Great coffee, fantastic location — tranquil spot in the middle of the city
We went to Williams and Johnson to see whether the coffee is good, but also because we were attracted by the minimalist design of the interior. What's really unusual about this fantastic little spot is that it's located in the middle of the most chaotic, crazy area of Edinburgh — by the Waverley station and the infamous and less-than-inspiring Waverley Mall. I am pleased to say that the coffee was absolutely excellent, and served gluten-free brownies second to none. Not requiring disabled access myself, I am nevertheless still on a lookout for features that might be needed by others. To my eye, the cafe looks very accessible; there's plenty of space, a large door that could easily accommodate a powerchair and a ramp to get there from the Princes street level.
Transport & Parking
There is no parking in closest proximity, but the buses stop just outside the cafe.
There is a wheelchair ramp leading straight to the cafe door from the level of Princes Street. Inside there is an elevator that could take the visitor to the Waverley Mall itself; unfortunately, it's broken at the moment. I did not notice an induction loop sign anywhere, unfortunately. The counter is also quite high, but the staff are very nice and I am sure they would not mind helping out when taking the order. There are a few large tables with enough space for manoeuvres.
There are no accessible toilets in the shop — and, in fact, no toilets at all. One would have to go to the Waverley Station or the Mall itself.
Both the lady who served us and the barista (super-long beard :) were excellent and very friendly.
Anything else you wish to tell us?
A great little place in a location that I often walk by without turning my head onto. Very minimalist and pleasant interior. Good, sparse and tasteful decoration.