Scottish bakery cafe of the year opens new store in Edinburgh city centre

After a successful six-month pop-up residency at the City Art Centre, Mimi’s Bakehouse has signed a contract for the café to become a permanent store in Edinburgh city centre.

The café, which has since undergone an extensive refurbishment to create a recognisable Mimi’s, will reopen on Wednesday 15th May. Michelle Philips (Mimi) will officially open the store by cutting a ribbon at around 10:30am. There will also be a free cupcake for the first 25 customers and an exclusive revisit discount voucher for the first 100 customers.


Mimi’s Bakehouse is an award-winning family-owned bakery based in Edinburgh. Established in 2010, Mimi’s has stores in Leith, Corstorphine and Canongate and currently holds the Scottish Baker award for Bakery Café of the Year 2018/19. The newly-refurbished café brings the full Mimi’s experience to a central location for the first time. The refurbishment of the café inside the City Art Centre was carried out by popular interior design studio, Splintr. The new café modernises Mimi’s quirky aesthetic while keeping its familiar warm and welcoming atmosphere.


The new café is dog friendly and can cater for up to 75 covers. The café will serve an all day brunch menu and hot lunches, including Mimi’s popular French toast. The new café will also have an outdoor seating area and be fully licensed, serving prosecco, wine and beer alongside a handpicked selection of Eteaket tea and locally roasted coffee. As always, Mimi’s is all about the cake, which is displayed in a custom cake cabinet alongside traybakes, brownies, biscuits and freshly-baked award-winning scones.


Councillor Amy McNeese-Mechan, Edinburgh’s Culture and Communities vice convener, said: “I’m delighted to see that Mimi’s Bakehouse will be a resident in the City Art Centre. Their delicately decorated cakes are works of art in themselves. The City Art Centre is one of the most accessible places in Edinburgh for art lovers, with five packed floors of exhibitions and a popular events programme. I think the bakehouse is the perfect spot for people to relax and refuel when visiting the gallery.”


During refurbishment, Mimi’s Bakehouse worked closely with Edinburgh council and the City Art Centre’s Collections Care team to ensure that an existing William Crosbie mural was preserved behind a protective wall, which is designed to prevent any further damage incurring from a busy café environment. Mimi’s chose to leave a section of the mural uncovered and the City Art Centre have installed a plaque celebrating William Crosbie’s work. This means that the mural can still be appreciated by customers of the café and visitors to the City Art Centre.




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