The best breakfasts in Edinburgh

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

The best breakfasts in Edinburgh

Pancakes at Heller's Kitchen

Broughton Delicatessen
7 Barony Street, 558 7111,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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,
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)

6a Nicolson Street, 557 4567,
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)

146 Marchmont Road, 446 9873,
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 …


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


6A Nicolson Street
41 Morningside Road


Edinburgh Larder
15 Blackfriars Street
Café Milk
232 Morrison Street


103-105 West Bow


Heller's Kitchen
15 Salisbury Place


146 Marchmont Road
Mimi’s Bakehouse
63 Shore


1 Brandon Terrace
Urban Angel
1 Forth Street


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

Broughton Delicatessen

7 Barony Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6PD

The jumbled mix of parents with kids, young couples, and middle-aged people stopping in for a casual cup of coffee makes Broughton Delicatessen a wonderfully friendly and welcoming place to spend an afternoon. There are plenty of options for sandwiches…

Circle by Di Giorgio

1 Brandon Terrace, Canonmills, Edinburgh, EH3 5AE

The roots of husband and wife team Ivan and Nadia Di Giorgio are evident in this recently renamed establishment which they took over in 2013. Italian radio supplies the background music and the menu leans heavily on Ivan’s Sicilian background. Arancini…

Edinburgh Larder Café

15 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1NB

Tucked away off the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Larder is a dose of calm rusticity serving an ever-changing variety of cafe staples to tourists in the know and a loyal local following. The breakfasts are a traditionally hearty start to the day before the…

Falko (Konditormeister)

185 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4DG

To stand out from the crowd in Bruntsfield’s cafe heartland you have to be doing something a bit different. German Konditormeister (master pastry chef) Falko Burkert set up his bread and cake empire in 2008 and continues to provide discerning locals and…

Hellers Kitchen

15 Salisbury Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1SL

Hardworking husband and wife team Richard and Michelle Heller serve a full range of breakfast dishes, meet lunchtime demand, then set up for evening service. And just in case there is a quiet moment, they also run a successful outside catering business.

Hula Juice Bar and Gallery

103–105 West Bow, Edinburgh, EH1 2JP

Hula Juice Bar is fun and healthy – a bit like the hula-hoop craze decades ago. This popular café features other nostalgic nods to the 1960s and 70s: flowery seats and glass mugs, water served in milk bottles, Terry and June teapots and, in general, the…

The King's Wark

36 The Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6QU

On an inclement night, this is an excellent place to hole up, drink red wine and eat really good pub food. In a stone-walled 15th century building down on The Shore, it feels like escaping to an old country pub. Flickering candlelight, low ceilings and…

Leo's Beanery

23a Howe Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6TF

A sunny basement spot where the New Town meets Stockbridge, Leo’s is well-loved by locals and something of a delightful discovery for tourists who happen to be staying nearby. Breakfast is a big deal here. While the much-loved favourites of bacon rolls…

The Manna House

22–24 Easter Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5RG

Yummy' doesn't begin to do justice to the amazing food on offer at this beloved little bakery/café. Nestled among the less auspicious takeaways and boozers of Easter Road is a haven of culinary perfection. Owned by Martin Wilson, Andrew Massey and…


232 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8EA

A small and neatly attired sandwich bar with a few snug bench seats, the benefits of Milk only become clear after you’ve been served. Sited to catch passing commuters on their way into town from Haymarket and local office workers sick of the staff…

Mimi's Bakehouse

63 The Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6RA

Most visitors arrive at Mimi’s Bakehouse with only one thing on their mind. All eyes are on the counter which is laden with multi-coloured tiers of cake, slabs of chocolate creations and other sugary concoctions – their raspberry meringue slice is a…

Peter's Yard

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

Peter’s Yard is a Quartermile café championing Scandinavian breads, buns, biscuits, cakes, scones and their famous crispbreads, all supplied by founder Peter Ljungquist’s new Swedish bakery, Soderberg, which opened in February 2015 nearby at 1 Lister…

Rocket Café

41 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4DR

Edinburgh’s café scene can be a fickle market, but it’s one in which Morningside’s Rocket seems to be thriving. You could put this down to the steady stream of school kids, students, mums and local ladies who file through the door daily, but more likely…


6a Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DH

This upstairs bistro is close to Edinburgh University and the Festival Theatre and is therefore often populated by students and theatregoers. Spoon also draws a crowd for its themed events, such as its Radical Burns Supper and an International Women's…

Urban Angel

121 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DJ

The ethos of Urban Angel is that special ingredients should be eaten every day and not just as treats. With that in mind they source the best of Scottish produce and organic ingredients, and pride themselves on catering for vegetarians, vegans and…


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