Edinburgh is renowned for the quality of its Scottish sourced menus and the wide array of restaurants, from Leith to the West End. But come the weekend, nothing can beat the simple comfort of brunch.
Nicola Brown picks out five of the best cafés and restaurants to get your late-morning fix in Scotland’s capital.
121 Hanover Street (0131 225 6215); more info
How much? Brunch for 2 between £15 and £25.
Tucked into the corner of Hanover Street, Urban Angel is a must for brunch lovers. With a rustic interior that will fool you into thinking you’re in a remote log cabin, it’s the perfect spot to spend a rainy weekend afternoon.
With an environmentally conscious ethos, Urban Angel sources fresh, seasonal produce, making every visit a unique experience. Their all-day brunch menu boasts Arbroath smokies, French toast, oatmeal and breakfast smoothies, along with the option of add-ons like haggis and black pudding.
Their renowned eggs benedict comes with a warning: once eaten you will find it near impossible to sample anything else off the menu again.
The Edinburgh Larder
15 Blackfriars Street, (0131 556 6922); more info
How much? Two full breakfasts cost £20.
Despite being in the heart of Edinburgh’s bustling Old Town, the Edinburgh Larder is still regarded as a favourite among locals. Brunch go-ers can listen to their stomachs and choose accordingly from the ‘wee breakfasts’ list or, for the more ravenous, the ‘hearty breakfasts’ alternative.
With a choice of freshly baked scones, artisan rolls, porridge and veggie breakfasts, there’s something to satisfy all taste buds. Coffee is provided by local specialists Artisan Roast and homemade cordial is offered up from the drinks menu. Brunch is served until 12noon.
6a Nicolson Street, (0131 623 1752); more info
How much? Rolls with two fillings are £4.75
Describing themselves as “filling a much needed gap between the casualness of a café and the formality of a restaurant”, Spoon has the feel of being in a friend’s (albeit a very rich friend’s) flat. On the first floor above a lively Nicolson Street below, you can indulge your inner hipster and enjoy the china tea sets and vintage wall art. Spoon has not fallen for the style-over-substance trap, however, as the quality of their food marks them out as one of the top cafés in the capital. If the choice of croissants, mixed grills and eggs does not suffice, then the daily array of cupcakes and home baking is hard to ignore.
Follow them on Twitter (@SpoonEdinburgh) for information about upcoming cooking workshops and vintage fairs.
23/4 Howe Street, (0131 556 8403); more info
For a touch of the personal, family-run café Leo’s Beanery offers a taste of the local Stockbridge area with its daily homemade breads and cakes. Whether you’re a local to the New Town or a flâneur for the day and simply happen across Leo’s, it’s a quiet spot to delight in the seasonal flavours and prepare for the day ahead.
Their bacon and black pudding is sourced from Stockbridge and the smell of freshly baked bread fills the café daily. With its dark wood furnishings and wholesome meals, it arouses that comforting feeling of visiting your gran for tea.
39-41 Broughton Street; more info
How much? A full breakfast is £8.95
Situated in the foodies’ haven of Broughton Street, Treacle earns its place with a bar and kitchen serving up an adventurous yet modestly priced menu. The slick finish of the restaurant, with its leather quilted bar and exposed brick walls, has made it a regular haunt for families and young professionals alike.
The brunch menu includes Belgian waffles, full Scottish breakfasts and berry accompaniments.
Weekend brunch is served 10am – 3pm; weekdays it’s available until 12noon.
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