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The 20 Best Bakeries in Edinburgh 2024

Whether you're in the mood for a sweet treat, pastry or freshly baked loaf, the city of Edinburgh in Scotland has no shortage of amazing bakeries to choose from. Here's our guide to sampling the best bakes, in the best bakeries in Edinburgh.

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The Best Bakeries In Edinburgh – our favourites

  • The best pastries in Edinburgh: Lannan
  • The best bakery in Edinburgh for bread:  Archipelago Bakery
  • The best bakery in Edinburgh for bagels: The Bearded Baker
  • The best bakery in Edinburgh for sweet treats: Mimi’s Bakehouse
  • The best gluten free bakery in Edinburgh: Sugar Daddy’s Bakery
  • The best vegan bakery in Edinburgh: Considerit

1. Babyfaced Baker

341 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 8SD

Babyfaced Baker, originally a recipe blog, has become a permanent fixture on Leith Walk, offering some of the tastiest baked goods in Edinburgh.

pon entering the store on Leith Walk, you’ll be greeted by a cabinet filled with bright buns, chunky stuffed cookies, gooey caramel brownies, and sugar-dusted cruffins – a croissant/muffin hybrid. The cruffins come in flavors like peanut butter jelly and Biscoff.

Notably, there are plenty of vegan options available for those with dietary preferences.


2. Kate’s Bakery

116 Causewayside, Newington, Edinburgh EH9 1PU

With a focus on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, the menu at Kate’s is ever changing. Featuring both savoury and sweet bakes, you can also preorder your favourites online for special occasions. They’re dog friendly, and ideal for an afternoon coffee & cake. 


3. Twelve Triangles

90 Brunswick Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

With locations popping up all over the city, Twelve Triangles has become know as one of the best bakeries in Edinburgh – a staple. Their fermented artisan sourdough bread and pastries contain no additives, with all the flour milled and grown in the UK. They even make all their jams, custards, and fillings daily in the bakery using local, seasonal ingredients. Expect modern flavours like charcoal, spelt and sunflower – but classics like jam doughnuts are just as good.


4. Söderberg

45 Broughton St, Edinburgh EH1 3JU

Established in 2007, Söderberg is a beloved Swedish cafe chain in Edinburgh, with three cafes and three bakery shops. They specialize in high-quality, authentic Swedish food, including open sandwiches, bread, pastries, and cakes. Inspired by traditional Swedish kitchens, their skilled bakers use top-notch ingredients, such as Valrhona chocolate in Kladdkaka and organic Shipton Mill flour in sourdough loaves.

For enthusiasts of Nordic baking, Söderberg is a must-visit, offering a foundation of cinnamon buns, cardamom buns, pistachio horseshoes, and kladdkaka. Seasonal delights like saffron buns and Semla buns add to the variety. 


5. Archipelago Bakery

39 Dundas St, Edinburgh EH3 6QQ

An independent and organic bakery right in the heart of Edinburgh, Archipelago keeps it simple but delicious. Everything they sell is made from scratch every day, only using organic and local ingredients.

The bakery boasts a diverse range of yeasted loaves and sourdoughs, with new additions regularly. For those with gluten intolerance, Archipelago provides an Organic Gluten-Free Bread, available through advance orders.


6. Nice Times Bakery

147 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8AG

Whether you sit in with a coffee, or takeaway from their hatch, Nice Times is sure to wow you as one of the best bakeries in Edinburgh. You’ll be able to smell their fresh bakes before you even arrive.

Sweet treats take center stage, with freshly baked standout croissants like chocolate-hazelnut and almond. The wafer-thin layers and, we assume, a generous dose of butter, create a delightful balance between decadence and lightness. 

They have a great range of vegan options, along with delicious bread, cronuts and a wide range of cakes.


7. 101 Bakery

101 Newington Rd, Newington, Edinburgh EH9 1QW

This tiny bakery, according to many, has the best cinnamon buns in Edinburgh. We recommend also trying their cakes, glazed buns, custard-baked brioches, and homemade focaccia topped with oregano and sundried tomato – anything you can get your hands on! Mainly a to-go location, they do have a handful of stools by the entrance.


8. Sugar Daddy’s Bakery

8 Roseneath St, Marchmont Cres, Edinburgh EH9 1JH

A family run cake shop, everything made at Sugar Daddy’s is completely gluten free, and they have plenty of vegan and dairy free options too. They’ve gone for an American 50s diner vibe, filled with bright colours and friendly staff.

They make a range of bakes, including carrot cake cookie sandwiches, lemon and blueberry cupcakes and brownies. If you want something savoury, they also do sandwiches, cheesy scones and pasties.


9. Mimi’s Bakehouse

63 Shore, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6RA

Since opening, family-run Mimi’s has become one of Edinburgh’s best and most loved bakeries by locals and tourists. Come here for brunch, afternoon tea, or just a coffee and slice of cake. Probably most popular are their fruit scones with homemade jam and clotted cream or their stuffed cookies.

This family-run sweet dreamland is filled with the most delicious artisanal cakes, tray bakes, cupcakes, biscuits, brownies, cheesecakes, and more. You name it — they have it. Whether a classic Victoria sponge, carrot, Oreo, red velvet, or rainbow cake tempts your fancy, Mimi’s is ‘Great British Bake Off’ kind of wonderful.


10. The Pastry Section

86 Raeburn Pl, Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH4 1HH

The Pastry Section serves up amazing brownies, buns, tarts and cookies as well as locally sourced teas and coffees. Known for their friendly team and welcoming atmosphere, this is a great pick to sample some of Edinburgh’s best bakes.

They really don’t mess around, with everything baked on-site at dawn every morning. Favourites include snickerdoodle cookies and chocolate custard tarts with vanilla mascarpone. Grab and go, or there’s seats inside and out to sit and enjoy your bake with a coffee.


11. Gooseneck Bakery

22 Grindlay St, Edinburgh EH3 9AP

Run by a husband and wife team, Goodeneck Bakery have helped revitalise their corner of Edinburgh with its amazing baked goods. They have an amazing location with beautiful views up to the castle, and are much loved for their bakes and coffee.

All their pastries and bakes are freshly made in-house, and they also have some wonderful soups and quiches for lunch.


12. Cuckoo

150 Dundas St, Edinburgh EH3 5DQ

Known for its award-winning cupcakes, Cuckoo bakery also features weekly specials, delicious brownies and seasonal products. They’re committed to using the best, locally sourced ingredients, starting work at 3am every morning to make their tasty bakes. Cuckoo is much loved by the gluten-free community, for their banoffee cupcakes and carrot cake.


13. La Barantine

202 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh EH10 4DF

La Barantine, a charming French boulangerie with several branches across Edinburgh, is a must-visit. Their baguettes boast a moist crumb and crunchy exterior, unparalleled in the city. The croissants are unanimously acclaimed as the best in Edinburgh. 

If you want more of a sweet treat, La Barantine offers delicate pâtisserie like Tarte aux Abricots, Gâteau Saint Honoré, and Macarons. For a satisfying lunch, opt for a homemade quiche or a deliciously filled baguette, featuring comté cheese and jambon.

14. Bits Bake Shop

38 Dalkeith Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5BS

Opened in the summer of 2018, Bits is a hidden gem in the Edinburgh Southside, offering takeaway baking and hot drinks. With a focus on homely Scandinavian and British-style baking, the bakery emphasizes seasonality and locality. Located within walking distance of Arthur’s Seat, Bits is the perfect spot to grab some goodies before embarking on a long walk.

Most visitors are drawn to the heavenly home-baked brownies available in enticing flavors like Rye and Sea Salt, Marmalade, or Peanut Butter. The coffee, sourced from the local roastery Williams & Johnson, is expertly prepared, giving a delicious pairing with the baked treats.

15. Considerit

3, 5A Sciennes, Newington, Edinburgh EH9 1NH

Considerit is your go-to spot for vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free indulgences, specializing in doughnuts, ice cream, and ice-cream-filled doughnuts. While we can’t guarantee it’s all healthy, we can attest that it’s absolutely delicious. Don’t let the labels deter you, especially if you’re a staunch doughnut enthusiast. With flavors like lemon ginger custard and chocolate honeycomb, Considerit’s offerings are just as good, if not better, than the ‘real thing.’


16. The Bearded Baker

46 Rodney St, Edinburgh EH7 4DX

Nestled in Canonmills, The Bearded Baker is a cozy bakery and coffee shop renowned for its delicious bagels. Choose from plain or with fillings like bacon, smoked salmon & cream cheese. 

Beyond bagels, they offer a range of cakes, doughnuts, sourdough loaves, and coffee. Embracing localism, they prioritize small producers wherever possible. A highly recommended spot for a bite, followed by a leisurely stroll around the Royal Botanic Gardens.


17. Hobz

106 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5DT

Hobz, a new bakery on Leith Walk, is making waves with its popular grilled cheese sandwiches and cookies. Specializing in naturally fermented bread, this venture is driven by the entrepreneurial spirit of 25-year-old Matthew Mallia.

With an open plan bakery concept, Hobz bakes all morning, ensuring customers experience the freshest products possible. Alongside their signature bread, the bakery offers a delectable selection of pastries, including croissants, pumpkin pies, cookies, and more.


18. Lannan 

29-35 Hamilton Pl, Edinburgh EH3 5BA

Lannan, a recent addition to the bustling bakery scene in Stockbridge, has Edinburgh locals queuing around the block to snag their coveted baked goods. 

Lannan’s weekly-changing menu features founder Darcie’s signature bakes, from classic viennoiserie to custard slices, yum yums, and iced buns. Limited-run creations using local and seasonal produce include lemon meringue tarts, dauphinoise pastries, and crème brûlée danishes.

On the savory side, hand pies and pala romana sandwiches with charcuterie and cheese from I.J. Mellis and The Ham & Cheese Co. are also on offer.

19. The Wee Boulangerie

67 Clerk St, Newington, Edinburgh EH8 9JG

Tucked away on Clerk Street, the charming Wee Boulangerie has been delighting customers since its establishment in 2012. Passionate about creating scrumptious artisan baked goods, the bakery is home to two skilled bakers who spend their day crafting treats using traditional methods from various European regions.

The light and lovely space provides a glimpse into the bustling bakery behind the counter, adorned with bread of various shapes and sizes. At the Wee Boulangerie, things are done with authenticity – bread is wrapped in paper, macarons are carefully placed in boxes tied with decorative string, echoing the traditions found in France. 

On the counter, a tempting array of offerings includes focaccia stuffed with vegetables, brioche buns, fougasses (a stuffed bread from Provence), and a beautiful display of four flavors of macarons. Katia, one of the owners, also crafts amazing nougat, hailed as the best in Edinburgh and Scotland. The selection might feature almond croissants, savory twists, and biscuits, depending on the baker’s creativity that day. 


20. Lovecrumbs

155 West Port, Edinburgh EH3 9DP

Lovecrumbs, situated in the historic West Port area of Edinburgh, is the crème de la crème when it comes to homemade classic treats drenched in sugary sweetness. The quirky cafe is renowned for its delicious homemade cakes, specialty coffee, and grilled cheeses.

Notable highlights on their menu include a rich, salty peanut butter chocolate tart and a moist and fragrant violet and blueberry cake. 

The cafe’s space, adorned with a vintage, upcycled look, can feel a bit crowded when full, but the ambiance is nonetheless charming. The day’s cakes are creatively displayed in a Narnia-style wardrobe, with helpful descriptions scrawled on a blackboard alongside.


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