Best breakfast and brunch in Edinburgh

Best breakfast and brunch in Edinburgh

Finn & Bear / credit: Don Lumsden

The city's top places for tasty morning treats, from all-day breakfasts to a handy hair of the dog


These are the restaurants, cafés and bakeries that get top marks from us for dishing out good grub from the crack of dawn. Some have been chosen for successfully curing a hangover with their fry ups, some for their healthy, energy boosting dishes and others for getting that mellow, first-thing-in-the-morning ambience, just right.

Contini George Street
They serve a stunning breakfast here 6 days a week – the bacon-stuffed focaccia rolls are a firm favourite – with an additional brunch menu on Sundays.

Breakfast every day until just before noon – their bacon naan roll is fast becoming the stuff of legend, or try the equally lush fried eggs on chilli cheese toast.

Finn & Bear
This Shore newcomer is from the same stable as the Pantry, so you'll know their brunch game is strong – breakfast runs till noon daily, and there's an all-day brunch at weekends.

The Ivy on the Square
Brunch is served till 4pm at the weekends in this high-end see-and-be-seen city centre newcomer.

Loudons Café & Bakery
Their all-day weekend brunch is a guaranteed hangover killer – they're licenced too if the only way to get over it is to get back on it.

Brunch is served all day, every day – it's a perfect stopping-off point after a walk down the Water of Leith.

Eating & Drinking Guide 2018/19

Eating & Drinking Guide 2018/19

25th Edition published April 2018. Widely recognised as the most reliable, comprehensive and authoritative guide to eating out in more than 950+ restaurants, bistros, cafes and bars in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
A Loudons
Lochrin Square, 94b Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 9QA
Bright, spacious and relaxed, Loudons is a great spot to watch the world go by over a leisurely brunch.
B Contini George Street
103 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3ES
Modern Italian cuisine in grand, elegant surroundings in the heart of Georgian Edinburgh.
C The Ivy on the Square
6 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2BD
Classic British brasserie with a substantial outdoor terrace, serving breakfast through brunch and afternoon tea to dinner.
D Dishoom
3a St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2BD
Indian food with a cool, contemporary twist – visiting this buzzy New Town restaurant is a fabulous experience.
E Ostara
52 Coburg Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6HJ
Friendly Leith café/bistro with an engaged attitude to its local neighbourhood, suppliers and good, fresh food.
F Finn & Bear
58 The Shore, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6RA
A cheery bar by the Water of Leith for drinks, coffee or a bite to eat.