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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.


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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 wallpaper and ornate teacups add to its retro charm. The mixed grill is generous and hearty and the vegetarian option is rather better than the norm, but it is the breakfast rolls which steal the show. The menu is not particularly large, but the quality of the ingredients and the wonderful atmosphere more than make up for this. Croissants, toast, and fruit are all on offer as well.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Spoon serves many great breakfast treats, but their breakfast rolls are too good to miss.

Simon's expert tip: Not for the early riser, this cafe doesn't open until 10am.

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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, award-winning Stornoway black pudding and Ramsay of Carluke's bacon, as well as truly delectable homemade bread and deliciously warming porridge with nuts and honey. The pink and black burlesque wall paper complements the decadence of the menu and even after a generously proportioned breakfast you will find it hard to resist their cakes and pastries. This is definitely not the place to go if you are counting calories!

Recommended for Breakfast because: Mimi's Bakehouse serves some of the capital's most deliciously naughty breakfast treats.

Simon's expert tip: Mimi's French toast is a sublime breakfast treat which comes highly recommended.

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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 fruit and loads of tempting beverages. You can have your porridge made just the way you like it, just ask the friendly staff. You can also get a great cup of coffee, hot or cold juice, smoothies, various fresh seasonal teas and hot chocolate. They also cater for vegetarians and you can get gluten-free options. You'll find free Wi-Fi at Hula too.

Recommended for Breakfast because: For a fresh start to the day you can't beat a delicious smoothie with bagels or porridge at Hula Juice Bar.

Simon's expert tip: This cafe is well-placed as a starting point for an early exploration of the Old Town in Edinburgh.

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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 unpretentious feel. The menu is not crowded and the food is prepared with simplicity and style. There is a real commitment to recycling, composting and low mileage food, but no sense that the goal of providing tempting delicious meals has been forgotten. They focus on breakfast/brunch style dishes, but they also serve wonderful scones and cakes and are licensed to serve some rather tempting beers and wines too!

Recommended for Breakfast because: With a great breakfast/brunch menu and a wonderfully relaxed ambience the Blue Bear is hard to beat.

Simon's expert tip: The Big Bear is a belly busting collection of Scottish breakfast favorites which is hard to resist.

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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. Deli platters with a choice of delectable homemade breads, olives and dips nestle beside flat bread pizzas, an impressive variety of salads, crepes and wonderfully decadent pancakes. The full breakfast is generous and delicious and includes their special recipe baked beans (which are rather better than the standard variety) and homemade tattie scones (potato scones to the uninitiated) which have rightly gained them quite a following.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Broughton Delicatessen serves a wide variety of delicious and light breakfasts as well as a few naughty treats to put a spring in your step.

Simon's expert tip: Don't forget to leave room for their crepes, which are delicious with either sweet or savory fillings.

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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 center of town before taking the plunge and opening a Konditorei in Brunstfield and another in Gullane. Falko employs highly labor intensive methods and is a perfectionist with his ingredients. The result is the most incredible selection of mouthwatering cakes, pastries and breads. Combine this with wonderful artisan's coffees and a delightful selection of salads and open sandwiches and you will begin to understand why Falko's bakery has quickly become an Edinburgh institution.

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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 get a decent fry up. They even offer Arbroath smokies â€" a real treat for fish lovers. The menu is well-balanced with veggie options so a nice cooked breakfast isn't only an option for carnivores. Urban Angel is also committed to recycling their waste, which is always nice to know. The prices are a little bit steeper than your average café as a result of their ethos. There is a second branch on Forth Street towards the top of Leith.

Recommended for Breakfast because: With a wonderful range of breakfast options Urban Angel is a great place to start your day.

Simon's expert tip: The brunch menu here runs from 9AM to 5PM and you'll find a relaxed atmosphere.

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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 health conscious diners and hung over patrons seeking a fried treat. Wash down your meal with a great choice of delicious and ethically sourced coffees or refreshing teas. Loudons is tucked out of the way at Fountainbridge so you have a reasonable chance of claiming a comfy couch if you get there early. They also offer handmade chocolates, ice cream and a full take away menu.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Loudons offers a truly eclectic mix of delicious homemade breakfast treats for the health conscious and the gourmand alike.

Simon's expert tip: Loudons offers free Wi-Fi and enough space for some privacy so it's perfect for a quiet coffee or a meeting.

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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 serves a wide array of classic French bistro dishes, such as the wonderful crock monsieur and an array of tempting soups, terrines and roasts. Dinners, lunches and breakfasts can be light and healthy or luxurious and hedonistic. You can also enjoy delicious freshly roasted coffee and a wide range of teas and fruit juices, or sample one of the treats in their rather good wine menu.

Recommended for Breakfast because: Their full Scottish breakfast is simply divine, and ably supported by a range of more continental delights.

Simon's expert tip: Check out the Menu du Jour for a real treat for the fences, and leave room for dessert!

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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 ales and you can enjoy a leisurely brunch from 11AM to 3PM. Located at The Shore, this is a bus trip from the city center but visitors should definitely be checking out Leith for a range of great restaurants. It can get very busy so if you want to make sure your appetite is sated then book in advance.

Recommended for Breakfast because: The King's Wark serves arguably the best Sunday breakfast in Edinburgh.

Simon's expert tip: Make sure you tackle the appropriately named "The King's Wark Bigger Breakfast" it will easily see you through to the evening.

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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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