As we argued recently, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But what about those weekends when you want a few more hours in bed?
That’s when brunch steps up to the plate – if you’ll excuse the pun.
Here are some of the most scrumptious brunch options Edinburgh has to offer.
The Broughton Delicatessen & Cafe
Hardwood floors, high ceilings and huge windows give a bright and airy surrounding to your brunch experience in this hidden gem. Located on Barony street, the Broughton Delicatessen and Cafe does a pretty fantastic cooked breakfast, with one of the best tatty scones you’ll ever taste. If you’re looking for something lighter they have a great selection of egg dishes and a spicy Moroccan flat bread and chickpea platter if you fancy a taste of the Middle East. Nom.
7 Barony Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6PD – more info
If you aren’t a meat eater and you’re tired of the same old ‘veggie sausage’ you expect with most vegetarian brunches, this is the place for you. After you’ve had a wander around the Stockbridge market, hop across the road to The Pantry and relax. The Vegetarians Anonymous dish offers a fresh mix of crispy fried Halloumi, roasted vine tomato, parsley butter, foraged mushrooms, sweet potato and beetroot hash, guacamole and a poached duck egg. But don’t despair carnivorous ones: their take on the McMuffin, the slightly more refined MacPantry Muffin, is also a winner.
1-2 North West Circus Place, Edinburgh,EH3 6ST – more info
It’s hard not to feel at home when you’re lounging in Hemma, and that’s not just because its name means ‘home’ in Swedish. You feel instantly at ease when you sink into one of the mismatched armchairs scattered around the restaurant. Owners Anna and Mike Christopherson (who also run Boda Bar, Sofi’s, Victoria and Joseph Pearce’s) have added a Swedish twist to the classic brunch dish of French Toast with smoked salmon, sour cream and dill available as a topping.
73 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AU – more info
If its stylish outdoor dining you want then head to the Raeburn in Stockbridge. Their first floor balcony is wonderful on a (rare) sunny day and even better when you’re sipping on a Grapefruit and Camomile Fizz cocktail. The phrase ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ springs to mind as the prices here are more reasonable than you might think at first. The addition of smoked paprika to their open omelette brings a simple twist to a standard brunch dish.
112 Raeburn Place, Edinburgh,EH4 1HG – more info
Waffles are the name of the game if you’re getting your brunch on at Smoke Stack. The huevos racheros waffles topped with salsa, black beans, montery jack cheese and a fried egg are a stand out and go perfectly with a freshly made smoothie. Situated on bustling Broughton Street, the floor-to-ceiling windows at the front of the restaurant give you a great chance to people watch as you stuff your face.
53-55 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3RJ – more info
Walking into Earthy feels like wandering into a country kitchen, with high oak tables and French doors at the back of the restaurant looking out over the Water of Leith. Earthy is proud to use locally sourced ingredients to create a varied and ever changing menu. Their Turkish baked eggs, however, are so good they are a permanent fixture. This dish doesn’t come in a dish at all, the eggs are presented in small frying pan with spiced beans in a sweet tomato sauce and a side of flat bread.
1-6 Canonmills Bridge, Edinburgh, UK EH3 5LF – more info
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This dockside pub is a bit of a Leith institution. At night the place is filled with a mix of locals and students, working their way through the extensive beer and whisky selection. To make the morning after a bit more bearable for those who may have worked a bit too hard on the menu the night before, they also offer a hearty brunch. Their generous cooked breakfast is a winner but we suggest trying the pulled pork roll. The pulled meat goes great with lashings of barbecue and apple sauce and a side of coleslaw. The perfect combination of sweet and savory.
1c Dock Place, Edinburgh, EH6 6LU – more info
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.
121 Hanover Street (0131 225 6215); more info
— Montpeliers Bar (@montpeliers_bar) December 28, 2013
After you have a lazy walk through the Meadows to work up an appetite, Montpeliers will feed you and feed you well. If you have a sweet tooth then their caramelised banana pancakes with butterscotch sauce and creme fraiche will provide the sugar hit you need. If you’re looking to do some serious eating then go for the aptly named Full Monty. Char grilled chicken, pork and herb sausages, Ayrshire bacon, eggs, potato scone,
Scottish minute steak, haggis, black pudding, tomato, mushrooms, baked beans are served with tea or coffee, toast and orange juice.
159-161 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh EH10 4DG – more info
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— Toast Edinburgh (@toastedinburgh) April 13, 2014
This charming bistro’s food is rooted in the tastes of France, which is a very good thing. Forget those stale ‘hotel continental breakfast’ croissants that come with a tiny square of butter. Toast offers a delightful selection of flavour packed fillings, our favourite being goats cheese, black pudding, sun blush tomatoes and rocket. If it’s comfort food you are after then order the croque monsieur, a grilled cheese and ham sandwich that will warm the soul.
146 Marchmont Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1AQ – more info
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