Written on: 21/10/2009 by sniper666 (10 reviews written)
So I am strolling along Princes St. with my fiance on a blissful Wintery evening in unarguably one of the most beautiful cities in Britain.
We decide that there would be nothing better to warm us up and enhance our relaxing evening then a beautiful hot drink made lovingly by the hands of one of Starbucks excellent baristas.
The outside appearance of the Edinburgh-Princes St. branch of Starbucks isn't particularly enticing, with it being based on the first floor and having only a small door leading up a set of stairs with minimal advertisement present.
However, the minute you begin ascending these stairs, you are greeted by Starbucks' own divine smell. A mix of; blends of freshly ground coffee, a sweet confectionary smell generated by gorgeous cakes and glistening tray-bakes (and those who insist on overloading their drink with sugar) that cannot be replicated out-with Starbucks and a subtle, though reassuring smell of clean.
Upon entering you will discover that it is actually a very large branch, expanding a length that of a warehouse (or so it seems) and then having further more seating out of view up at the back.
The experience is exactly what I expect from Starbucks:
-The staff (as always) are extremely helpful, skilled and very friendly.
-There is a good proportion of sofa/comfy seats available.
-The tables are cleared very efficiently and quickly, and the toilets are sparkling clean.
-The drinks were made beautifully and I might add, were amazing.
-The music level was just right for audibility without dominating.
-The atmosphere is just right. Relaxing, though functional.
-The customer base is very cosmopolitan; students, tourists, couples, business people.
-The merchandise selection is very good, with most if not all of the starbucks product range, displayed attractively.
-This branch is very lucky in that it has stunning views of the world famous Edinburgh castle!
So we sat, and watched the dramatic red sun silhouette the elegant lit-up castle enjoying our wonderful hot drinks. Granted, some of Starbucks' prices may be rather "up there"...
But you are paying for so much more then just a drink!