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Corstorphine in Edinburgh is the latest area to welcome Mimi’s Bakehouse

ES_Mimis_CorstorphineColourAfter successful launches in firstly The Shore, Leith and more recently the High Street in Edinburgh’s Old Town, Mimi’s Bakehouse has today opened the doors on their Corstorphine branch.

I visited earlier this week to sketch the exterior of their St John’s Road store, so you will recognise it as you search for your coffee and cake fix this afternoon.


Do pop in and try their now famous home baking and wish them well on what I’m sure will be another hugely popular branch of their family run business.


Sketch in fine liner pen with a watercolour wash.


Mimi’s Bakehouse website.

Coffee and sketching in Stockbridge, Edinburgh

Grounds CoffeeThis week I enjoyed a bit of drawing and a deliciously smooth flat white in Grounds of Stockbridge, Edinburgh’s newest coffee shop.


Situated on Deanhaugh Street by the Water of Leith the front window gives a delightful view of Stockbridge and is a great place to watch the busy folk of Edinburgh going about their business.


I’m glad to say they stock a great selection of cakes and sandwiches, with gluten free options and allergy-friendly foods from Grams of Edinburgh.


Pop in soon for a cuppa, and have a look at the great local art they have on their walls. Also you can now buy Edinburgh Sketcher Christmas cards there too!



Seaside Exhibition at The Haven Cafe

HavenWallThis week I have been putting up a new exhibition at The Haven Cafe in Newhaven, Edinburgh.


Famed for their legendary breakfasts and home baking the Havenettes are very welcoming and run a relaxed and homely cafe between Leith and Granton Harbour.


My wall is on the right as you enter the light and airy eatery, so find them out if you havent already. Enjoy a scrummy breakfast or delightful coffee and cake , whilst looking at my high quality prints. They are priced from £25 to £49 and available to take straight away.


The Haven Cafe website.




Tea for two in the National Library of Scotland

teapot_NLS_wsToday I had a meeting at the National Library of Scotland and fell in love with this teapot, so much so I had to sketch it.

The recently refurbished National Library of Scotland has a large and very welcoming cafe with cakes, pastries and sandwiches as well as rolling news via the BBC world service channel.


Of course they also have thousands of books creating a major European research library, with collections of world-class importance. I will have to go back and explore that further when I have a little more time. As well as in the George IV Bridge building the library has a huge amount of digital resources online, see the link below to explore further.


National Library of Scotland website

Keeping warm and cosy

LatteSketchToday as #Scotstorm or #Weatherbomb hits Scotland and the rest of the UK I am keeping warm, sketching indoors at Summerhall.

The cafe in Summerhall just by the Meadows in Edinburgh’s South side serves a good selection of soups and pastries, and delicious coffee. Not just a place to pick up my prints, it is also a fascinating place to see the every changing artworks indoors and the thriving artistic activity around the courtyard within.


I love to visit and soak all the creativity up. This sketch is in black fineliner with a water colour wash. I hope you all are staying warm and cosy this afternoon!


Summerhall website

Deli-lightful :)

VictorHugoInteriorSorry 🙂 but I love Victor Hugo’s delicatessen and coffee/cafe shop on the South side of the Meadows.


I was back to sketching in the city today after my holidays. I could easily spend my days sketching in coffee shops, and very happy I’d be too.


This is Victor Hugo, a place I sketched once before from the outside, HERE, but today I was tucked away in a booth watching the staff make lattes by the deli counter.



  • Victor Hugo’s website.


Colour of the Circus

CircusCafeWindowTonight’s sketch is a colourful number from a cafe on St Mary’s Street. I popped into ‘Circus’ for a cup of tea and sat near the rear of the bright and colourful bistro looking out over their lovely wee courtyard.

Unfortunately the sky was full of showers on the day but I imagine on another it would be a great little sun trap.

From the card I picked up on the way out I can see the cafe is full of activity; workshops, live music, art exhibitions and more. Pop in for a look and a bite to eat, and if the sun is shining I could well be sketching in the courtyard 🙂

Kiss the fish

Has anyone been to this art and crafts studio nestling off the main street in Stockbridge? I first heard about it when my sister visited last year – she found it on t’internet and took her daughter, they raved about it afterwards. They had made and decorated a lovely giraffe together.

I passed at the weekend and had a look in but they were busy with a birthday party so I sketched this outside instead. I think my two are a little young just yet but definitely one for the future – I’m hoping the mums and dads can get messy  too 🙂

Click HERE for their website and next time your in Stockbridge seek them out and decorate something!

The sketch was done in pencil, in a n A5 pad.

Well done The Haven

Congratulations to Natalie Kwek and her Newhaven cafe, ‘The Haven’. Recently voted ‘The Place to Eat in Edinburgh’ on Tripadvisor above many Michelin star restaurants, this cosy cafe is the perfect place for a pot of tea and a piece of home made cake, or an all day breakfast.

Have a look at this video interview from STV Edinburgh HERE, and head down there too. EdinburghSketcher has a few sketches on the wall you may recognise but the one above is of Natalie herself, from one of my many visits.

Visit the facebook page for The Haven HERE.