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February 22, 2012

Café culture collective


The need to create spaces that allow people to meet and while away some time together is a fundamental part of the human condition.  In sunnier climes,  traditions of outside public space have evolved – the plaza or village square – but the Scottish weather forced us indoors and although the dominant choice of shared space became the pub, the community café is a welcome alternative.  Notoriously difficult to make work as viable businesses, Edinburgh’s community cafes have joined forces in a bid to win new custom



The Edinburgh Community Cafes Network aims to bring cafes across the city together to support each other. What is a community cafe? Our definition of a community cafe is inclusive and based on common consensus. Most cafes are profit-making and this money usually goes towards a charitable group or community service. 
Community cafes in Edinburgh are varied and individual, many working towards one or more of these aims:
  • Be a sociable place
  • Support people to develop their skills
  • Independent
  • Attractive to all ages
  • Promote healthier eating
  • Serve fair‐trade and ethical choices
  • Efficient, professional and modern
  • A place that prevents isolation
  • A place that depends on support from volunteers
  • Use local produce
  • Be very welcoming
  • Social enterprise
See our video below for a peek into some of the cafes around town and to find out more about our network.

The Cafe Network is excited to announce the launch of a loyalty card scheme from.  
Buy soup and a roll from any of our twenty participating cafes, get your card stamped at the till and get your sixth free!
Why not explore new community cafes? If each of your stamps comes from a different place you can enter a prize draw to win a delicious fruit basket…