Saturday, 26 March 2016

Edinburgh cafe: Mimi's Bakehouse

As our time in Edinburgh is drawing to a close, I am feeling a bit sad about the lack of time to return to some of the wonderful places where we have eaten.  Though I did return for some lovely simnel cake at Summerhall today.  Mimi's Bakehouse on the Canongate in the Old Town is one such place.

We stopped at Mimi's about a week ago for a cuppa and cake and I really wanted to return for some of their lovely sandwiches.  Yesterday we passed by and the few tables were full.  Nae chance, then!  No wonder it is popular.  The food was really good and the place is charming.  Upon entering, it is warm and welcoming with pink lights, bunting and a beautiful display of cakes.

I was quite interested by the drink options.  Given that I don't drink coffee and rarely drink alcohol, it sometimes feels that there aren't many fancy drinks offered that interest me.  So I was drawn to the raspberry ripple hot chocolate.  Unfortunately I don't like cream on my hot chocolate so I didn't get the full whammy of the drink topped with cream and ripples of chocolate.  I still enjoyed something a little different and the hot chocolate was delicious.  E also enjoyed his salted caramel latte.

The cupcakes were really cute but we were drawn to the slices.  E chose a Mars Bar Slice and Sylvia had a Malteser Slice.  I shared some of each slice.  What really impressed me was that the slices were not cold out of a refrigerated display cabinet but were room temperature.  Both tasted wonderful.  They were fresh and decadent with lots of crunchy bits and a creamy chocolate ganache on top.

I really liked the sound of the sandwiches.  Mull of Kintyre cheddar with caramelised onion chutney.  Or Applewood smoked cheddar with sweet chilli jam.  On the online menu for the Costorphine bakehouse is also a vegetarian breakfast with glamorgan sausages and veg haggis that sounds delicious.  Sadly we are unlikely to have a chance to try these on this trip.

Nevertheless it was lovely to stop at the bakehouse and enjoy a warm drink and delicious slice in such a stylish room.  And I knew they were people after my own heart because above the counter is written "it's all about the cake".  Amen to that!

Mimi's Bakehouse
250 Canongate, Edinburgh
0131 556 6632
Open: M-F: 8am - 6pm, Sat-Sun: 10am - 6pm

Mimi's Picnic Parlour Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


  1. Your pictures capture the cosy charm of this place and the raspberry hot chocolate sounds intriguing. I find more slices are room temperature here, probably because the room temperature is so much colder than in Australia!, which I like as well.

    1. Thanks Kari - interesting about slices being room temperature here - I hate really hard cold slices - they should be meltingly soft like at Mimi's


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