I had overindulged and I was feeling a little fragile, so I thought the best solution would be to head somewhere with nourishing vegetable goodness, in a bid to reawaken my flagging system.


But then, due to meat taunting from NusrEt, in Istanbul, where a friend was celebrating his birthday, I felt the need to take some retaliatory burger action. Cue a fairly aimless wander, which brought me to the door of the Fair Trade Coffee Shop, which provided me with the perfect solution: soup and a burger.

I’d been aware of Fair Trade for a wee while, having plodded up and down Leith Walk on various occasions, most recently when visiting the excellent Sicilian Pastry Shop. It looked like a fairly run-of-the-mill place, but I was pleased to find it deeply joyful, on today’s visit.

Quirky table

It’s one of those places that has such a relaxed and welcoming vibe to it, that you feel waves of replenishment washing over you, as you sit in their informal seating area, spend a little time catching up on world events, and taking a few minutes away from the rigours of the workaday world. The warm welcome added to this, in no small measure.

As mentioned, I opted for soup, with a vegetable broth being perfect casting as their soup of the day, and a burger, with a bacon cheeseburger my choice.


The two items arrived together, after I’d been initially refreshed by sipping a glass of water. Both looked good, with the burger amply stocked with accompanying foliage. I tested the soup, which was on the stewy side, with a profusion of barley, split peas and carrots, but left it to one side, as it was volcanically hot.

The burger proved to be very decent, with well-balanced mouthfuls combining the beef, bacon, cheese and crisp salad crunch, with the fresh roll. It hit the spot, very nicely.


The soup was very good. It was exactly what I was requiring, with its some pulses playing a great role in restoring my sense of well-being.

So overall, I found the Fair Trade Coffee Shop to be a really enjoyable spot. The relaxing ambience combined with joyous exuberance from the friendly staff, with an added dose of simple, tasty food, came together to produce a winning experience. I’d happily pop back here, next time my batteries need recharging.

Blythe scores the Fair Trade Coffee Shop
3.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 14/20

Today’s quester was: Blythe

I ate: vegetable broth; bacon cheeseburger

I drank: water

I wore: tweed

Total bill: £5.50

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Written by BKR