Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I love it! We often have a dilemma of where to try next for brunch in Edinburgh at the weekend to feed my habit! Here are a few of my favourite places so far in a handy wee list for you to tick off. Any suggestions for the list welcome!
According to many they serve the BEST breakfast in Edinburgh! They have a whole page of their menu dedicated to eggs – need I say more? Situated in Canonmills, the Blue Bear Café is open for breakfast all day yep, that’s right 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.
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 with a two course brunch menu. I had bircher muesli for my starter followed by poached eggs with salmon, dill hollandaise and home baked 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.
Earthy Causewayside or Cannonmills
They’ve been voted ‘Best Scottish Ethical Restaurant’ at the Guardian Food awards so you can feel good while eating your eggs safe in the knowledge they will be fresh, local and lovely! At Causewayside the café-bistro (also voted one of Edinburgh’s best cafes for five years running by the List magazine) now takes up the whole of the ground floor, serving breakfast, lunch and everything in between seven days a week, as well as dinner on Fridays and Saturdays in the spring and summer. The Earthy Back Yard, also at Causewayside, takes eating outdoors among the plants. You can choose from Turkish breakfast with baked eggs, sumac and flatbread, smashed avocado with feta and lime or a good old free range Bacon Roll.
Situated at the Shore in Leith, Mimi’s Bakehouse offer a belly busting breakfast menu. Choose from a hearty, traditional full Scottish breakfast or French Toast – delicious slices of tasty bread served with a gooey, but gorgeous, mixed berry compote. Scottish oats, nuts and honey served with creamy Greek yoghurt and runny honey are the ingredients which make up a delicious granola. For a real taste of Scotland their homemade porridge oats sprinkled with cinnamon and brown sugar or topped with homemade jam, will fill even the hungriest of brunchers. Delicious, as are the cakes so don’t just stop with the first course!
Lioness of Leith
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. They also do a fantastic daily menu and one of the best Sunday Roasts I have ever had!
Loudons bakery and café in Fountainbridge is so good that it comes recommended by the Guardian newspaper. Their home made oat granola is a delicious combination of fresh oats, fruit, yoghurt and 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.
Stuated in Marchmont, Toast is a small, bustling and friendly café and licensed restaurant is open throughout the day. During the week, they offer breakfast from 10-12 and provide a hearty breakfast at weekends available from 10-3pm. They have an extensive breakfast selection from a full blown, traditional, Scottish breakfast to croque monsieur and eggs benedict. Croissants with a hearty filling are very popular. Served with a side salad your filling choice includes scrambled eggs, bacon or smoked salmon or mushroom, brie and rocket as a vegetarian alternative. For those with a sweet tooth, you might like to try home-made pancakes with bananas, caramel & creme fraiche. Nom, nom, nom.
Situated in Hanover Street, Urban Angel is a favorite 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.
Where is missing? Let me know your favorite places for my next Sunday brunch!