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.
5. Th:at Cafe
Th:at Internet Cafe owner Paul Taylor at his internet cafe in Brougham Place.
Photo: Ian MacNicol (Freelance)
6. Salon Cafe
The Salon Cafe on West Maitland Street allowed customers to enjoy a coffe and use the internet while they got their got their cut.
Photo: Sean Bell
7. Purple Haze Cafe
Paul Stewart pictured outside his Purple Haze Cafe in Leith, which doubled up as a takeaway and a cannabis information centre.
Photo: Cate Gillon
Subhi Hashwa, owner of E-Corner internet cafe, Blackfriars Street, pictured in 2006.
Photo: Colin Hattersley