Hearty Scottish Breakfasts to Set You Up for the Day in Edinburgh

One of the great things about Edinburgh is that the city center is compact so most of the sights are within walking distance. If you’re planning a day out and about round the town then you should make sure to start it in style with a delectable meal. Breakfast in Edinburgh can take many forms but the meat eaters amongst you should definitely try a traditional Scottish fry up.

The “Full Scottish Breakfast” generally consists of a mixture, or all, of the following: sausages, bacon, eggs, haggis, mushrooms, tomatoes, tattie scones (potato scones), hash browns, black pudding, toast and lashings of coffee or tea to wash it all down. A good many bars and restaurants offer this hearty meal, but it is hard to beat the belly busting “Bigger Breakfast” of the Kings Wark. As a Sunday morning treat after a Saturday night partying there is simply no better way to restore your sense of well-being.

Edinburgh breakfasts come in all shapes and sizes. If you are looking for a lighter, and healthier option but still want to try traditional Scottish cuisine, why not head to Loudons and try their delicious oatmeal porridge with banana and syrup or fruit compote.

Whatever your tastes, you are bound to find the perfect place to start your day with our list of the ten best breakfast restaurants.



With its bohemian ambience and unselfconsciously arty decor, Spoon boasts high quality cuisine at a reasonable price. The quirky mismatched furniture is interspersed with pot plants, Victorian style screens and bookcases, and the vintage...  Read More

Mimi's Bakehouse
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Mimi's motto is "it's all about the cake", but this delightfully retro cafe also boasts one of the most luxuriant breakfast menus in the capital. The "Belly busting" breakfast menu incorporates local treats such as delicious Crombie's sausages,...  Read More



Located on the West Bow at the foot of Victoria Street just off The Grassmarket you'll find Hula Juicebar. This is a terrific option for anyone seeking a healthy breakfast in Edinburgh. You'll find great big bowls of porridge, bagels, fresh...  Read More



The Blue Bear café is a relaxed and comfortable eatery situated in Cannonmills, close to Stockbridge and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Cozy yet stylish, the café is decorated with the works of local artists and maintains an arty, yet...  Read More



Tucked away behind an unassuming deli front, lies this unpretentious and relaxed cafe, with an eclectic brunch menu and wonderful home cooked food. The wide array of brunch options available here means that it caters to almost every palate. ...  Read More



Falko is a perfectionist Konditormeister (Master Pastry Chef) from Stuttgart whose traditional German style baking has taken Edinburgh by storm. He first made his delectable breads, pretzels and pastries available at the Farmer's Market in the...  Read More



The aim at Urban Angel is to provide the people of Edinburgh with seasonal, organic, local produce. They offer a range of sit-in or take away options and they have a tasty brunch menu. You can opt for healthy, with porridge or muesli, or you can...  Read More

Loudons Cafe & Bar
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A mixture of fresh onsite baking and locally sourced produce makes Loudons Cafe a great place to stop for breakfast. Comfy couches and a bright airy interior combine with outdoor seating for those rare sunny Edinburgh days. The menu caters for...  Read More



Cafe Marlayne is a lovely French restaurant in the New Town. There is a large semi-formal dining area to the rear of the premises, and a delightfully relaxed cafe nearer the front with comfy sofas and a plethora of cushions. The restaurant...  Read More



The top destination for a traditional Scottish breakfast on a Sunday morning in Edinburgh is undoubtedly The King's Wark. This popular Leith pub has long laid claim to the best breakfast title. It is cosy and welcoming with a great choice of...  Read More


Meet Simon Hill

Simon has lived in various corners of Edinburgh over the last 18 years. He fell in love with the city as a small child after visiting the castle and returned to study Scottish History.

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