Across the street and half a block down from National Museum of Scotland sits a bright red cafe called The Elephant House.
While I was planning what to see in Edinburgh, I came across a note that J.K. Rowling sat down in that place and wrote Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Sounds like a place to see for writers, so it went on the list.
It’s an inviting, casual coffee house. The high ceilings and tall windows in the back room bring in a lot of light. In Los Angeles, writers churn out screenplays at Starbucks. I got the feeling that in Edinburgh, it’s the Elephant House.
I wasn’t there for long because I had to catch a train, but I did manage to purchase a piece of really tasty millionaire shortbread. I’m not sure if the shortbread was in honor of J.K. Rowling’s huge success, or if she ate that shortbread while she was writing Harry Potter. But it sure was good.