For those that love all things chocolate and have been living in Edinburgh for a while, you’ll maybe remember the cafe Chocolate Soup that was open for a good number of years at Hunter Square before it disappeared a few years ago. For others, like me, who enjoy a nice cup of flavoured hot chocolate, it was a hedonistic experience that sadly disappeared. I found out about chocolate heaven Coro Chocolate Cafe in Inverleith and decided to take some friends with me and the OH to see if it will live up to my expectations.
Nestled amongst other cafes and shops along Inverleith Row, the small but cosy cafe beckons customers into their store with homemade chocolate bars and selectors, samples of waffles and pancakes with tempting toppings. Once inside, customers are sat amongst a variety of chocolate fun facts, packets of chocolates available for sale and a clear view of the cake display.
If you thought you were only in for a hot chocolate or milkshake treat, you’ll be surprised to find that the menu offers a wide range of breakfast, brunch, lunch and afternoon tea options. Ranging from pancakes and waffles, wraps and sandwiches to cakes and traybakes, you’re left having to try and decide which option to go for: chocolate and strawberry pancakes, Oreo waffles or millionaire shortbread crepe? What about trying to decide between a peanut butter hot chocolate or hazelnut milkshake? As if that wasn’t enough choice for you, you can always make your own brunch by choosing everything from the base, to toppings, ice cream flavour and sauce.
I decided not to ponder too much on the choices and went with pancakes with fresh fruit while the OH was more adventurous and created his own waffle selection.
Create your own waffles with banana, vanilla icecream and maple syrup
Maple Syrup and Fresh Fruit pancakes, served with strawberries, raspberries and banaa with maple syrup
I gave the OH my bananas as I am intolerant to them, but the berries went nicely with the maple syrup and soft, fluffy pancakes. If I haven’t mentioned this before, pancakes are my all time favourite breakfast that stems from my sister’s and my regular Sunday morning visit to McDonald’s for their hotcake breakfast. I’ve never had such soft pancakes that cut like melted butter under the knife!
I also decided to feed my peanut butter craving and went for the dark hot chocolate which came with a block of peanut butter chocolate on a wooden spoon you stir into the cup. Feeding my love of a smooth nut-chocolate mixture combination (my favourites are either peanut butter or hazelnut praline) was heaven.
My lovely peanut butter hot chocolate
The friends we visited Coro with had previously visited, but they also had a hard time deciding which option to try this time. They nailed my thoughts on the head when they mentioned you always come back for another visit just to try all those other options on the menu you didn’t order last time!
Peanut Butter and Banana Crepe, freshly made sweet with peanut butter, melted chocolate, fresh banana and crushed peanuts
Berry Bliss Waffles with fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries topped with maple syrup and raspberry coulis
I can most certainly say I’ve found my hot chocolate niche in Coro Chocolate Cafe. It’s not too far away and is easily accessible by bus, or if you’re feeling up to it is within walking distance from the centre of town. I’m definitely going to be bringing friends and family back so I can try the Oreo waffles next time with one of the various milkshake flavours!
The cafe can be found at 5 Howard Street, EH3 5JP and is open weekdays from 9:00am and closes 5:00pm (7:00pm on Wednesdays), from 10:00am at the weekends and closes 5:00pm on Saturday and 6:00pm on Sundays. Call 0131 629 3050 or drop them an e-mail to make a reservation.
Have you discovered any other chocolate cafe heavens in Edinburgh?