Now that the festival season is over and everything is (kind of) back to normal, let’s get back to the finer things in life: a hearty Brunch. Something in-between breakfast and lunch, brunch is a luxury reserved for lazy days, grand catch-ups with friends or to start touristy days in the city. Edinburgh’s got lots of typically Scottish breakfast spots disparagingly called greasy spoons, which are worth a try themselves, but if you are looking for a treat (and a nice place to sit down), we’ve got you covered. There are many fantastic spots for brunch in Edinburgh and who knew, you don’t have to stop at a Scottish breakfast either. Why not go for Japanese, Italian, French cuisine, or perhaps something on the healthy side? Our list of tried and tested brunches in Edinburgh options below.
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French: Côte Brasserie
For a breakfast with a French twist, head over to Côte on Frederick Street. For £8.50 you can enjoy two scrambled eggs, boudin noir (French black pudding), French streaky bacon and a field mushroom on toasted brioche. For your sweet tooth we recommend the French toast, which is like a pillowy cloud of awesomeness topped with seasonal fruit. If you tell them, we sent you, you’ll also get a cheeky glass of Kir Royale with your meal.
Address: 51 Frederick Street, Edinburgh EH2 1LH
© Côte Brasserie
Spanish: Serrano Manchego
A little piece of authentic Spain in Edinburgh, at Serrano Manchego you can enjoy delicious tapas with a cup of coffee from 9am onwards. Have a look at their menu and get transported to sunnier climates immediately. In the words of Sam C on TripAdvisor, the restaurant boasts a “lovely atmosphere, incredible food and a waiter with witty quips”.
Address: 297 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 8SA
© Serrano Manchego
Japanese: Harajuku Kitchen
This gem just minutes away from our apartments around Fountainbridge is the love child of Kaori Simpson, who is determined to bring the taste of her home Japan to the Scottish capital. Harajuku Kitchen opens 12pm, so is perfect for a late brunch or early lunch. The menu offers hearty Japanese dishes and the gyoza (Japanese dumplings) are to die for.
Address: 10 Gillespie Place, Edinburgh EH10 4HS
It’s hard to describe Milk’s menu without using ‘damn tasty’ and ‘well good’, but we’ll try. With their superfood, low fat, vegetarian, gluten-free and even vegan options, everyone will find something to fulfil their brunch desires. And try their homemade lemonades as well. Full of vitamins (and stuff) they will provide a kick start your day. Fountain Court guests benefit from a 10% discount on food.
Address: 232 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8EA
Scottish: The City Café
And finally… the typical Scottish breakfast. Ironically The City Café might look like an American diner at first glance, but it holds the best Scottish breakfast in town (in our opinion, of course). Served all day and for only £5,50, the Cooked Breakfast includes bacon, egg, pork sausage, black pudding, potato scone, beans, sauteéd mushrooms, hash brown, Scottish national dish haggis and toast. A vegetarian version is also available. Food coma guaranteed!
Address: 19 Blair Street, Edinburgh EH1 1QR
Enjoy brunch in Edinburgh when you stay in our one, two and three bedroom serviced apartments. We provide spacious accommodation in the heart of the city centre.