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Best Breakfasts in Edinburgh

28 January 2016

Classed as the most important meal of the day, you can’t beat a good breakfast to set you up.  Here we bring you This is Edinburgh’s favourite spots for breakfast or brunch in the capital. Get stuck in! 

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In no particular order:

Mimi’s Bakehouse

Mimis Bakehouse Cinnamon Rolls

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Situated at the Shore in Leith, Mimi’s Bakehouse offer a belly busting breakfast menu.  Choose from a hearty, traditional Scottish breakfast complete with Stornoway blackpudding, Broughton bangers, Ayrshire bacon and fresh, free-range eggs or French Toast - delicious slices of tasty bread served with a gooey, but gorgeous, mixed berry compote. Or, for a real taste of Scotland, their homemade porridge oats sprinkled with cinnamon and brown sugar or topped with homemade jam, will put hairs on your chest.

Their latest addition to the menu, the Beforenoon Tea, is a morning twist on the Afternoon Tea with a dainty selection of scones, rolls, pancakes and muffins, all served with your choice of breakfast or herbal tea. 

Tel: 0131 555 5908 (website)

The Pantry 

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This popular Stockbridge spot is all about fresh food that comes from the heart and champions local producers and suppliers. Their breakfasts are renowned in the area, featuring a great range of healthy alongside indulgent options. Not only is their food delious, it looks as good as it's tastes and if their Instagram followers are anything to go by their poached eggs are the stars of the show! Other popular choices include their breakfast waffles and smashed avo plates.

Tel: 0131 629 0206 (website)    

Lioness of Leith

Lioness Of Leith Eggs Benedict

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Situated in Leith’s Duke Street, the Lioness of Leith offers breakfast seven days a week.  Be sure to check out their spectacular weekend brunch menu which offers Eggs Irvine Welsh – scrambled duck eggs with smoked chipotle pepper, sour cream and chives.  The Mary Moriarty is a delicious warm brioche bun with fresh, Scottish smoked salmon and poached hen’s egg topped with tomato relish and a shot of Bloody Mary gazpacho on the side.  Delicious.

Tel: 0131 629 0580

Falko Konditormeister

Falko Bread

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Lovingly known by the locals as Falko’s, this gorgeous German Bakehouse in Bruntsfield Place on the south side of Edinburgh welcomes diners with a sensory feast.  The freshly made breads, cakes and rich, roast coffee are hard to resist.  Choose from pretzels, cheese and salami tongues, raisin and hazelnut brioche and a superb selection of German-style breads. 

What’s more, if they are well behaved, you can bring your four legged friends too.  If you are out and about look out for the Falko bakery stall as they are regulars at the Balerno and Edinburgh Farmers markets.

Tel: 0131 656 0763 (website)


Loudons Eggs Benny

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Loudons bakery and café in Fountainbridge is so good that it comes recommended by the Guardian newspaper and the List Food & Drink Magazine.  Their home made oat granola is a delicious combination of fresh oats, fruit, yoghurt and compote.  Why not try their poached eggs with avocado on toast and cherry tomato compote?  Traditional breakfast items include bacon and eggs and scrambled eggs and smoked salmon.  Eggs benedict are another popular choice – English muffin with home made hollandaise sauce and tomatoes served with your selection of roast gammon, sautéed spinach or smoked salmon.  All their delicious breads and cakes are made on-site and also include a fantastic selection of gluten free and dairy free cakes. 

Tel: 0131 228 9774 (website)

Henri of Edinburgh

Henri Beans

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This authentic French delicatessen situated in the heart of Stockbridge is a perfect spot for an early morning breakfast.  With weekly deliveries from Parisian markets and other Frenchy locations, Henri’s boast a superb range of artisan French cheese and produce.  A freshly baked croissant or pain au chocolat served with a strong, fresh coffee is a great way to start the day.  As an alternative a flavoursome filling of Jambon de Bayonne or Brie de Meaux will satisfy a savoury palate. In warmer weather, you can sit outside and people watch in the bustling street.

Tel: 0131 332 8963 (website)

Blue Bear Café

Blue Bear Pastries

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Situated in Canonmills, the Blue Bear Café is open for breakfast all day. Its Big Bear Breakfast offers simple but tasty, satisfying food that will appeal to all palates.  Choose from a selection of hot, savoury rolls; eggs benedict; French toast; omelettes; waffles, bagels and nice and easy toast and jam, washed down with a sweet cup of tea or coffee.  A great breakfast spot for all the family in the North side of Edinburgh. 

Tel: 0131 629 0229 (website)

The Huxley

The Huxley Eggs Benedict

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For sophisticated elegance you can’t beat, the Huxley Restaurant at the Rutland Hotel which opens to serve a selection of  traditional offerings and Scottish favourites from 8am. 

Breakfast favourites include a Full Scottish Breakfast with Crombie’s pork sausage, Hardiesmill beef sausage, Ayrshire bacon and haggis served with blackpudding, mushrooms and grilled tomato.  McAllister’s Loch Fyne Kipper served with butter, lemon and granary toast is truly scrumptious and homemade pancakes with bacon and maple syrup is a popular choice. 

But shhh!  Top Tip – if you sign up to their mailing list you’ll get 30% off your next combined food and drink bill, so you can come back for lunch or dinner too.  Great news. 

Tel: 0131 229 3402 (website)

Hotel du Vin

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This luxury hotel in Bistro Place offers hungry diners a superb breakfast selection.  For a healthy start to your day why not try their delicious spinach and egg white omelette served with carrot and ginger sausage, confit tomatoes and grilled mushrooms.  Their baked eggs is a classic French dish of eggs and cream baked in ramekins and topped with gruyere served with a small army of toast soldiers. 

For those with a hearty appetite, rump steak served with eggs as you like, will stop any hunger pangs.  Their French toast brioche is served with smoked bacon and maple syrup.  Sunday brunch, served from 12 noon, offers a heart-warming soup course is followed by a help yourself lavish French Market Table. 

Tel: 0131 736 4225 (website)

Urban Angel

Urban Angel

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Situated in Hanover Street, Urban Angel is a favourite breakfast spot for Edinburgh residents and visitors.  Their breakfast menu is so popular that it runs from 9am to 5pm.  From a full blown breakfast to a light and healthy breakfast bite their fresh, seasonal produce will provide the perfect kick-start to your day.  

Their light breakfast selection includes fresh yoghurt with mixed berries, toast with homemade preserves or why not try a raw chocolate smoothie: cacao, raw almond milk, banana and vanilla.  Their cooked breakfast options include Abroath smokies with poached egg, spinach and Hollandaise, eggs benedict served with a choice of free range bacon, spinach, smoked salmon or smoked haddock.  French toast with free range bacon and maple syrup is a tasty treat.

Tel: 0131 225 6215 (website)

Word of Mouth

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This popular cafe bistro just off Leith Walk is a firm favourite for those seeking brunch in the North of town. Their full Scottish breakfast (and vegetarian alternative) is hard to beat, but the eggs benedict made with hollandaise sauce made from scratch and a generous helping of bacon is a surefire winner with locals. 

Also be sure to try their brilliant chai latte. Sweet and comforting, it's one of the most popular drinks on the menu. 

Tel: 0131 554 4344

The Roseleaf

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Moving further down into Leith, the Roseleaf bar and cafe's breakfast is also legendary. The "Big Yin" full cooked breakfast is the dish to order here, with all the trimmings you would expect of a great Scottish breakfast, including sausages, black pudding, bacon and haggis. Have one of their delicious fruit juices on the side, or have a warming cup of tea that is served in one of their beautifully quirky teapots. 

Tables in the Roseleaf are snapped up quickly, especially at weekends, so be sure to book ahead if you can. 

Tel: 0131 476 5268

La Barantine

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If you prefer a continental start to the the day, then make sure you check out this charming and authentic French patisserie in Bruntsfield. Treat yourself to some of the best pastries in the city, including fresh bread, pain au chocolat and croissants. Or, try something a little different and sample their fine savoury breakfast platter with a range of delcious meats and cheeses. 

Tel: 0131 229 0267

Have we whet your appetite? Find more great food and drink spots in our Hidden Gems section. 

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