Steeped in culture and a rich history, there’s a reason why Edinburgh is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK. Whether you’re visiting, or you’re a fully-fledged Edinburgh resident, brunch recommendations always come in handy. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites in the capital city below, to help kick-start your day (after a lie-in of course).
The Ivy on The Square
What: One of several offshoots of world-famous The Ivy in London’s Covent Garden, this all-day brasserie is a welcome addition to Edinburgh’s St. Andrew Square. Weekend brunch here sees a varied menu of classic brunch dishes alongside heartier fare. Think eggs Benedict or hot buttermilk pancakes, alongside shepherd's pie or chicken Milanese. For dessert, indulge with a melting chocolate bombe or baked apple tart, while everything from smoothies to champers can be found on the drinks menu.
Where: 6 St. Andrew Square, EH2 2BD
Urban Angel What: The timings of brunch at urban Angel have become a little stretched since it started to become popular, but we're not complaining. At this Edinburgh mainstay, you can enjoy an all-day brunch, seven days a week. Classic options include French toast topped with bacon and maple syrup, but if you're looking for something lighter, you can instead opt for a smoothie bowl or avocado on sourdough toast. To drink, there are fresh juices for those on their best behaviour, and Bloody Marys for those on their worst.
Where: 121 Hanover Street, EH2 1DJ
Loudons What: Breakfast and brunch purveyors Loudons have two locations in the city, each offering up delicious brunch dishes to hungry locals. The best part of its brunch offering is the dedicated Benny’s menu, featuring different types of eggs Benedict. All served on homemade English muffins with herb salad, the 'Bennys' can be topped with chorizo, goat’s cheese, smoked salmon and plenty more. Don’t forget to stop by the bakery counter on your way out and grab a slice of carrot cake or a double chocolate chip cookie.
Where: 94B Fountainbridge, EH3 9QA; 2 Sibbald Walk, New Waverley, EH8 8FT
Smokestack What: With its US-via-Edinburgh menu and industrial-chic interiors, Smokestack thrills the crowds. Its brunch menu (served until 4pm on weekends) is best known for the homemade waffles, which can be topped with sweet (berries, Nutella) or savoury (buttermilk chicken, bacon) options. You can throw it back to childhood by washing down your meal with a banana and caramel shake, or you can delight in something stronger, thanks to a smoky Bloody Mary or the ominous sounding Organ Repair Kit.
Where: 53-55 Broughton Street EH1 3RJ
Dishoom What: This group of Indian cafés already has a flock of sites across London, as well as another outpost in Manchester. At the Edinburgh site, you’ll find a brunch menu which is peppered with tempting meat dishes, along with a decent number of vegan options. The obvious choice is Dishoom's signature bacon naan with chilli tomato jam, but there are other good options too, including chicken livers on toast and the vegan Bombay breakfast: spiced (eggless) akuri, vegan sausages, vegan black pudding, grilled field mushrooms, masala beans, grilled tomato and home-made vegan buns.
Where: 3a St. Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2BD
Blue Bear Café What: You won't leave feeling blue at this café, as its all-day brunch menu is practically guaranteed to leave you a happy customer. Pretty much ticking off every brunch need, Blue Bear Café’s menu features everything from a three-egg omelette to savoury croissants stuffed with ham and cheese. Elsewhere on the menu, you’ll find breakfast burritos and waffles topped with berries, while drinks range from freshly-squeezed juices to cups of Steampunk coffee, which is roasted locally.
Where: 9 Brandon Terrace, EH3 5EA
The Scran & Scallie What: From the same team behind Michelin-starred restaurant The Kitchin, this rustic-chic gastropub serves diners from breakfast through to the evening. Its brunch menu is a simple affair, offering classic breakfast and brunch dishes – think avocado and poached egg or scrambled eggs with smoked salmon. If you’re hungry, go for the ‘full Scran & Scallie's breakfast and wash it all down with an orange juice, a Scran & Scallie Virgin Mary or a Real Kombucha Royal Flush.
Where: 1 Comely Bank Road, EH4 1DT
Brunch & Supper What: The clue is in the name at this two-fold restaurant, which serves brunch until 4pm before switching to a menu of sharing plates in the evening. At brunchtime, the restaurant serves up savoury options, such as gluten-free pancakes crowned with salmon, avocado and poached egg, or a vegan burrito stuffed with quinoa, mixed beans, spinach, roasted pepper and vegan cheese. Naturally, there are all kinds of coffees and teas to perk you up, while if you want something different, you can sip on a selection of smoothies or shakes.
Where: 37-39 George IV Bridge, EH1 1E
MilkWhat: The breakfast menu at this minimalist spot is served all day on weekends, and its bench-style seating makes it perfect for a group brunch outing. On the menu, you'll find unique riffs on brunch classics, including a mushroom and rosemary burrito stuffed with comté cheese, tomato and rice. There are classics too though, such as eggs any style (with the option to add avocado) and a full breakfast featuring pork and herb sausages, bacon, egg, rosemary and garlic mushrooms and toast
Where: 232 Morrison Street, EH3 8EA
Roseleaf What: This quirky family-run bar and café is split into two distinct areas and is kitted out with ‘pre-loved’ furniture and other random trinkets. If you fancy a pre-brunch tipple, you can grab one in the lively bar at the front, before heading to the quieter back of the venue for your food. The menus change often, but you might find the likes of French toast made with homemade bread and topped with bacon, as well as courgette fritters with rustic apple coleslaw, served with salad and homemade chips.
Where: 23-24 Sandport Place, EH6 6EW
Want to dine in the Scottish capital at any time of the day? Take your pick from our selection of the 10 best restaurants in Edinburgh.