Union of Genius serves five delicious fresh homemade soups daily, good local artisanal bread, and has an ethical way of business. They have a shop in Old Town, and have recently taken over Elephant Juice’s van; which can be found most days on George Square.
Union of Genius source all their products ethically and locally; there’s a map in the shop of all the Scottish farms and other small businesses they work with. They serve coffee from Spotters’ favourites Artisan Roast (check the Artisan Roast article) and hot chocolate from Bruntsfield’s Chocolate Tree. They’re also heavily in to (reducing, reusing and) recycling, and offer a recycling card instead of a loyalty card.
Each soup comes with your choice of a few breads, including a gluten-free bread, rice cakes or oat cakes. Sometimes it’s hard to choose, so I definitely recommend the soup flight of three breads and three soups (£ 5).
Late last year, Union of Genius took over Elephant Juice‘s soup van (previously on Spotted by Locals), and have resumed selling delicious soup in various places, including George Square.
If you can’t make it to Union of Genius, they also serve a boatload of other establishments in Edinburgh by bike.