Top cafes East Lothian

Top Cafes and Bike-Friendly Spots in East Lothian

Discover the best food stops in East Lothian with Ezee Riders’ Electric Bike Foodie Tours. Here in our beautiful part of Scotland’s east coast, we are lucky enough to have an incredible range of local food and drink places (and producers) on our doorstep. Explore top cafes and bike-friendly spots as you cycle through the scenic routes of East Lothian.

Drift Café – A Must-Visit Food Stop in East Lothian

Drift is a fabulous café constructed from shipping containers and glass. It features a light, Scandi-style pared-back interior. Drift sits in a spectacular spot on cliffs just above Canty Bay, a short cycle or a half-hour walk from North Berwick. Everything on the menu is homemade, and the brunch and baking are especially good.  There’s also a trailer serving takeaways. Either way, you’ll want to take time to soak up the panoramic view over the Firth of Forth and the Bass Rock. As popular with locals as it is with visitors, it’s best to book. Drift is one of the best food stops East Lothian offers.

Steampunk – Top Café in East Lothian

In the heart of North Berwick, this former warehouse-turned-coffee roastery, wholesaler and café is where you’ll find arguably the best coffee in the county.  You can buy roasted beans or ground coffee (they also sell online) or get the super-knowledgeable staff to brew you the perfect flat white.  With lots of pop-up events and a record store open in the comfy upstairs area at weekends, Steampunk is always worth a visit, with the scrumptious banana bread a must-have with whichever artisan coffee you choose. The courtyard is a real suntrap and ideal for propping up your bike.

Tyninghame Smithy – A Bike-Friendly Café in East Lothian

 Here’s another sunny courtyard much loved by cyclists, this time situated in the picture-perfect village of Tyninghame – all pink cottages and the prettiest village hall you’ll ever see – just a mile or so from the glorious beach of the same name.  The Smithy is a traditional tea room with a well-earned reputation for excellent scones and traybakes; it’s a great stop off and a scenic ride along country lanes from the equally picturesque village of East Linton.

Whitekirk Hill Orangery Café – East Lothian food stop

For a more contemporary vibe, head for Whitekirk Hill, a leisure club with the spacious Orangery café serving very good breakfasts and lunch options.  They do a fine classic toastie, or be more adventurous with a brisket bao bun or seafood platter. Very child-friendly (there’s a Play Barn for little ones) and dogs also get a lovely welcome (plus biscuits). If you want to splash out, there’s an impressive afternoon tea with all the trimmings.  Sit inside or out, where there’s an enclosed terrace with fire pit and heat lamps.

The Loft Bakery and Café – best café in Haddington

Let’s head over to the market town of Haddington now and the hidden gem that is The Loft Bakery and Café. Discreetly tucked into the unlikely surroundings of the county council offices, The Loft is in fact a bright and airy old stone building with a paved courtyard serving very happy customers a brilliant breakfast and brunch menu, Pekoe teas, Artisan Roast coffee and most importantly, legendary sausage rolls.  The Loft is the perfect re-fuelling stop for the next leg of your bike ride, and yes, you definitely deserve a slice of Victoria sponge.

The Wishing Tree by the Sea – Dunbar café

Set in an ex-bowling club pavilion in the leafy surroundings of Lauderdale Park in the harbour town of Dunbar, The Wishing Tree is ideal if you’re cycling the North Berwick to Dunbar stretch of the John Muir Way or Cycling Route 76.  This friendly family-run café serves superb coffee and hot chocolate, homemade soups, bistro-style specials and phenomenal bakes including a Biscoff Rocky Road – need we say more

Bostock Bakery – Best East Lothian bakery

Sourdough and French-style patisserie specialists, there are two branches of this cult East Lothian bakery: a bijou shop with a couple of tables on North Berwick’s high street, and the bakery itself which is in an industrial-style building on the outskirts of East Linton, where you can sit and watch the artisan bakers at work. Drop in at either place for the most buttery, flakiest croissants this side of the Channel and their seriously good rye sourdough. Also the only place, as far as we know, where you can get a cruffin.  Don’t say we didn’t warn you . . .

These are just a few suggestions, all of which come highly recommended by the Ezee Riders team.  There are many more to explore, so do let us know of your own East Lothian favourites – pop a post on our Facebook or Insta page and share the love (and treats)!  If you’d like to join one of our glorious foodie e-bike tours, you can find out more here.