Edinburgers have a secret. When the weather is good, when the weather is bad, coffee shops keep the city glowing, perfect for when a full-on restaurant makes a tad bit too much of an option.
One of the most loved cafes in Edinburgh is The Elephant House, situated in the city’s George IV Bridge. This is the place where the boy who lived was born. Come here whether to pass time, meet a friend, or create novels spanning magical childhood years like that of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter.
Here is where I spent an afternoon writing postcards, eating beef pie with gravy and mashed potato on the side, munching on a Maltesers cake, and unwittingly hearing the chitchats of strangers.
Choose to sit at the back portion of the cafe if you fancy seeing the Edinburgh castle by the window. It’s quite a show from this spot: whimsical view from afar and warm and moody vibes right at your fingertips.
Adding a touch of quaintness is the co-owner’s fondness for elephants: wall art, postcards, figurines, sculptures, everywhere you point your head at, you’ll see it everywhere. They say elephants never forget –and this place will make you remember, for always.
End your journey at the restroom where a surprise awaits. Bring a pen if you must, it may serve as your key to Hogwarts.