The cobbled streets of Edinburgh are lined with independent restaurants and cafes, offering dozens of choices for where to begin your day. Whether you’re visiting the Scottish capital or are a hardened local, it’s never too late to find a new delicious option.
Dotted all over the city, here are 12 of the most well-reviewed breakfast cafes and restaurants, each with its own speciality on offer and always accompanied by fresh coffee, of course. There are centrally-located spots to start your day right before heading out shopping, or more remote choices for when you want to find something closer to your home.
From filling all-day breakfasts to light sandwiches and pastries, browse this list of the most popular places for breakfast in Edinburgh based on TripAdvisor reviews.
5. Salt Cafe
Don't worry, the breakfast at Salt Cafe offers much more than just salt. No matter what time of day it is, head to 54-56 Morningside Road to find an all-day brunch on offer paired with freshly-brewed coffee. Photo: Salt Cafe.
Photo: Salt Cafe
6. Em's Kitchen
The vegetarian breakfast is one of the most popular items on Em's Kitchen's menu, making it a go-to for many veggie visitors. However, there's plenty for everyone's preference as well, from fluffy pancakes to avocado on toast. You can find the restaurant at 38 Marys Street. Photo: Mammela / Pixabay / Canva Pro.
Photo: Mammela / Pixabay / Canva Pro
7. Fortuna Coffee Bar
If you manage to snag a table at Fortuna on 77 Queen Street, you're lucky, as the small restaurant is often full. If you do get in there, expect refined breakfast options like smoked salmon bagels and artfully-made coffees. Photo: Fortuna Coffee Bar.
Photo: Fortuna Coffee Bar
Get a taste of the Mediterranean in this Edinburgh breakfast eatery at 38 Easter Road, or snag freshly-baked croissants and breads from the till to take with you as you go. Photo: Polentoni.