Friday, 20 June 2014

Edinburgh is Delicious - The Haven Cafe

The Haven is one of those special wee places close to my heart that I simultaneously want to tell everyone about, but also kinda want to keep all to myself.  Not that it's a well-kept secret - it's been lauded on TripAdvisor and weekend visits have to be well timed to ensure seats are secured (bagsy the comfy chairs by the fireplace).  Located on an unassuming street in Newhaven, it's super-local for me, however its popularity means that I need to adjust my slacker lifestyle to get my brunch fix for the weekend.  It is totally worth it though, their brunches are amongst the best around.  Proper no-nonsense full breakfasts can be found here: bacon, sausage, black pudding, haggis, fried egg, tomato, mushrooms, beans, tattie scone, toast AND a mug of tea for £6.95.  Can I get a hellsyeah!?  The veggie breakfast is equally fulsome with no sign of any pesky rocket on the plate either.  Other brunch options include filled rolls (at a bargain £2), pancakes, eggy-bread and bacon, porridge and croissants.  There's also a pancake special of the day with options like choc-chip, banana, raspberry and blueberry - all available to order with bacon and syrup so that you can pretend you're in New York.

But the Haven is not just about great brunches, it's also about great cakes.  The lovely ladies who work there make gorgeous cakes, slices and scones - in fact they're so good that I asked them to make some cakes for my wedding.  You can check out the frequent updates on their Facebook page.  They sell all the usual favourites like chocolate, victoria sponge, after-eight slice, empire biscuits and scones, but have some deliciously inventive cakes too - like marshmallow topped rocky road brownie cake, coconut cake filled with home-made pineapple jam, and their own creation, Slice of Haven, a chocolate slice stuffed with Oreos.

On top of all this, it's also a pretty nice place to hang out. There's a cool vintage aesthetic but it's homely too - stuffed full of mismatched crockery, vinyl for sale, art-deco mirrors, old typewriters and vintage photos.  They also host the occasional event, such as the recent Etsy Craft Party and you can check out some of the photos on this Vivid Please blogpost.  I'm already looking forward to visiting again soon!


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