Pumpkin Brown

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16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 2JU

Cafe est. 2016 at the Grassmarket Edinburgh offering salads and raw food options, breakfast porridge and soya yogurt, coffee, juice, energy shots, cakes and more. Everything is gluten-free and vegan as of June 2016. Open Mon-Sun 10:00am-6:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Organic, Raw, Western, Fast food, Juice bar, Take-out, British, Catering

33 Reviews

First Review by craigmc

favourite place - Edit

myself and my veggie friend LOVE this place. everything is so tasty and there’s so many vegan and vegetarian options! the juices and hot drinks are also amazing.

Pros: amazing options , tasty and fresh , lovely staff and great atmosphere

Cons: should have more locations!

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Great little place - Edit

Had some nice vegan food here. Friendly staff. They do soups, you can sit in, sit outside, or takeaway. Nice location in the Grassmarket.

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Good food, limited choice - Edit

We had the soup and the satay curry. The curry was lovely and good value at £6.50. The soup was a bit watery and they had run out of bread so at £4.50 it wasn't great value. These were the only choices which weren't salads.
The only cakes are raw which I don't particularly like and they had very loud rock music playing at 2 in the afternoon which I wasn't a fan of.

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Delicious smoothie bowls - Edit

This cute vegan café has the best breakfast in Edinburgh. Many options of spirulina, dragonfruit and acai smoothie bowls, as well as juices, smoothies, raw cakes and golden milk and pumpkin spice lattes.

This is place is best for take away because the seats here are limited and always full. But if you are lucky you can snag a seat here and enjoy the fun crowd.

Cons: Very few seats

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Best Acai Bowl in Edinburgh - Edit

They have the best acai bowl in Edinburgh, a must once in Scotland!

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Delicious lattes - Edit

Great selection of hot and cold drinks. Tasty soup and stew.
Would prefer if they served smoothies in glasses instead of plastic.

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wonderful - Edit

Highly recommend their Red Velvet Latte: Beetroot juice, rosewater, hazelnut milk!

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yummy yummy! - Edit

Lovely little piece of quiet on a busy plaza. Wonderful soup and granola. Staff are lovely and helpful and lots of yummy vegan delights!!!

Pros: lots of vegan options, sweet and savoury

Cons: few seated areas

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nice cakes - Edit

Nice cakes and a lovely breakfast (acai)

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Tasty raw cake - Edit

Very nice staff and really good cakes. Try a hazelnut latte!

Pros: all vegan, many plant milk choices

Cons: few tables

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alright - Edit

Liked the desserts but not impressed by the smoothies. They were quite diluted

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bit pricey and limited choice - Edit

Staff here were lovely and if you like raw cake it's the place for you. I was personally hoping for more selection though. The fridge stuff was expensive but the hot dish of the day looked good. Didn't really enjoy the risky hot drink I got but the smoothie was nice.

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Lovely vegan/gf lunch & dessert - Edit

What a find - the whole menu is vegan, as well as gluten free, with the bonus of being refined sugar free and organic.
We had the daily changing hot lunch option - a coconut, chickpea, squash & spinach curry - which was delicious and filling - but we saved room for dessert, trying the cookies & cream slice & the apple crumble.
The whole meal was super-tasty and reasonably priced.

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great location - Edit

i had a quick stop in the new vegan kid in town and was pretty impressed,
i had a long black and a some raw vegan cheesecake. both were really good and i look forward to heading back soon. the selection of mains were all raw, and although not a massive variety they did look nice.
staff were really friendly and situated on the grassmarket i would hope it does really well.

Pros: location, vegan, raw

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Wonderful - Edit

This place deserves way better reviews! There are very few places in Edinburgh to eat vegan food as good as this. We tried two of the excellent salads and the vegan chilli. We loved that they were packed full of nutrition and incredibly flavourful. The vegan raw cheesecakes were also excellent - especially the chocolate orange. The lady serving was very friendly and quick.

Pros: All vegan and gluten-free, Everything tastes awesome and fresh, Friendly staff

Cons: None

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Nice little vegan cafe near Grassmarket - Edit

This cafe is right near Grassmarket so there's lots to see. They had two hot options and my partner and I got each type - spicy corn soup which was very warming and but not at all spicy - and the vegan ramen which had quinoa instead of noodles as it's all gluten-free. The ramen was nice and healthy. They have lots of different non dairy milks so I tried hazelnut with my tea which was nice. My partner got a green smoothie which he enjoyed. They also have ready to go meals you can pick up such as a burrito bowl and salads.

Pros: All vegan, Sells vegan snack foods as well

Cons: Not much of a menu, they just rotate different hot

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Great Coffee - Edit

Popped in to try a speciality coffee - i.e. Non-Dairy.

Didn't have a clue what to choose and was given some really different options by the great member of staff who was more than happy to help.

Tried a Hazelnut Milk Latte and a Soya Latte - both nice particularly the Soya which was not like the high street brand offerings.

Dog friendly, smiley staff and great coffee. A perfect start to the day

Updated from previous review on 2017-01-21

Pros: Staff, Coffee, Dog friendly

Cons: Cost of Edinburgh Parking

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Terrible coffee and rude staff - Edit

I was delighted to find a totally vegan cafe on my trip to Edinburgh. Ordered two coffees for myself and my boyfriend, mine was a flat white, and was quite weak but tasted fine. My boyfriends americano on the other hand was basically coffee flavoured water with a hint of dirt. I brought it back and was very polite about asking if it was possible to get a stronger one, the girl offered no apologies and said she'd make one in a smaller cup so it would be stronger but looked super annoyed. So the other girl brought it down and planted it on the table without a word and stormed off. The coffee was just as terrible ? I went up to pay and my card was taken and given back with no word or eye contact. I'm retrospect it was hilarious how they have no concept of customer service, or know how to make a coffee. The two staff members basically acted like teenagers throwing a strop because a coffee was returned!

Pros: everything is vegan

Cons: they can't make coffee and the staff can't

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RalphieBoy 21 Jan 2017 - Did you tell the staff when you were paying that you weren't happy?

Having been there a few times I'd bet that if you'd told them you, sorry your boyfriend didn't like the coffee, you'd have seen a service recovery.

Give them a chance, don't just post?  


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Nice! - Edit

The opening hours are a bit odd, but the place is very nice!

We had raw salads and a peanut raw bite which were both very good and the coffee was probably the best coffee I ever had!

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Pros: friendly, to go, local

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The capital of bland land - Edit

I haven't paid for many worse meals than this since turning vegan. Me and my partner got two salads and two cakes to takeaway.

Both the salads were virtually undressed so everything lacked flavour. The interesting sounding pesto dressed courgette spaghetti was basically raw courgette: no noticeable basil, no seasoning, a hint of lemon. This theme continued throughout, it was 'health' food at its absolute worst. Still, it got worse as the avocado in the other salad was rock solid. Barely half the salads got eaten and we were pretty hungry...

The cakes were alright.

Pros: Ummm... Okay cakes

Cons: Lack of flavour , Not cheap, Underripe avocado

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perfect coffe date - Edit

Have had lunch here and returned for a sweet little coffe & cake date a few days later with the same friend - we loved it that much! Such friendly staff, gorgeous atmosphere, tasty treats. Matcha latte was gorgeous. Excited to see the menu grow when more lunch and warm food options come in! Definitely a place to visit ??????

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Flavorless food - Edit

We went to Pumpkin Brown for a snack and had two salads and two homemade drinks. The food looked lovely but lacked flavour.

The staff was friendly though, and the place has a nice flair.

Pros: location, friendly staff

Cons: flavourless salads

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Horrendous representation of Vegan food. - Edit

We ordered a variety of food after a long trek and a lot of anticipation regarding our first visit to the very popular and eclectic health food café- the plethora of disappointment consisted of two extremely overdue orange/cayenne pepper juices, a congealed and clearly expired chia pudding, cauliflower and rice salad with bone dry kale and once again a dressing that seemed to have thickened and stuck to the lid with age. Pumpkin Browns goal must be to put people off the idea of vegan food, because I have never known any so bad.

Pros: When we complained they did indeed refund our mone

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Pumpkin Brown - Edit

New vegan eatery in downtown Edinburgh, that's a goody!
The food choices are limited as others have pointed out already. Basically you can choose between some salads and some small breakfast cups containing Bircher muesli or some chia seed mixture and raw cakes. In addition to that you can get a hot dish, nothing fancy but all right and filling.
On top of that good coffee and good music.
Overall nice place! I hope they stay in business and I wish them all the very best!

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good desserts - Edit

They desserts were very good. The take away meals were ok. Still great option considering that you have only 2 100% vegan restaurants in Edinburgh (August 2016).

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Great for a quick bite - Edit

Selection of food was brilliant, the rice bowls were delicious. The chocolate orange cheesecake was amazing. The coconut milk cappucino was one of the nicest coffees I've ever had. However, the coffee was TINY and pricey. It cost a normal coffee size but came out miniature. The cheesecake was a good size but the salad rice bowls could have been bigger.

Staff were very accommodating and had good knowledge about their products. The seating inside was very small, only two tables, many people arrived but left when they realised they had nowhere to sit. With a bit of rearranging, they could fit more seats inside.

Overall, a really nice place if you manage to get a seat and have the money to spare.

Pros: Delicious food, Great coffee, Good location

Cons: Portion size, Lack of seating, Bit pricey

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fantastic coffee - Edit

I recently visited this small cafe for

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