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“Coffee is superior, but...” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Area C Coffeehouse

Area C Coffeehouse
Ranked #95 of 154 Coffee & Tea in Edinburgh
Cuisines: Cafe
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Seating
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Seating
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Coffee is superior, but...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2014

The coffee here is superior and very good. I love the style of the place and enjoy coming here, BUT... I have to wash all my clothes after I have been to Area C. There is obviously no proper ventilation for the fryer that cooks the falafel, because the smell is almost carcinogenic !

... there are a few options - get some proper ventilation ( expensive ) Open the doors or windows - change the oil every 2 days - and the last one, just turn off the fryer after lunch and turn it on just before.

Honestly the smell is ghastly , it gets up the nose, in the back of the throat and it attaches itself to your clothes.

Don't worry there are plenty of other cafes that have this exact same problem - but I never go there because of this very fact,now I hesitate every time I want to go to Area C because of this.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank unsilentmajority
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English first
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Falafel to die for, coffee to kill for, cakes to cry over.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2014

I am now happy to call Area C my local: the mismatched furnishings & sedate pace serve only to underscore what is true about Area C : with coffee this good and freshly made falafel no gimmicks are required. A family operated business, Area C is a welcomed and well overdue addition to Leith Walk. Their bespoke espresso machine is a work of art and I defy any coffee lovers not to try their signature phat-white and not want to immediately have another. Karl, Phil, Leroy & Finn - keep it up guys!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank UnavoidableLeither
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Area C Coffee House”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2014 via mobile

Although i found the interior clean and tidy i felt i was interrupting when i visited,served by a sullen barista whom i caught staring at me as if i'd angered him somehow,the coffee was as good as i've had but i didn't feel welcome. I don't write reviews but felt compelled here, too many times people can be blasé about customer care, this isn't London smile at your customers!

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Thank Philip D
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Edinburgh
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Best coffee in Leith”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2013

Easily top five in Edinburgh for coffee, and that's only because there's more than one Artisan Roast. Good espresso made with lever operated machine. Well priced and the staff are friendly.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank jacksmonkey
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