The best breakfasts in Edinburgh

The finest cafes, bistros and restaurants in the capital for a morning meal

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The best breakfasts in Edinburgh

Pancakes at Heller's Kitchen

Broughton Delicatessen
7 Barony Street, 558 7111, broughton-deli.co.uk
Breakfast served: Mon–Sat 8am–3pm; Sun 11am–3pm.

What does this place not do well? A great deli, healthy lunches and superb, made-from-scratch breakfasts from morning until 3pm every day. The Broughton Deli breakfast is a stand-out, with homemade potato scones and special recipe baked beans alongside bacon, black pudding and scrambled egg. Or, for an American twist, try maple syrup-doused pancakes with fruit or bacon. (David Pollock)

Falko Konditormeister
185 Bruntsfield Place, 656 0763, falko.co.uk
This German bakery/café, already renowned for its tasty selection of cakes, also offers two brunch menus on weekends: a two-course eggs Florentine and granola combo, or a hearty cold meat-and-cheese platter with a pretzel and croissant. Both come with fruit juice and a tea or coffee, and cost only £9.80. Yum. (Niki Boyle)

Heller’s Kitchen
15 Salisbury Place, 667 4654, hellerskitchen.co.uk
Breakfast served: Mon–Fri 9.30am–11:30am; Sat 9am– 3pm; Sun 10am–3pm.

At the opposite end of the spectrum to your standard greasy spoon is Heller’s, a spacious and sophisticated breakfast place offering an imaginative menu. If you can make it past the freshly baked sugar doughnuts in the window (always snapped up fast so get there early) we suggest ordering indulgent American style pancakes with either smoked bacon or fresh fruit. (Emma Prior)

The King’s Wark
36 The Shore, 554 9260, thekingswark.co.uk
Breakfast served: Sat noon–3pm; Sun 11am–12.30pm. Brunch served: Sun 12.30pm–3pm.

They only serve it on Sundays, but the Kings Wark’s brunch is an Edinburgh institution. The full breakfast, smoked salmon and scrambled egg bagels are positively pedestrian in comparison to a plate of smoked haddock, haggis and tattie scones or the fearsome rib eye steak with fried egg and potatoes. A spinach crêpe is also on offer for the veggies. (David Pollock)

Leo’s Beanery
23a Howe Street, 556 8403, leosbeanery.co.uk
Breakfast served: Tue–Fri 8am–noon; Sat & Sun 9am–noon; closed Mon.

A single sandwich board points the way down to Leo’s basement on Howe Street. It’s a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it place, making it the perfect hideaway from the city hubbub, and the buggy brigade in nearby Stockbridge. Enjoy free-range scrambled eggs on wholemeal artisan bread, or, for something different, oven-roasted aubergines on a bagel. All with excellent coffee, naturally. (Emma Prior)

Mimi’s Bakehouse
63 The Shore, 555 5908, mimisbakehouse.com
Breakfast served: Mon–Fri 9am–noon; Sat & Sun 9am–1pm.

This Leith café’s monochrome candystripes and 1950s pin-up artwork draws cupcake-lovers at afternoon tea time, but for something more sturdy, their breakfast menu includes a full Scottish, porridge with cinnamon and brown sugar, or delicious slices of French toast with bacon and maple syrup. They recently expanded into the premises next door, but small weekend queues are still likely. (Claire Sawers)

Peter’s Yard
7 Simpson Loan, 228 5876, petersyard.com
Breakfast served: Mon–Fri 7am–noon; Sat & Sun 9am–noon.

Peter’s Yard is a paragon of Scandinavian minimalism – a café where both food and décor are simple, elegant and very pleasing indeed. Breakfast consists of freshly-baked breads with cheese and preserves. Watch the magic happen through the viewing windows of the bakery or, if you’re in a hurry, grab a highly recommended latte and a traditional Swedish cinnamon bun at the Savour to Go shop round the back. (Emma Prior)

Spoon
6a Nicolson Street, 557 4567, spooncafe.co.uk
Breakfast served: All day Mon–Sat 10am–10pm; closed Sun.

There’s a lot to love about this artsy central hangout – up the stairs from Nicolson Street’s buzz, and offering breakfasts ranging from porridge or fruit salad through to a full mixed grill – but it’s their breakfast rolls that we adore in particular. Served on a fulsome and herb-infused crusty roll, they’re a contender for the best in Edinburgh. (David Pollock)

Toast
146 Marchmont Road, 446 9873, toastedinburgh.co.uk
Breakfast served: Mon–Fri 10am–noon; Sat & Sun 10am–3pm.

Worth braving weekend brunch queues for: breakfast classics are finely executed – expect good quality, herby sausages, just-crisp bacon and homemade beans in the full works – but there’s a wealth of more unusual options, too: French toast comes either with bacon and maple syrup or with goats cheese and honey-baked tomatoes. And save room for gorgeous cakes! (Laura Ennor)

Urban Angel
1 Forth Street, 556 6323; 121 Hanover Street, 225 6215
Forth Street breakfast served: Mon–Sun 9am–5pm.
Hanover Street breakfast served: Mon–Sat 9am–5pm; Sun 10am–5pm.

These smart, modern bistros do a good line in early morning pick-me-ups, catering as much for the calorie conscious or those who don’t give a damn. You can pick from yoghurt, bircher muesli and pastries, or go the whole hog with some of the best eggs Benedict served anywhere in Edinburgh. Arbroath smokies and a mix’n’match fry-up are also on offer and vegetarians will find themselves not unwelcome here. (David Pollock)

And if you're craving something specific …

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Manna House
22–24 Easter Road
Falko Konditorei
185 Bruntsfield Place

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Spoon
6A Nicolson Street
Rocket
41 Morningside Road

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Edinburgh Larder
15 Blackfriars Street
Café Milk
232 Morrison Street

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Hula
103-105 West Bow

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Heller's Kitchen
15 Salisbury Place

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Toast
146 Marchmont Road
Mimi’s Bakehouse
63 Shore

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Circle
1 Brandon Terrace
Urban Angel
1 Forth Street

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The King's Wark
36 Shore
Broughton Deli
7 Barony Street

Broughton Delicatessen

7 Barony Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6PD

Brightly coloured paper snowballs hang from the ceiling and illustrations by local artists adorn the walls of this vibrant deli-cafe, which is as popular for a takeaway salad box as it is for a relaxing coffee and cake pitstop. In a menu packed with…

Circle by Di Giorgio

1 Brandon Terrace, Canonmills, Edinburgh, EH3 5AE

Joining the hotbed of café competition in Canonmills, Circle by Di Giorgio opened under new owners Nadia and Ivan Di Giorgio in August 2013 and has already earned its stripes. Straddling the divide between bistro and café, a strong Italian influence…

Edinburgh Larder Café

15 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1NB

This understandably popular café has a rustic style yet warm feel, where the welcome is genuine and the soft background music would never interfere with conversation. The menu contains a feast of local ingredients and some from across Scotland: the deli…

Falko (Konditormeister)

185 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4DG

It is perhaps not odd that one of Scotland’s most highly regarded cake and bread shops isn’t Scottish at all, when you consider that in Germany you must work for five years and pass craft exams before you can call yourself a master pastry chef, or…

Hellers Kitchen

15 Salisbury Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1SL

Hellers Kitchen is a heavenly all-rounder. Feeding Southside locals morning to night, it transitions smoothly from full breakfasts and American-style pancakes as the sun rises, to stone-baked pizzas and sandwiches on home-made sourdough at lunch and…

Hula Juice Bar and Gallery

103–105 West Bow, Edinburgh, EH1 2JP

This extremely popular cafe is usually packed with a youthful clientele, giving it a buzz of excitement. The warm red walls with bright paintings result in a relaxed vibe, where service is efficient and friendly. There's a wide choice of fruit…

The King's Wark

36 The Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6QU

The Shore area abounds with good bars these days, but none can quite match the King’s Wark both for its classic ambience, with stripped-back stone walls and old-fashioned wooden furniture giving it something approaching the air of a rustic country pub…

Leo's Beanery

23a Howe Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6TF

One of those well-loved neighbourhood reliables where regulars are greeted by name, Leo’s is a beanery in the serious coffee sense, not in the ‘cheap restaurant’ sense. It’s very much a café, for a start, and is the only place in Edinburgh to serve (and…

The Manna House

22–24 Easter Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5RG

Half bakery, half café, the Manna House shows all-round dedication to excellent food, whether that’s a best-selling pain de campagne loaf to take home, a creamy slab of quiche or an elegantly chocolate-crammed patisserie with Eteaket tea. Absolutely…

Milk

232 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8EA

It’s the sheer tastiness of Milk’s creative food (all, apart from breads, made on the premises) that marks the place out – from a chorizo burrito for breakfast through to black bean, sweet potato and quinoa chilli at lunchtime. Tucked into a gleaming…

Mimi's Bakehouse

63 The Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6RA

Cake, cake and more cake. Marvel at the selection of sweet treats on offer at both Mimi’s Bakehouse and Mimi’s Picnic Parlour, as this family does its utmost to increase the size of our waistlines with its indulgent layer cakes, gooey brownies and…

Peter's Yard

27 Simpson Loan (Quartermile), Edinburgh, EH3 9GG

Fashion is fickle, but at present, Scandinavia is the ‘new black’. The theme of back to bare boards rustic simplicity is recurrent, and whether it is applied to the recent string of gripping and gritty murder mysteries, or to interior décor, food and…

Rocket Café

41 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4DR

Colourful images adorn the walls of Rocket and there's a lively atmosphere of constant conversation between customers of all ages in this popular Morningside cafe. Soup and sandwiches are the order of the day here, with options chalked up on boards…

Spoon

6a Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DH

Plenty of restaurants bandy about their seasonal produce credentials, but not all take it as seriously as Spoon, where what’s on the plate takes its cue from what’s in season locally. It’s a mix and match kind of place: casual café by day, unpretentious…

Toast

146 Marchmont Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1AQ

The last outpost on Marchmont Road before it peters out into residential anonymity, Toast has a friendly neighbourhood vibe, thanks to its warmly painted walls and jumble of original artworks. Overall, it concentrates more on comforting rather than…

Urban Angel

121 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DJ

Despite the recent closure of its Forth Street branch, Urban Angel continues to serve seasonal, mostly local and ethically sourced, feel-good factor food. Big appetite or small, there’s something here for you. Share a few little plates, or indulge in a…

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