Since moving to Edinburgh just over six months ago, I’ve discovered a number of lovely brunch spots- some through recommendations and some by simply walking through the city and spotting places as I go. Finding a good brunch place in Edinburgh is by no means a struggle- there is so much choice and variation no matter what your dietary requirements may be.
My favourite places to brunch (at the moment) are in Stockbridge (I’m just the tiniest bit obsessed with the Water of Leith and Dean Village) and in the Old Town, but there are so many more places I would love to try!
Brunching in Stockbridge
I think this restaurant takes the top spot for the best breakfasts. The food here is delicious- they have so many tasty options and have fresh juice and a good selection of tea to choose from! Something to bear in mind (I found this out the hard way) is that they stop serving cooked breakfasts at 11 am so make sure to get there before then if you’d like a full English with all the trimmings! I have also tried the waffles however (which are served after 11 am) which are incredibly tasty and come a close second to a full English breakie. Definitely worth a visit- they have the coolest artwork, friendly staff and of course delicious food!
Even though I think the Pantry do the best food, you do get a very nice cooked breakfast here at Leo’s Beanery. I actually preferred the atmosphere and decor in here compared to the Pantry and the fact that brunch is served until 2 at the weekend which is much more ideal. When I visited with my brother, we had poached eggs with sourdough bread, vine tomatoes and bacon followed by a yoghurt bowl with cinnamon, nuts and mixed fruit- so tasty! (They also do free tea top-ups- so we were onto a winner from the start). Hugely affordable with indoor and outdoor seating- this is a lovely stop to make for a weekend trip!
This little, cheerful Cafe is just a stone’s throw away from The Pantry. I wouldn’t say the food is as good here but the coffee is full of flavour and pipping hot. They do some great breakfast rolls but their granola bowls are also excellent. Not the biggest choice but very affordable and a bit more of a hidden gem within Stockbridge.
Brunching on Leith Walk
We actually stumbled across this lovely brunch spot when the car broke down and we has to visit a garage to get it fixed. Whilst we were waiting, we popped into The Owl and Deer. I can vouch for both the full English breakfast and the American pancakes with syrup and bacon, which were truly scrumptious! There’s a very clean, open and fresh vibe to this restaurant and it is decorated beautifully.
Brunching in the Old Town
Their daybreak menu’s is one of the best AND they serve this menu until 5pm. Hugely affordable and tasty this is a great choice if you live in or around the Old Town of Edinburgh. Their hash-browns are one of the best and they also do very good lunches and dinner. There is also a lovely vibe to this cafe, it has a real mix-match of decoration, chairs and tables which really adds to the charm of this quirky restaurant. A real treat and definitely worth a visit!
I have to confess that I haven’t actually been to this place myself but I have heard very good things about it from friends. Located on Blackfriars Street, this cafe is popular with the locals and is said to offer one of the best cooked breakfasts in Edinburgh. Their homemade granola looks delicious and they support local suppliers- including Eteaket which is a brand of tea!
If you’re not into your full English breakfasts and fancy something very light in the form of smoothies, juices or milkshakes then this is a good pick. Situated at the bottom of Victoria street, is Hula, where you can sit in or take away. This is a popular pick with the locals and particularly uni students so there is quite often a queue if you get there at peak brunch or lunch times. Last time I was there I had the chocolate and banana milkshake which was very good and surprisingly filling. They have a good selection of vegan, dairy and gluten free treats available but I think their smoothies are perhaps the best!