Brunch in Edinburgh

Sunday afternoon in Edinburgh isn’t complete with a wander and then a relaxing (or hangover treatment) brunch. Prepare to get very hungry with 5 of my favourite spots for brunch in Edinburgh.

The Pantry, Stockbridge (& Leith and Colinton)

Stockbridge was recently voted the best place to live in Scotland, and I love spending a Sunday afternoon wandering around the market and then popping into The Pantry on North West Circus Place for brunch. Quirky surroundings and a regularly changing brunch menu with staples such as full breakfast, waffles and Benedicts, they also do smashed avocado plates – try my favourite Sunshine on Stockbridge, olive oil toast with guacamole, roasted tomatoes, grilled pepper, poached eggs and fresh chili.

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Blue Bear Cafe, Canonmills

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The Blue Bear at Canonmills is all about service with a smile, and they are both dog and kid friendly too. This is a neighbourhood cafe with a big heart – and lots of art on the walls – including a huge mural by local artist Eddscape. Everything is eco-friendly, including compostable packaging and locally sourced food. Their brunch menu is huge (from benedicts, croques, baked eggs, or a bit of toast and jam) and as everything is so tasty I always find it very hard to choose. Work off your brunch with a wander up to the Edinburgh Botanical Garden.

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The Roseburn Cafe, Roseburn

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There are some weekends when a good old fashioned fry up is the only thing you want (or need). That and a can of Irn Bru. My favourite of Edinburgh’s ‘greasy spoon’ cafes is at Roseburn. The Roseburn Cafe does a full breakfast for under a fiver, or choose from one of their ‘sets’, most of which are under four quid. You can even choose to add chips. With fast service, formica tables and the radio on, this is the most traditional Scottish brunch in Edinburgh as you can get. Yum.

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The Skylark, Portobello

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Down at Edinburgh’s seaside is The Skylark, a hangout for both brunch or beers.  Their brunch is innovative and tasty, the chef works magic with the humble egg – and has a keen eye for a well-named dish. Try the D’artagnan – poached eggs on roasted mushroom and garlic toast with prosciutto crisp and parmesan shavings, or the Zinedine Zidane – poached eggs with Algerian couscous on paratha bread. Work off the food with bracing, mind-clearing, cheery-up stroll along the Portobello prom.

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The Roseleaf, Leith

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Despite operating out of what must be one of Edinburgh’s tiniest kitchens, the Roseleaf produces one of the city’s most fun brunches. Grab yourself a hat from their rather large collection, a cocktail in a teapot and get stuck into one of their ‘happy’ (free range), seasonal, local & sustainable brunch options. I can’t see past the Roseleafer veggie breakfast – haggis, beanz, slow roasted tomatoes, homemade tattie scone, flat cap mushroom, wilted spinach with a egg cracked in the skillet.

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Where is your favourite place for brunch in Edinburgh?

Love from, Scotland x


  • Andrea 31/05/2016 at 3:37 pm

    City Cafe near Cow Gate it is! Or basically any of those cute little Morningside cafes where old ladies drink wine on Sunday mornings 🙂

  • Christy Swagerty (@whatupswags) 28/06/2016 at 12:45 pm

    I’ve marked three of these places for my next visit to Edinburgh! Your food photos are fantastic, and it’s a good thing I ate before reading this. 🙂 Great to find your blog and connect on #citytripping!

  • Alex Muir 28/06/2016 at 4:28 pm

    Oh my word – that Sunshine on Stockbridge looks AMAZING! Great photo’s btw. This is the first time I’ve come across your blog but it’s getting a bookmark all of its own because we visit my inlaws in Edinburgh at least once a year and I love (quietly pollishes finger nails on collar) finding little great places where WE can take THEM!? 😉 #citytripping

  • Ruth 30/06/2016 at 6:14 am

    The food in all these places look delicious! I do not know if I prefer greasy spoons or more modern, hipster brunch places. I guess I have to keep trying different ones to decide ;0)

  • MummyTravels 30/06/2016 at 10:22 pm

    Mmmmmmm these sound great – it’s ages since I was last in Edinburgh but am definitely making a note of these for my next visit. #citytripping

  • Wander Mum 01/07/2016 at 7:32 pm

    Wow, they all look amazing, The Pantry in particular. I have a sudden urge to go out for brunch tomorrow. Great pics too I’m useless at taking food pics. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

  • Lillian Small 23/08/2016 at 4:58 pm

    I went to The Pantry this past weekend and we loved it! Can’t wait to go back to Edinburgh and try out the rest of your favourites

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