In the old engine shed of a local railway line, the imaginatively named The Engine Shed is a wonderful vegetarian café and organic bakery as well as providing training for people with learning disabilities.
I first came across The Engine Shed at the Farmers’ Market (check the Edinburgh Farmers’ Market article) where they sell their cookies, cakes and tofu on the first and third Saturdays of the month. They also sell through a number of other places in Edinburgh which is just as well because I can never go for more than a week without picking up some of their cookies.
The café itself is a relaxed and lively place to grab some lunch or to stop in for a cup of coffee and one of their cakes. They always have a range of cakes on offer including vegan and gluten free options. I can never decide if the vegan chocolate cake or the gypsy creams are my favourite.
The prices are really good, coffee and cake will set you back around £ 3 and there is free wifi so it’s easy to get settled in for the afternoon.
Alternatively, The Engine Shed is a good starting point for the Innocent Railway Path so it could be ideal to get some fuel for a walk or cycle before ending up at the Sheep Heid Inn (see the Sheep Heid Inn article).