The Colony

On my way to an evening of curry trauma at Morningside Spice the other night, I noticed the arrival of The Colony, a new cafe on Home Street, just near the Pine Tree Bakery. I made a note to visit and did so on a blustery Saturday morning.

Interior detail

Upon entering I soon discovered it was a Portuguese/Brazilian cafe. This meant a strong emphasis on coffee in various styles and an abundance of sweet and savoury pastries including delicious looking pastel de nata.

It was a little early for sweet treats though so I opted for an esfiha – a ham and cheese filled pastry – which was warmed to order. I added a ristretto.

While both were prepared, I ambled through to the rear seating area which is quite magical. With eye-catching wall art and an Aladdin’s cave array of books and ceramics, it’s a lovely little hideaway.


My items were soon with me. The coffee from Portela coffee, a Portuguese roaster based out of a small chain of cafes in Lisbon, was well made and pretty satisfying.

The pastry was light and packed with melty filling. It was a highly enjoyable eat.


So overall, The Colony is a hugely charming new place that has the feel of the kind of cafe in which you’d gladly while away an afternoon. I was really impressed with what I sampled and look forward to visiting again soon. I’d recommend it to you.

Blythe scores The Colony
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4.5/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16/20

I ate: ham and cheese pastry (esfiha)

I drank: ristretto, water

I wore: informal trousers

Total bill: £4

Address: 58 Home Street, Edinburgh EH3 9NA

Written by BKR