10 Scrumptious Breakfast & Brunch Spots in Edinburgh
The first meal of the day can set the tone for the rest of the day, so you want to make sure it’s something you enjoy and that will fill you up until your next meal. As we all know what a horrendous thing it is to desperately be looking for a nice place to eat when your belly is rumbling, you really want to be clued in on the good breakfast and brunch spots in town. Here are 11 of our recommendations – with something for everyone in several different areas of Edinburgh!
1. Loudons Cafe & Bakery
Modern and tranquil place with an artisan bakery and all day weekend brunch and a great selection of gluten free and dairy free cakes.
Try: the superfood pancakes – homemade gluten free pancakes made with smoked salmon, avocado, spinach, spring onion, quinoa and linseed topped with creme fraiche and herb salad. Such a great way to start the day!
Where: 94 B Fountainbridge, EH3 9QA
Relaxed yet stylish Scottish pub with a weekend brunch menu to die for and a nice back garden to go with it. Breakfast during the week is great too!
Try: The Big One – Virginia cured bacon, pork and herb sausage, haggis, black pudding, mushrooms, tomato, egg, beans, hash brown, potato scone and toast. This, if nothing, will cure that hangover. Oh, and they make a killer Bloody Mary too!
Where: 37-39 Leven Street, EH3 9LH
3. The Treehouse Cafe
An inviting small local cafe in Bruntsfield with some of the best pancakes in town! Just across the street from Blackbird.
Try: the legendary pancakes with bacon and maple syrup that are the fluffiest in town. Yum!
Where: 44 Leven Street, EH3 9LJ
4. Hellers Kitchen
Family-run cafe and restaurant in the heart of Edinburgh’s Southside popular among locals for its brunch that is served every day.
Try: the Hellers vegetarian breakfast – free range eggs, spinach, potato rosti, beans, toast, grilled mushroom, tomato & vegetarian haggis. You won’t go hungry after this veggie feast!
Where: 15 Salisbury Place, EH9 1SL
5. Peter’s Yard
Stylish artisan Swedish Bakery with cafes in Stockbridge and next to the Meadows Park in Edinburgh’s southside.
Try: a freshly baked traditional Scandinavian cinnamon bun with a delicious coffee to go with it! There is also a breakfast menu, open face sandwiches and other pastries to choose from.
Where: 27 Simpson Loan, EH3 9GG OR 3 Deanhaugh Street, EH4 1LU
6. Hula Juice Bar
Quirky juice and smoothie bar right next to the colourful Victoria Street in the Old Town with countless healthy options to choose from. Breakfast is served until 12pm.
Try: the Acai bowl – a base of thick Acai smoothie made with Acai berries from the Amazon, banana, blueberries and coconut milk topped with 7 healthy toppings including coconut shavings, cocoa nibs, bee pollen, banana slices, blueberries and chia seeds. A nutrition bomb in other words! (And very Instagram friendly!)
Where: 103-105 West Bow, EH1 2JP
Small but friendly cafe in a very central location serving simple and tasty breakfast/brunch and strong coffee to go with it.
Try: You can’t go wrong with the waffles with bacon, maple syrup and fresh strawberries! Smoothies are great too.
Where: 101 Hanover Street, EH2 1DJ
8. The Pantry
Hip yet cosy Stockbridge breakfast and brunch hotspot that serves fresh, seasonal food. Great play area for kids as well!
Try: the eggs benedict – chunky toast, poached eggs and homemade hollandaise with your choice of hot smoked salmon, honey roasted ham or pimped florentine. According to Instagram some of the best in town!
Where: 1 North West Circus Place, EH3 6ST
9. Broughton Delicatessen
Charming cafe and deli just off popular Broughton Street serving simple, local and organic dishes to eat in or take away. Brunch available every day.
Try: the avocado eggs – mashed avocado, chilli, coriander, spring onion, germagrain toast and poached eggs. The salads are fresh and delicious too. Finish off with a homemade cake!
Where: 7 Barony Street, EH3 6PD
10. Mimi’s Bakehouse
Award-winning bakery/cafe with bakeries in Leith, the Old Town and Costorphine serving mouthwatering cakes, belly bursting breakfasts and amazing afternoon teas. (The bakery on the Shore in Leith is the place to go to for brunch.)
Try: the “Beforenoon tea” with mini bacon rolls, waffles and homemade granola (weekends only until 12pm). After 12pm you can always move on to the Afternoon tea…
Where: 63 Shore, EH6 6RA OR 250 Canongate, EH8 8AA