Top Spots for Brunch in Edinburgh’s Old Town

02 July 2021

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With long summer days stretching before us, a leisurely brunch is a lovely way to start the day. And within Edinburgh’s historic and iconic Old Town, there’s a mouth-watering selection to choose from.

So, on your next day off, why not treat yourself to a lingering brunch at one of these tasty eateries – it’s sure to keep hunger locked-up till dinner time!

Mimi’s Bakehouse

Small, but perfectly formed, Mimi's Little Bakehouse - Royal Mile serves an all-day brunch menu, a range of award-winning cakes and speciality hot drinks.

Try their avocado toast with salad, chorizo and feta, or one of their gourmet sausage rolls. And if you’ve got room, why not finish with a slice of something sweet from their bakery.

Walks-in only, bookings cannot be made.

250 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8AA

Hotel du Vin & Bistro

Open to both residents and visitors the breakfast choice at Hotel du Vin & Bistro is guaranteed to set you up for the day.

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 yoghurts, or an assortment of freshly baked pastries. For those with a hearty appetite, oak smoked salmon with scrambled eggs or toasted muffin with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce will stop any hunger pangs.

Booking recommended.

11 Bristo Place, Edinburgh EH1 1EZ

The City Café

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Decked out as an authentic American Diner, The City Cafe's menu is bursting with choice. Served with maple syrup and your choice of either fruit, Nutella or cream, their pancakes certainly don't disappoint. Or choose a cooked roll with one, two, or, if you're feeling ambitious, 3 fillings! Thankfully the Royal Mile is just around the corner for a brisk walk afterwards if you've got that "filled to the brim" feeling.

Walk-ins welcome; bookings (excluding the weekends) can also be made on-line.

19 Blair Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR

Scotts Kitchen

Located on Victoria Terrace, overlooking one of the city’s most photographed streets, enjoy a tasty meal in Scotts Kitchen as you watch the busy comings and goings of the Old Town. Tuck into free range poached eggs or fresh baps with a range of fillings. Or go all-out and have the Big Breakfast with bacon, lorne sausage, free range poached egg, black pudding, haggis, portobello mushroom, beans, roasted tomatoes and toasted sourdough.

Booking not essential but recommended.

4–6 Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2JL

Edinburgh Larder

Enjoy delicious, seasonal and local food at The Edinburgh Larder. Served all day, their breakfast/brunch menu includes the Full Breakfast (with both veggie and vegan options) and filled breakfast rolls. Other popular dishes include eggs benedict or smoked cod, chorizo & potato hash with a poached egg, and sweet and comforting porridge topped with blueberries & white chocolate muesli.

They also offer smaller portions of these in their kids’ menu, so the wee ones needn’t miss out.

Booking recommended.

15 Blackfriars Street, EH1 1NB

Deacon's House Café

A few minutes’ walk from the castle you’ll find Deacon's House Café, with a mixture of indoor and outdoor seating.

Try a filled artisan bagels, avocado toast with homemade hummus and roasted cherry tomatoes, or organic porridge served with red fruits or banana and chocolate chips for a kick-start to the day. If you fancy something sweet, be sure to have a look at their home baking display, which is always packed with a range of scrumptious-looking bakes.

Walk-ins welcome.

304 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2PS

Hula Juice Bar & Eatery

With an aim to serve both tasty and nourishing food and drink, Hula Juice Bar & Eatery was established in 2007 as Edinburgh’s first juice bar.

Open for both sit-in and take-away, why not start your day with one of their fruit smoothies and organic oats with either honey and cinnamon, blueberries and honey, or Nutella, banana, and hazelnuts. Or if you’re craving something heavier, their open sandwiches, smoothie bowls or tempting sourdough sandwiches will keep hunger at bay.

Booking recommended for sitting-in.

103-105 West Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2JP

Southern Cross Cafe.

Serving a range of delicious coffee, and cakes, as well as an ever-changing specials board, Southern Cross Café is a lovely wee café to sit and watch the world go by. Pull up your chair, get comfy and dig into some delicious treats.

63A Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BU

MUMS Great Comfort Food

Yes, the name say’s it all. When you want food that feels like a warm hug, this is the place to go to!

Served until 12.00, MUMS Great Comfort Food breakfast menu includes the full traditional cooked breakfast (and veggie option), smoked salmon & scrambled eggs, eggs benedict, and - for those with a sweet tooth -  the Pancake Stack, which comprises 4 freshly made pancakes, with streaky bacon or bananas & cream, drenched in maple syrup – what a way to start the day!

Unable to accept reservations.

4a Forrest Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2QN

Wanderlust Café & Bistro

You’ll find an extensive selection of brunch delights on Wanderlust Café & Bistro's all day breakfast menu, including waffles with bacon, chive & a fried egg; crepes and pancakes served with syrup and a choice of toppings; breakfast rolls; porridge and granola.

They also have a dedicated vegan menu, featuring options such as waffles with avocado, vegan mozzarella and chives – delicious.

In addition, not only do they offer a kids menu, but they also have crayons and colouring sheets for your wee ones to keep them busy while you enjoy your meal!

274 Cannongate, Edinburgh, EH8 8AA


Now that you're hunger is satisfied, why not discover more about Edinburgh's historic Royal Mile and see that it's so much more than just a castle! >