Mary’s Milk Bar

 I was recently in Edinburgh for the Book Festival, (which was amazing by the way – pop it in your diaries for next year immediately) and had a wonderful time mooching about.. exploring the cobbled streets, sampling the whisky, (I really did – it was really good) and taking in the sights..

Mary's Milk Bar

Mary’s Milk Bar

Mary's Milk Bar

Little did I know that I would stumble over this little miraculous 1950’s inspired gem – Mary’s Milk Bar, with its magnificent view of Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle

Mary herself is a trained chocolatier and fully fledged gelato graduate. (She actually is.) She studied at the prestigious Carpigiani Gelato University (ice cream school) in Italy and then set up Mary’s Milk Bar in Edinburgh, inspired by her youth and fond memories of holidays in Scarborough, Whitby and Morecambe – all of which still have original milk bars.

Mary herself.. clever girl

Mary herself.. clever girl

Bovril, anyone?

Bovril, anyone?

Milk Bars were the place to go in Britain between the 20s and 60s. They served wholesome yummy milky products, such as milkshakes and ice creams and some expanded into savoury products too. There were even National Milk Bars supported by the government to nourish the population after the world wars..

Sadly most of the original Milk Bars have now closed, which makes it all the more wonderful that Mary’s Milk Bar has managed to capture the original glamour of the 50’s and the beautiful deco ice cream parlours. Mary’s attention to detail is second to none – from the gleaming formica right down to the light fittings..

Mary also holds a Sundae School at the milk bar, where you can learn about the art of gelato or even how to make your own truffles…

So whether you fancy a malted milkshake, the Sundae Special, a Bovril or just a natter with Mary, Mary’s Milk Bar, the twinkly little 1950’s haven on the cobbled streets of Edinburgh, will be only too happy to oblige.

Marys Milk Bar
19 Grassmarket


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11 thoughts on “Mary’s Milk Bar

  1. Aaah I love the theme of the shop and the way it was set up , it’s yummy yet welcoming . I am definitely going to put this in my diary for future adventures . The shop is in a league of it’s own

  2. Is a little piece of Retro-Heaven isn’t it?

    We were in Edinburgh on her very first day, and came down the steps just to the right of her shop… How fortunate were we. I had Rose Turkish Delight… My husband had Sorbet, Daughter Chocolate… We had another visit 3 weeks later… Fig (Delicious) Raspberry and White chocolate Nommmm and Chocolate (My Daughter is a Chocoholic!) Well worth a visit.

  3. I love the look of this place!!

    Great find Poppy, noted for when I decide to visit Edinburgh for the first time :)

    Belle P

  4. This looks absolutely fantastic, and such a fantastic location, too! I think Sundae School is possibly the best pun I have ever heard.

    We’re hoping to go to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year, so it would be a short hop over to Edinburgh for gelato…

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