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Scotland’s first illy Caffè opens at Edinburgh food hall Bonnie & Wild

Posted: 8th July 2024

Scotland’s first illy Caffè has today opened at the Edinburgh Food Hall Bonnie & Wild, securing the coveted retail spot in the St James Quarter and joining a world-class roster of award-winning chefs and kitchens.

The move is just the latest innovation at the Bonnie & Wild food hall, which offers an ever-changing range of menus, kitchens and retailers alongside regular pop-ups and other events.

Bonnie & Wild is also hosting a 10-week pop-up with Chulo’s Stuffed Cookies, which has fast become a family favourite since returning to the Edinburgh food hall for the summer holidays.

Mel Hunter, manager of the new illy Caffè at Bonnie & Wild, said: “illy produce some of the world’s best coffee and I’m delighted to be working with them in delivering this new coffee concept, while also working with bakeries in and around Edinburgh to provide a captivating counter of artisanal pastries and cakes.”

Ms Hunter confirmed the illy Caffè would be staying open for longer, with the café open from 9am through to 9pm.

As well as coffees and hot chocolates, Ms Hunter said the illy Caffè would have a curated selection of speciality teas from Edinburgh’s Pekoe Teas, while several well respected bakeries and patisseries in and around Edinburgh would be supplying pastries and cakes, including the acclaimed Le Petit Francais.

Bonnie & Wild’s Managing Director Ryan Barrie said: “illy are rightly renowned for their premium coffee, which will perfectly complement the locally sourced pastries and cakes that will also be on offer in the new café at Bonnie & Wild.

“Bonnie & Wild’s Scottish Marketplace has one of the best food and drink offers in the country, with an unrivalled selection of Scottish craft beers, whiskies, rums and gins, alongside a fantastic choice of menus and kitchens operated by some of the country’s best chefs in the country, and of course now complemented by our world-class illy Caffè. We think there’s something for everyone here, and we’re always ensuring the offer stays attractive and exciting. This latest change is just part of Bonnie & Wild’s continuous evolution and ongoing innovation to bring excitement and first-class hospitality to our guests.”

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