If there’s one thing I love more than coffee, it’s coffee and cake. Lovecrumbs, located in the West Port, a short stroll from the Grassmarket, does both brilliantly. The Edinburgh College of Art sits across the road, so the arty atmosphere is hardly surprising.
Mismatched furniture and china give Lovecrumbs a shabby vibe, but with the paint-chipped tables, vintage sofas, and bare light bulbs swinging on their wires, it exudes eccentric charm. There’s a piano at the back; giant windows overlooking the West Port (you can lounge in them with your cake and watch the world go by); and potted plants dotted here and there. I loved it - and that was before the coffee and cake.
Cakes are displayed like works of art on the shelves of an old wooden wardrobe, flavours outlined in chalk on their open doors. That afternoon’s baking included beetroot and coconut cake, goat cheese and thyme scones, and apple crumble, among others. I went for the less adventurous option of a caramel brownie paired with a (perfect) flat white, and it didn’t disappoint.