Specialty coffee shop in Edinburgh city center with many clearly labeled vegan options including pastries, cinnamon buns and cakes. Plant milks available. Open Mon-Fri 08:00-17:00, Sat-Sun 09:00-17:00.

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17 Reviews

First Review by alunisae


Points +90

16 Oct 2023

Just Lovely

A great little spot on a beautiful street. Vegan cakes are tremendous and the coffee is wonderful.

Pros: Tasty cakes and coffee, Great location, Reasonably priced

Cons: Not many seats



Points +110

22 Sep 2023

Not vegan, but surprisingly vegan friendly "milk"man :-D

Good Cappuccino with oatmilk (plus .20 extra cost though).

They also had a cpuple of vegan cakes and cookies.


Points +280

31 Aug 2023

Good matcha latte & hazelnut bun

This place is right by where I was staying, so I went in and asked which of their baked goods were vegan. They were able to tell me those options right away. They had about 6 vegan things when I went. The individual helping me said her favorite was the chocolate hazelnut bun. So that's what I got, as well as a matcha latte with oat milk. All of it was very good!

Updated from previous review on 2023-08-31

Pros: Plenty vegan options, Staff is friendly & knowledge, Good location, cute


20 Oct 2023

Hi Jlin, great to read this review. I’m the owner of VGN Bakery Co. - the company behind the chocolate hazelnut bun. So glad to hear you enjoyed it!


Points +477

27 Aug 2023


Cute cafe with many vegan cakes and sweet options. 0.20p for dairy free milk.


Points +155

23 Aug 2023

Nice little café off royal mile

Small and cosy inside. Only two baristas so be prepared for a queue, three small tables inside. Offers non dairy milks for a small fee. Ask for which baked goods are vegan, usually some cakes and some cookies.

Pros: Cute and cosy, Nice baked goods

Cons: Small inside , Vegan items not labelled


Points +332

10 Aug 2023

recommendable barista place

On our way to the Royal Mile we were looking for a coffee place & we’re ver happy to have stumbled into the Milkman. They also had 4 vegan pastry options available from a vegan bakery & the blueberry bun was just delicious 🤤

Pros: barista coffee with planmilk, 4 vegan pastry options, friendly staff

Cons: little place to sit in


Points +74

30 Jul 2023

Lovely little café with amazing cakes

We loved „The Milkman“ - the Barista was so lovely! Very good coffee - and the amount of vegan options is huge. I loved the lemon-Poppyseed- cake. So moist and tasty. The café is very instagrammable - as if you entered a coziness-filte-bubble - so cute!

Updated from previous review on 2023-07-30

Pros: Many vegan options, very good coffee, amanzing cake


Points +458

27 Jun 2023

Incredible, aesthetic coffee shop with alternative milks

I had a lovely experience here, ordering a matcha latte with oat milk. Reasonably priced and it tasted delicious, probably one of the best matcha lattes I’ve ever had. I’m not sure if any of the pastries are vegan, you would have to ask the staff as they aren’t labeled as so.

Pros: Milk alternatives (oat, soy) , Reasonably priced , Friendly staff


Points +419

08 Jun 2023

Lots of vegan pastries

Had a tea with oat milk and a blueberry pastry which was delicious. Half of the pastries were vegan, I went with friend so got to try the chocolate hazelnut bun and lemon cake. All very tasty. Will go back.

Pros: Lots of options


20 Oct 2023

Hey Emel. Great to read this review. I’m the owner of VGN Bakery Co. - the company behind the bakes you had. So happy to hear you enjoyed them!


Points +119

08 May 2023

Amazing coffee and treats

Probably one of the best coffee shops in town. In love with their lattes. They have a wide range of vegan pastries available. They are never labelled as vegan so you have to ask! The chocolate babka and the caramel knot are delicious 😋

Pros: Great coffee , High quality pastries

Cons: Vegan pasties aren't labelled, don't be shy to ask


Points +1231

17 Apr 2023

Great coffee

Excellent standard speciality coffee in a great location. I fell out of the railway station needing caffeine and was so pleased to come here! Not tried the cakes but there were vegan options which looked lovely. They do the usual plant-based milks if you want a latte or cappuccino.


Points +220

21 Feb 2023

Great Coffee & Cookie

I had an Americano with out milk and it tasted great. I also got a chocolate cookie with salt which was delicious


Points +3108

27 Nov 2022

Nice staff, lovely stuff

We went twice in our two day trip. We got oat lattes, soya iced latte (the milk separated but he was really nice and warned me before hand) and then two cookies - salted chocolate and a snickadoodle which were all really good. The cakes werent labelled but the staff were very knowledgeable. We sat in a little window nook which was so cute - theres plug sockets which is great and also super cute merch.


Points +64

19 Oct 2022

Amazing coffee

Loved the coffee. We went there 3 times in 4 days. The latte with oat milk is amazing. The space is very cosy and central. And the staff is very friendly and helpful.


Points +21

15 Nov 2021

Great cafe in ideal location

The cafe is in an ideal location off the Royal Mile. Great coffee (I had an oat latte) and the pastries are delicious. The staff are very welcoming and made a lovely visit.


Points +31367

07 Oct 2021

Great coffee

A great coffee shop with limited snacks.

Pros: Staff, Coffee


Points +4103

05 Oct 2021

fabulous place for brunch

delicious pastries. many vegan options. beautiful location.

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