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Qupi was the very first cafe I visited in Edinburgh. I remember the day because we had a flat viewing down at Leith Links and had taken the 11 bus from the city centre (rookie mistake). This meant we had to run half way down Leith Walk to get to the viewing on time. On our way back down the walk, we were in need of a caffeine kick and that’s how we discovered Qupi. It’s been one of my favourite cafes ever since.
Qupi is a lovely, quirky little cafe. On one of the better summer days, you can take your coffee out to the front and enjoy it in the sun. There’s two sections to the cafe inside. The front is where the ‘kitchen’ and counter is and there’s a few various seating areas. The backroom room contains an assortment of quirky chairs, tables, ornaments and lots of hats hanging from the ceiling (obviously the sorts of things you’d expect to find in a cafe).
My preferred seat is just to the left as you enter the door. It’s kind of in it’s own little cut-off section which is probably why I like it. Qupi has its fair number of regulars as I’ve seen a few familiar faces in there on more than one occasion. If I lived just a little bit closer or worked nearby, I’d probably pop in for a coffee and lunch quite a bit more often.
I usually visit Qupi a few times a month. I’ve never actually been in early enough to order something from the breakfast menu (it’s on the to-do list though). I usually go for one of their baguettes, of which there’s a few. The bacon, brie and cranberry sauce baguette is a favourite of mine.
On this occasion I went for a baguette with salmon, brie and onions. I’m not usually a big salmon fan but I wanted to have a bit of a change from my usual choice. I was served quickly and with a smile. The staff have always been polite when I’ve been in.
As far as the baguette goes, well what can I say, salmon is salmon, brie is brie and onions are onions. The baguette and brie were grilled just right. The baguette, still soft enough to bite into and the brie, not quite melted so far enough as to make a mess. The baguette is served with a delicious salad, which I’d really like the know all the ingredients of as I’d love to be able to enjoy it at home.
Each time you visit you’ll probably get a different cup each time, another quirky little touch which I love about Qupi. They also have an assortment of unusual spoons. It’s little touches like these that keep me coming back for my coffee fix. I had my usual cappuccino today.
With quirky cups, hats hanging from the ceiling and friendly staff, it’s easy to see why I avoid the large monotonous coffee shops and head straight to Qupi.
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Address: 171 Leith Walk, EH6 8NR Edinburgh
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