Fried Feasts to Bowls of Porridge: Best Edinburgh Breakfasts and Brunches

Simon Hill

By , Local Expert, Edinburgh
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According to the experts, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A good breakfast sets you up perfectly for a great day of sightseeing or shopping in Scotland’s capital. Hotel breakfasts can be uninspiring, but never fear – Edinburgh boasts a huge number of cafes and restaurants all vying for your attention, with many offering all day breakfasts for those looking for a leisurely start to the day.

If you have a hearty appetite then the full Scottish breakfast is a treat not to be missed.  The carnivorous version of this dish commonly includes a selection of the following: bacon, sausage, haggis, black pudding, eggs,...  Read more »

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    The King's Wark

    The Kings Wark offers a sumptuous Sunday brunch in a wonderfully historic and atmospheric setting.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Kings Wark Sunday brunch is an Edinburgh institution -- it is advisable to book in advance as it is very popular!"

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    For great coffee and delicious fresh waffles and focaccia look no further than Centotre in the heart of Edinburgh.

    Local Expert Tip: "Locally sourced bacon and freshly baked focaccia combine to make one of the best bacon rolls in Edinburgh."

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    Mimi's Bakehouse

    Have your cake, and eat breakfast too at Mimi's Bakehouse where everything is freshly baked and delicious.

    Local Expert Tip: "Mimi's French toast is a sublime breakfast treat which comes highly recommended."

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    The Treehouse

    A great location, friendly welcome and eclectic menu make The Treehouse a great place to start your day.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you need a sweet treat to pick yourself up then try the carrot cake and wash it down with a milkshake."

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    Urban Angel

    Each centrally located Urban Angel deli cafe offers a tempting array of breakfast options to suit every palate.

    Local Expert Tip: "The fresh baked homemade bread on offer is simply delicious and not to be missed."

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    Hellers Kitchen

    For the best breakfast pancakes in Edinburgh check out Heller's Kitchen in Newington.

    Local Expert Tip: "Heller's freshly baked doughnuts are snapped up very quickly so go early to avoid disappointment."

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    Retro chic and delicious breakfast rolls make the south side Spoon cafe a great place to hang out and watch the world go by.

    Local Expert Tip: "Not for the early riser, this cafe doesn't open until 10am."

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    Peter's Yard

    For the ultimate continental breakfast visit Peter's Yard, the home of delicious artisan breads and pastries.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss the "kanelbulle", cinnamon and cardamon spiced buns which are delicious with coffee."

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    Broughton Delicatessen

    Broughton Delicatessen offers delectable deli food with probably the best tattie scones in Edinburgh, and could be the city center's best kept secret.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't forget to leave room for their crepes, which are delicious with either sweet or savory fillings."

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    Leo's Beanery

    Delicious home baked bread and a few more inventive brunch options make Leo's Beanery well worth visiting.

    Local Expert Tip: "Leo's stocks a good variety of "rare" teas and staff are happy to help you with your selection."



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