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Mary's Milk Bar

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Coffee Shop, Dessert, Ice Cream
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19 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HS, Scotland
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Description: Mary's Milk Bar provides a cosy wee space to enjoy all things gelato and...
Mary's Milk Bar provides a cosy wee space to enjoy all things gelato and chocolate, Everything is made by Mary in her little laboratory in the back of the shop. There's real ice cream milkshakes, traditional floats and sundaes and handmade artisan chocolate gifts. The 1930s interior looks out at the majestic Edinburgh Castle.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Best Ice Cream in Edinburgh

Always serve great ice cream and in a central location on grass market. Staff are lovely and welcoming. Only downside is that it is a small place so not much seating when busy. The best place to get ice cream in Edinburgh.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
Rachel G
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Always serve great ice cream and in a central location on grass market. Staff are lovely and welcoming. Only downside is that it is a small place so not much seating when busy. The best place to get ice cream in Edinburgh.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Amazing ice cream, great shakes and always new flavours to try. Mary is lovely and can always give you the story behind the flavours. Very good value for money too.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

... and when home is Italy, that's meant to be a big compliment. Sweet location in the main square of Grassmarket, but just off the general business of other pubs and coffee shops. The variety of flavours is impressive: salted caramel, basil and white chocolate, dark chocolate, almond and orange. The last one is the one I settled for and... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

It's only a small place serving some lovely and also some more unusual icecreams. We were on the look out for it after visiting the castle as the reviews had been so good and we totally agree that's it's well worth the visit. We wanted to go back to try the hot chocolate orange but didn't get chance to -... More 

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San Jose, CA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

They make a rich delicious chocolate ice cream! A small, quaint, retro style place that gets very busy. Ice creams are tasty and satisfying. I would def recommend!

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Gold Coast, Australia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I enjoyed a dark chocolate milkshake and it was probably the best shake I've ever had! Not too sweet and super thick. It was a little pricey at £4 but worth it I think.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Not quite what I expected given the extensive plaudits here; first impressions where a little underwhelming. However, the hot chocolate and ice cream are very good, if not exceptional, as was the service. Definitely worth treating yourself if in the area.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

...but impressed, all the same. This is a rather small, eclectic independent artisan shop. On display is an appetising display of a myriad of different ice cream flavours, including the trendy black olive. These can be prepared as thick, creamy, indulgent milkshakes. Pricing is a little high but considering that this is fresh produce, of a very high quality, I... More 

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England
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

My boyfriend and I stumbled across Mary's Milk Bar and we both agreed it's the best ice cream we've ever had. They had a good selection of flavours including salted caramel (my favourite!), dark chocolate, tea and biscuits, rum and raisen and banana and cinnamon. We've been back already and noticed a few different flavours, so it was nice to... More 

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Scotland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Delicious dark chocolate gelato served by smiling people on a sunny day in Edinburgh. Easily the best gelato I've ever had. My kids were on cloud 9! Highlight of our day!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 19 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HS, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Dessert, Ice Cream

Description

Mary's Milk Bar provides a cosy wee space to enjoy all things gelato and chocolate, Everything is made by Mary in her little laboratory in the back of the shop. There's real ice cream milkshakes, traditional floats and sundaes and handmade artisan chocolate gifts. The 1930s interior looks out at the majestic Edinburgh Castle.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Old Town

Neighborhood Profile
Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.