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 Forever 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

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63 Shore, Edinburgh EH6 6RA

Situated at the Shore in Leith, Mimi’s Bakehouse offer a belly busting breakfast menu.  Choose from a hearty, traditional Scottish breakfast complete with Ramsay's black pudding, Crombie's bangers, Ayrshire bacon and fresh, free-range eggs or French Toast - delicious slices of tasty bread with the option of sweet or savoury toppings. Or, for a real taste of Scotland, the homemade porridge oats sprinkled with cinnamon and brown sugar or topped with gorgeous mixed summer berries 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. 

Telephone: 0131 555 5908 (website)

The Pantry 

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1 N W Circus Place, Edinburgh EH3 6ST

This popular Stockbridge spot is all about fresh food that comes from the heart, featuring a great range of healthy alongside indulgent options. Not only is their food delicious, it looks as good as it tastes and if their Instagram followers are anything to go by their poached eggs are the stars of the show! Other popular choices include the breakfast waffles and smashed avocado plates.

Telephone: 0131 629 0206 (website)    

Falko Konditormeister

Falko Bread

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185 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh EH10 4DG

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.

Telephone: 0131 656 0763 (website)


Loudons Eggs Benny

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94B Fountainbridge, Edinburgh EH3 9QA

Loudons bakery and café in Fountainbridge is so good that it comes recommended by the Guardian newspaper and The List Food and Drink Magazine.  Their homemade oat granola is a delicious combination of fresh oats, fruit, yoghurt and compote.  Why not try their poached eggs with avocado on homemade raisin soda bread?  Traditional breakfast items include bacon and eggs and scrambled eggs and smoked salmon.  Eggs benedict are another popular choice – English muffins with home made hollandaise sauce and tomatoes served with your selection of pulled pork, 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. 

Telephone: 0131 228 9774 (website)

Henri of Edinburgh

Henri Beans

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48 Raeburn Place, Edinburgh EH4 1HL

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.

Telephone: 0131 332 8963 (website)

Blue Bear Café

Blue Bear Pastries

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9 Brandon Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 5EA

Situated in Canonmills, the Blue Bear Café is open for breakfast all day. Its Build Your Own Bear Breakfast offers customers the chance to add a variety of toppings to their eggs to 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 warm cup of tea or coffee.  A great breakfast spot for all the family in the North side of Edinburgh. 

Telephone: 0131 629 0229 (website)

The Huxley

The Huxley Eggs Benedict

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1-3 Rutland Street, Edinburgh EH1 2AE

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 choices include a Full Scottish Breakfast with pork and herb sausage, Hardiesmill beef sausage, Ayrshire bacon and haggis served with a free range egg, potato scone, black pudding, mushrooms, and grilled tomato. McAllister’s Loch Fyne Kipper served with butter, lemon, a free range poached egg, and granary toast is truly scrumptious and homemade pancakes with the savoury option of bacon or the sweet option of maple syrup and blueberry compote are also popular choices.

But shhh! Top Tip – if you sign up to their mailing list you’ll get 20% off your next food bill, so you can come back for lunch or dinner too. Great news. 

Telephone: 0131 229 3402 (website)

Hotel du Vin & Bistro

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11 Bristo Place, Edinburgh EH1 1EZ

This luxury hotel in Bistro Place offers hungry diners a superb breakfast selection.  For a healthy start to your day why not try one of their delicious healthy options at the Country Table- choose from a mixed granola bar, a selection of Beillevaire yoghurts, or an assortment of breakfast pots. For those with a hearty appetite, Salcombe cock crab or Severn and Wye smoked salmon with scrambled eggs will stop any hunger pangs. If you're craving something sweet, they also offer scrumptious crêpes with Nutella and banana. Their French toast brioche is served with British cured bacon and maple syrup.

Telephone: 0131 285 1479 (website)

Urban Angel

Urban Angel

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121 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DJ

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 all-day 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 rye granola, organic jumbo oat porridge, and smoothie bowls such as an acai bowl or peanut butter and maca bowl. Fresh energising smoothie drinks are also available, including green, rarw chocolate, and super mango flavours. Their cooked breakfast options feature baked eggs and eggs benedict with a choice of bacon, smoked salmon, or spinach. To finish off a yummy breakfast, why not try a loose-leaf tea!

Telephone: 0131 225 6215 (website)

Word of Mouth

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3A Albert Street, Edinburgh EH7 5HL

This highly-frequented café 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 homemade hollandaise sauce and a generous helping of bacon is a sure-fire 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. 

Telephone: 0131 554 4344

The Roseleaf

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23-24 Sandport Place, Edinburgh, EH6 6EW

Moving further down into Leith, the family-run Roseleaf Bar and Café’s breakfast is 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 a warm 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.

Telephone: 0131 476 5268 (website)

La Barantine

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202 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4DF

If you prefer a continental start to 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 sample their fine savoury breakfast platter with a range of delicious meats and cheeses. 

Telephone: 0131 229 0267 (website)

Milk Café 

Milk Cafe 

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232 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8EA

This local favourite in the Haymarket area has featured in The List Magazine Eating and Drinking Guide’s top 10 must-visit cafés. Serving breakfast all-day at the weekends, a delicious breakfast sandwich is on offer comprised of bacon, comté cheese, green leaves, and slow roasted tomatoes on toasted germagrain bread. The mushroom and rosemary burrito or the chorizo burrito are excellent choices if you’re looking for something a little bit different to start your day. Delightful cakes and scones are also available to satisfy your sweet tooth! 

Telephone: 0131 629 6022 (website)

Hula Juice Café 

Hula Juice Cafe

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103-105 West Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2JP

This tasteful café focuses on providing healthy food and drink options, with breakfast being served from 8am to 12pm every day. Organic hula boosters can be added to your drink, such as an omega three booster containing chai seeds or an energy booster with ginseng and guarana. Scottish oats are available topped with either honey and cinnamon, blueberries and honey, or Nutella, banana, and toasted hazelnuts. If you are craving something heavier, the smoked salmon open sandwich will keep your hunger at bay or perhaps try one of the tempting sourdough sandwiches. 

Telephone: 0131 220 1121 (website)


Smokestack Breakfast

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53-55 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3RJ

Smokestack offers a range of cooked breakfasts in a relaxed environment. Sausage or bacon butties are on the menu, as well as a sausage, cheese, and egg bap- a true guilty pleasure. Fresh made to order waffles are available, including huevos rancheros waffles that are topped with tomato salsa, black beans, Monterey jack cheese, and a fried free-range egg. Yum! To try out some of the renowned beef at the Smokestack, the steak and eggs, comprised of a 6oz rump steak, is sure to start your day off right.

Telephone: 0131 556 6032 (website)


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187 Great Junction Street, Edinburgh, EH6 5LQ

Aurora, which opened in 2017, is already making its mark in Leith, having been nominated for the Scotsman Food and Drink Awards. This place is all about the aesthetics and each dish is presented exquisitely, from the classic Aurora breakfast to the baked chorizo eggs topped with coriander. For a sugary breakfast, try the tasty French toast with homemade jam or the luscious warm croissants with mascarpone and hazelnut cream. Brunch is served until 4pm, and booking is recommended due to popularity.

Telephone: 0131 554 5537 (website)

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

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