Here is another article which was published in Scotcampus Magazine this October, looking at the best coffee houses to cosy up in and get some serious work done this winter in Scotland. You can read the entire magazine here.
In this age of portability – with devices as powerful as desktop computers and as small as mobile phones ever within our reach – productivity is no longer confined to the four walls of an office. And, with nooks of inspiration lurking on every corner of Scotland’s most famous highstreets, there really is no reason why the work space cannot be teleported to the location where you also nourish your caffeine demon. Here are our favourite “coffice” retreats (coffee offices, get it?) when there are no vacant power sockets in the library.
- The Elephant House: George IV Bridge, Edinburgh
Arguably, The Elephant House is the ultimate of all “coffices”. Author’s as great as J. K. Rowling and Ian Rankin have penned their bestselling titles under the roof of this gourmet coffee house, located on a quaint corner of Edinburgh’s ancient town. The shop, which has become quite the tourist attraction following the rising success of the Harry Potter novels, is your one stop-shop for productive inspiration and tasty cakes.
2. John Cowan’s Coffee House: St. John Street, Stirling
John Cowan’s Coffee House is located within the hospital of the same name and is one of the most historical settings within Stirling. The owner shares our passion for cosiness and burns a log fire in the colder months to give customers the most comfortable working area, all beneath the iconic stained glass window of Auld Staneybreeks himself.
3. Tinderbox: Ingrim Street, Glasgow
Big and colourful with lots of meeting spaces: Tinderbox on Glasgow’s Ingrim Street boasts an impressive array of cosy work places across two floors. Standing only a stone-throw away from the University of Strathclyde, it is no wonder why it is popular amongst students looking for a taste of luxury whilst mulling over textbooks.
4. An Clachan: Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow
Hidden away from the bustling shoppers and street performers on Buchanan Street, the An Clachan sits well within the safety of Glasgow’s iconic Kelvingrove Park. Not only does it sell delicious pastries and ice-cream, the round-shaped hut is warm, tranquil and reminiscent of winter celebrations during the colder months – perfect to work through paperwork in.
5. Yvi’s House of Tea: Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen
Yvi’s House of Tea is rated number 1 coffee/tea house in Aberdeen on Trip Advisor – and for good reason. The shop is decorated with upcycled furniture from local designers and serves their renowned loose leaf tea in vintage tea sets to satisfy the even the classiest of office workers.