern building (1980s) in a residential area on the south side of the town centre, on Causewayside. This was built to accommodate some of the specialist collections (e.g., map library, science library) and to provide large-scale extra storage.
The National Library of Scotland holds 7 million books, 14 million printed items and over 2 million maps. The collection includes copies of the Gutenberg Bible, the letter which Charles Darwin submitted with the manuscript of Origin of Species, the First Folio of Shakespeare and numerous journals and other publications. It has the largest collection of Scottish Gaelic material of any library."
"The Usher Hall is Scotland's only five-star concert hall hosting a range of concerts from rock, pop, classical, jazz, world and folk music. The venue has hosted concerts and events since it opened way back in 1914! A beautiful Edwardian building with a modern twist, which is well loved by performers and audiences all over the world due to its magnificent acoustics."