They were the petrol stations for drivers on the “information superhighway”, filling us up with all our World Wide Web needs in an age when fewer than a quarter of us had internet access at home.
While they can still be found in the Capital, the early 2000s witnessed a surge in the number of internet cafes in the city with the number of people reliant on them at its peak.
From Scotland’s first, Hanover Street’s Cyberia, to the gigantic Easy Everything on Rose Street, we take a look at 8 of Edinburgh’s most fondly-recalled cyber cafes.
Founded by brothers Gavin and Douglas Nicholson, Cyberia was Scotland's first internet cafe when it opened on Hanover Street in April 1995. Photo: User
Ian McCarron's Web13 opened shortly after Cyberia. It was situated on Bread Street off Lothian Road. It closed in 2004. Photo: TSPL
3. Electric Frog
The Electric Frog Internet Cafe brought the wonders of the World Wide Web to Cockburn Street. Photo: TSPL
4. Easy Everything
The daddy of all the internet cafes was undoubtedly Stelios Haji-Ioannou's Easy Everything cafe on Rose Street, which opened in 2000 and had more than 400 seats. Photo: Neil Hanna