1-7 Montrose Terrace
|Open every day|
Coffee: Assembly Coffee & guests
Also: Meals, beans & general merchandise
|Coolness: The charming fairy tale building exterior|
Century General Stores (5♥) occupies the ground floor of a very quaint wedge-shaped building in Abbeyhill, just East of central Edinburgh.
The coffee is excellent, offering a choice of London's high quality Assembly Coffee and a changing guest roaster, made with great skill and care. Tea drinkers can sip local supplier Pekoe Tea and there's a selection of meals, cakes and pastries, including gluten free.
The shop is triangular with the coffee machine and serving area running along the shorter side. It has a simple decor with timber flooring, six or so black tables with chairs and white walls. It also has a high bench against the front rounded window where you can perch and watch the world go by.
Breakfast choices include croissants, granola & yoghurt, toasted banana bread and other buns and pastries. Lunches from midday include sourdough sandwiches with a tasty selection of toppings such as hot smoked salmon, avocado, mixed leaves and wasabi mayo, goats cheese, chilli jam and rocket salad and roast veggies with olive tapenade. Every day they also put on a vegetarian soup and stew of the day.
The General Store section relates mostly to a wall of shelving that stocks plates, coffee and tea pots, candles, drinking glasses and other useful household items. They also stock some gourmet chocolate and greetings cards and other stylish bits and bobs.
All in all, this is an uber chilled zone with tip top coffee and locals are indeed lucky to have Century General Store in their neighbourhood!