Brunchin’ in Edinburgh

If you’re anything like me, Saturday mornings are for brunch. Thankfully, Edinburgh offers a plethora of unique breakfast cuisine guaranteed to satisfy your morning cravings and get you up and out of bed.

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Urban Angel                                                                                                                                          Served 8am- 5pm

Situated in the hustle and bustle of central Edinburgh, just off of Hanover Street, Urban Angel is an effortlessly chic establishment. With white walls, high ceilings, and a welcoming all day brunch menu that emphasizes fair trade, organic, and locally sourced ingredients, you’ll feel just at home even when you’re out and about. When it comes to food, the smoked salmon with spinach and baked eggs with feta & za’atar, are equally superb.

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Blue Bear Cafe                                                                                                                                        Served 8am-3:30pm, Saturdays & Sundays 9am-3:30

Open 7 days a week, Blue Bear Cafe is the ultimate all day breakfast and brunch destination near Edinburgh’s botanical gardens and offers classical favourites like eggs benedict, french toast, and homemade porridge. My personal comfort food favourites include the eggs royale, homemade smokey beans on toast, and the meaty breakfast burrito.

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Hula Juice Cafe, Grassmarket                                                                                                              Served 8am-6pm

Located near the University of Edinburgh’s central campus in historic Grassmarket, Hula is an “island in the city” and boasts an eccentric tropical mural interior (perfect for Instagram worthy food pics;) and an assortment of health conscious menu items like pressed juices and acai bowls. Dietary requirements are well catered for as gluten free, dairy free, raw, and vegan options are also readily available. Although, it does get quite busy especially on weekends the acai bowl and of course, the avocado toast are well worth the wait.

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Leo’s Beanery                                                                                                                                          Served Monday-Thursday 8am-12pm, Friday 8am-1:30pm, Saturdays & Sundays 8am-2:30pm

A hidden gem in the heart of New Town, Leo’s is a below the street level eatery with outdoor seating, charming staff, and cozy reclaimed wooden tables crafted from old church pews perfect for intimate exchanges. For rainy days, start with a hearty Scottish porridge served with cinnamon, crispy maple toasted nuts, seeds, and fruit.  Alternatively, Leo’s favourite which consists of two softly poached free range eggs, farmhouse white toast, and butter is also a simple but iconic dish.

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The Pantry, Stockbridge                                                                                                                     Served 9am-3:30pm

Saving the best for last, The Pantry is an ambient brunch venue in Stockbridge with quirky menu items like ‘Pimp My Fry’, ‘The V-guy’, and ‘Matcha Matcha Man’. While the queue can get rather long on weekends ( be prepared to wait 20-30 mins for a table), it is well worth the wait. I would recommend the U.S.A (ubiquitous smashed avocado) along with a turmeric latte.

By Annabella.