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Unlike movies, sequels to foodie lists are no bad thing, especially in a city like Edinburgh where restaurants open, close and wow us on a daily basis.
Last year we brought you our first definitive list of Edinburgh’s ten best breakfast spots, and now we’re back with ten more of the biggest and most brilliant breakfasts Edinburgh has to offer.
Edinburgh Larder Cafe
Having been open and popular for more than half a decade now, Edinburgh Larder Cafe is famous for its breakfasts but also somewhat off the beaten track meaning you might be in with a chance of getting a seat on busy mornings. Championing seasonal, sustainable and locally sourced food in the city, this places serves everything from homemade porridge to a fantastic veggie breakfast alongside coffee from Artisan Roast and tea from Eteaket. And don’t worry, carnivores, there’s a top notch, meaty cooked breakfast on the menu for you too.
15 Blackfriars Street, EH1 1NB – edinburghlarder.co.uk/cafe
The Caffeine Drip
Perfectly located for West End commuters during the week, it’s definitely worth languishing in South African cafe and bakery The Caffeine Drip when you can to sample their breakfast offerings. You can create your own cooked breakfast here, choosing your preferred toast, eggs and any number of both familiar and unusual additions – they even have boerewors sausage and fried banana. Hankering for something healthy? You can opt for porridge, an omelette or even a totally vegan-friendly breakfast.
10 Melville Place, EH3 7PR – thecaffeinedrip.com
Although they have their fingers in a fair few pies – providing refreshments everywhere from the Fruitmarket Gallery to the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop – Milk’s Morrison Street cafe is the place to go for a bonza breakfast. They open their doors early (even at the weekend) and you can opt for anything from a chorizo breakfast burrito to a classically satisfying full breakfast. Simple and stylish yet warm and welcoming inside, you’ll never want to leave once you get cosy.
232 Haymarket Terrace, EH3 8EA – cafemilk.co.uk
Low-key but effortlessly cool, Checkpoint is fairly new to the Edinburgh foodie scene but already making headway when it comes to brilliant breakfast. Start the day – as they say here – any time before 5pm with hash browns and eggs, eggs florentine or something even more adventurous. Suffering after a big night out? You can wash it all down with a beautiful bloody mary. Checkpoint is lightyears away from a greasy spoon, but it’s a must-visit morning spot for food fanatics.
3 Bristo Pl, EH1 1EY – checkpointedinburgh.com
Small cafe Maxi’s is a little too far off the beaten track for Castle-obsessed tourists but superbly located for Stockbridge residents – a definite plus point for some Edinburgh locals. The cafe’s relaxed feel will make you feel at home as you fuel up on a full breakfast, French toast or just a generously filled seeded bap with some freshly squeezed orange juice. Breakfast is served until 3pm so you don’t have to be an early bird to get the breakfast worm at Maxi’s.
33 Raeburn Place, EH4 1HX – facebook.com/maxiscafe
The go-to breakfast location in Morningside has to be Salt Cafe – a fashionable licensed cafe serving all manner of meals but specialising in the most important of them all. There are eggs galore on the breakfast menu here (even with toast soldiers for anyone who wants to get nostalgic) and a substantial full brekkie that gets high praise from locals.
54-56 Morningside Road, EH10 4BZ – facebook.com/SaltCafeMorningside
After a brisk morning walk on Portobello beach you can stop off at comfort food restaurant Butternut Squash for what might be Edinburgh’s most reasonably priced breakfast. Unusual (but no less delicious) menu items include beans on toast, filled croissants and kippers cooked with some fantastic flavours. Dog-friendly and with genuinely welcoming staff, both this place and its breakfasts are legitimate hidden gems by the seaside.
10 Bath Street, EH15 1EY – butternutportobello.co.uk
Small but central and with a reputation that precedes itself, you’ll have to time your breakfast pilgrimage just right to get a table at Papii. The atmosphere here is laidback and perfect for a quiet morning. There’s no full breakfast here, but you can have eggs any way you can imagine, as well as filled breakfast rolls, paninis and bagels. Oh, and the coffee is top notch. The buttermilk vanilla waffles and freshly made fruit smoothies undoubtedly steal the show at Papii, though. We’d recommend ordering waffles with the works – you’d never think fresh strawberries and bacon could taste so good together.
101 Hanover Street, EH2 1DJ – facebook.com/Papii-138945066161195
Word of Mouth
It’s all about the all day breakfasts at Word of Mouth cafe in Leith and the portions are generous – although strictly no swapping your mushrooms for another sausage, you cheeky monkey. The place is small and popular so can get busy at peak times, but the brekkies are absolutely worth the wait for a table.
3a Albert St, EH7 5HL – facebook.com/Word-of-Mouth-Cafe-227636163937635
Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch
This one really does what it says on the tin, but by no means is that a bad thing. Pleasance-based cafe Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch recently introduced a fully vegan breakfast to their repertoire, alongside their popular veggie and full Scottish offerings – all for less than £6 a pop. If you’re not ravenous enough to tackle a full plate, you can get your hands on a filled roll for under £2 which, in Edinburgh at least, is outstanding value.
65 Pleasance, EH8 9TG – bbl.me.uk
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