Bruntsfield and Morningside are a vibrant neighbourhood, that have a lot to offer when it comes to food and drink. From classic Scottish dishes to international cuisine, there is something for everyone.
Honeycomb & Co. is a cosy café that serves up a variety of delicious breakfast and brunch options. Their menu includes classic dishes like eggs benedict, as well as more unique offerings like shakshuka and Japanese-inspired breakfast bowls. They also have a great selection of baked goods, including croissants, scones, and muffins.
If you are looking for a vegan or vegetarian breakfast look no further than Seeds for the Soul. This café is committed to using locally sourced, organic ingredients. Their menu is full of healthy and delicious options, including smoothie bowls, avocado toast, and homemade granola. They also have a great selection of hot drinks, including turmeric lattes and matcha teas.
Sweet Paradise Desserts is the perfect spot for those with a sweet tooth. Their menu is filled with mouth-watering treats, including waffles, crepes, and pancakes. They also have a great selection of milkshakes and hot drinks, including specialty coffees and hot chocolates.
Another spot is Salt Café, this bright and airy café serves up a variety of delicious breakfast options. Their menu includes classic dishes like full Scottish breakfast, as well as healthier options like porridge and granola. They also have a great selection of teas and freshly brewed coffee.
Bross Bagel is a popular spot for bagel lovers. They offer a variety of bagel sandwiches, including classics like smoked salmon and cream cheese, as well as more unique options like the "Elvis" - a peanut butter, bacon, and banana sandwich. They also have a great selection of sweet treats, including New York-style cheesecake and brownies.
Hummus is a Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant that serves up a variety of delicious dishes. Their menu includes falafel wraps, shawarma plates, and a variety of hummus options. They also have a great selection of sides, including tabbouleh and baba ganoush.
For a sweet treat look no further than S Luca. S Luca is a beloved ice cream shop that also serves up a variety of tasty lunch options. Their menu includes classic sandwiches like ham and cheese, as well as more unique options like haggis and cheese. They also have a great selection of sweet treats, including ice cream sundaes and waffles.
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Three Birds is a modern European restaurant that serves up a variety of delicious dishes. Their menu includes classics like steak and frites, as well as more unique options like pork belly with black pudding. They also have a great selection of cocktails and wines to complement your meal.
Located in Bruntsfield, Montpeliers offers a chic and sophisticated atmosphere perfect for an intimate dinner or a catch-up with friends. Their menu features a diverse range of dishes, from classic Scottish cuisine to international flavours. Some of their most popular dishes include the pan-seared scallops, pork belly, and sea bass. Don't forget to save room for dessert, as their sticky toffee pudding is an absolute must-try.
Another fantastic restaurant to check out in the area is Saffron, a family-run Indian restaurant in Morningside. This restaurant has been serving up delicious Indian cuisine for over 30 years, and it's easy to see why it has become a local favourite. The menu is extensive, with a wide range of curries, tandoori dishes, and vegetarian options available. Some standout dishes include the lamb rogan josh, chicken tikka masala, and the paneer tikka. The friendly and welcoming atmosphere makes Saffron the perfect place for a family meal or a night out with friends.
If you're in the mood for some Nepalese cuisine, Gurkha Cafe is the place to go. Located in Bruntsfield, this restaurant offers a unique blend of Indian and Nepalese dishes, with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and bold flavours. Some of the standout dishes on the menu include the momos (dumplings), chicken tikka masala, and the lamb madras. The friendly staff and cosy atmosphere make Gurkha Cafe the perfect spot for a casual meal with friends or a romantic dinner for two. Don't forget to try their famous Gurkha beer, brewed specially for the restaurant.
Lastly, there is Mia Italian, located on Morningside Road, which is known for its authentic Italian cuisine and cosy atmosphere. Mia Italian is a small, family-owned restaurant that has become a local favourite for its homemade pasta dishes, fresh seafood, and hearty meat dishes. Their menu is carefully crafted to offer something for everyone, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. They also have an extensive wine list that complements their dishes perfectly.
For a range of wholesome vegan and vegetarian food made with fresh, organic, local and sustainable produce, you can’t go wrong with Hendersons, which opened in Bruntsfield in September 2021.
Pubs and bars
After a long day of exploring, it's time to relax and unwind with a drink in hand. Burntsfield and Morningside offer a range of pubs and bars to suit all tastes.
If you're looking for a traditional Scottish pub, head to the Canny Man's. The cosy atmosphere and extensive drinks menu make it the perfect spot for a relaxed evening.
The Ballroom Sports Bar is the place to be for sports fans, with multiple screens showing all the latest games. While, The Hermitage Bar is a great option for those looking for a more contemporary vibe, with a stylish decor and a selection of craft beers and cocktails.
If you're in the mood for something a bit more lively, head to The Merlin, a vibrant pub with regular live music events and a great selection of beers and spirits. Finally, In Bruntsfield, the recently opened McLarens on the Corner also has a beer garden and food trucks as well as a sumptuous, leafy interior.
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