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The Treehouse Cafe in Edinburgh

So we’ve officially moved into Edinburgh! I’m sure you’re as excited as we are to learn more about this beautiful city and its very eclectic inhabitants. Part of moving into a new home is, of course, exploring your surroundings. We’ve been out and about, wandering and popping into various shops and eateries to check out the best of our new expat home (okay, so I’m the only technical expat here since my Irish-Colombian grew up in Scotland, but he’s never lived in Edinburgh). I’ll be sharing some highlights that we uncover as we go…first up is our favorite new cafe: The Treehouse Cafe.

All About The Treehouse Cafe in Edinburgh

This little corner spot rests just beside Bruntsfield Links, which is a short golf course and essentially an extension of the city’s lovely Meadows. The Barclay Viewforth Church of Scotland stands across the street, but have no fear, there is ample sunshine streaming in through the massive windows of this little cafe. Well, that is, when Scotland shows off the occasional sunshine!

Edinburgh pancakes

You’ll find tons of tourist information in all the postcards and pamphlets, plus newspapers and magazines to peruse over your morning coffee. It’s a small cafe, so seating is limited and its popularity means you may have to wait for a table. Feel free to catch up on reading about local tourist attractions while you wait.

The Treehouse Cafe offers exceptional breakfasts, the highlight of which is their array of pancake options. Go hungry, these stacks are no joke. A well-rounded meal of pancakes, bacon, and eggs should tide you over for half the day.

pancakes in Edinburgh

Or maybe opt for the ever-so-slightly lighter banana pancakes. It’s fine, you can convince yourself they’re healthy because, well, fruit.

Best pancakes Edinburgh

If you’re after an even healthier option, check out the porridge (oatmeal, for us Americans) with fruit, or some of the lighter fare of scrambled eggs and toast.

Edinburgh breakfast

The coffee is hot, the teas are plentiful, and the cakes….oh the cakes. Good luck refusing yourself a treat while those cakes and muffins stare at you.

Lunch at The Treehouse Cafe is yet another blitz of fresh eats, boasting flavorful paninis and fresh, homemade soups. If you’re ready to make your stomach growl, take a look at their Instagram feed to see their fresh ingredients through to the final drool-worthy products.

Pesto chicken mozzarella panini with salads and soup (leek & potato) nutritious, healthy & tasty! #thetreehouseedinburgh #edibleedinburgh #healthyeating #edinburghcafes #edinburghfood

A photo posted by The Treehouse Cafe (@thetreehouseedinburgh) on


Where is The Treehouse Cafe?

Located in the popular Tollcross area on Leven Street, only two minutes’ walk from King’s Theatre, The Treehouse Cafe can be reached via a multitude of bus lines traversing the city from north to south. You can hop on pretty much any line leaving Princes Street heading down Lothian Road. Alternatively, it’s not a long walk from The Meadows, from Grassmarket, or from Haymarket. Wherever you’re headed after breakfast, plan to walk off the giant meal you’re about to ingest.

The Treehouse Cafe Edinburgh

Language Lesson: In the UK, you don’t hear, “Is that for here or to go?” Instead, if you’re not dining in, you’ll be opting for takeaway.

The Treehouse Cafe is open 9am-5pm on Sundays, and 8am-5pm the rest of the week. Go check it out, you won’t regret it.

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Edinburgh Expat Explorations: The Treehouse Cafe

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