Edinburgh Recommends: Best breakfast

The City Cafe. Picture: Julie Bull
The City Cafe. Picture: Julie Bull
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No-one knows a city better than the people who live and work in it. The best coffee shops, the best bars, the best independent stores and the best places for brunch.

Guide books are useful for visitors, but for locals it’s word of mouth that gives you the latest and most reliable information.

As part of Edinburgh Recommends, we have been asking you to tell us about your favourite places in the city centre.

We publish the best of them in the paper every Friday with the top recommendation winning either dinner for two, tickets to a show or attraction or £40 of shopping vouchers. Not bad for just telling us what you like!

Each week, in association with This Is Edinburgh – the new campaign that highlights the huge offer in Edinburgh city centre – we choose a category and ask for your recommendation. All we need is around 50 words. You can add a picture if you like.

We have also been asking for submissions through our website – edinburghnews.com – and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

See how you can make your selections at the bottom of each page – online, by e-mail, or by post. So get recommending!


Geoff Robbins: “Got to nominate the City Cafe for this one, excellent American-style pancake stacks with bacon, maple syrup, fruit compotes, and some healthy options should you feel the need – which I never have.”


Kirsten Murphy: “The Huxley at The Rutland Hotel is lovely. Great choice, relaxing atmosphere, friendly staff and the food is plentiful & tasty, you really can’t ask for anything more.”


Suzi Panayotopoulos: “By far the best breakfasts I’ve ever had in Edinburgh are at the Waiting Room in Morningside. Also a hog roast bap from the Farmers’ Market is just what you need to recover from a hangover! Make sure you get crackling and stuffing in there too!”


Kerry McDougall: “Lebowskis Bar, Morrison Street. Get in for 12 out for 1, do some shopping and head back in for dinner . . . Lebowskis is the best food mmmmm.”


Joanne Baird Caffe: “Lucano on George IV Bridge – Eggs Benedict variations delicious, especially Eggs Lucano with parma ham.”


John Cromb: “Two Thin Laddies at Tollcross do the best poached eggs on toast.”

snax attax

George Patterson: “Either incarnarion of Snax hits the spot for me. Any combination you can imagine in big tasty rolls, fantastic!

Italian delight

David Klan: “Taste of Italy, Baxters Place just down from Playhouse and very reasonably priced. Great staff also.”

stack them up

Susan Baillie: “Smoke Stack in Broughton Street. Great bacon waffles with maple syrup”

bisque takes the biscuit

Janet Zillah: “Bisque near the Meadows. Best breakfast ever.


Andy Boyd: “Hamiltons in Stockbridge . . . full breakfast and a couple of Bloody Marys . . . ready to face anything!”


David McIntee: “56 North is the business. Trust me when I say you will not be disappointed, the food is out of this world and the staff are fantastic too. Miss at your peril.”

the big yin

Clare Beattie: “The Roseleaf in Leith does an amazing brunch order – the Big Yin. You will not be disappointed. It is a full cooked breakfast and comes with yummy homemade toast! They also have a great selection of fresh juices!”


Michelle Cochrane: “The Sea Breeze on Leith Walk. Nursed many a hangover there . . . and they always remember how I like my eggs.”

morning haven

Claudia Bell: “The Haven (Anchorfield) offers a fab choice. Delicious berry pancakes full of fruit and taste for me. Traditional Scottish fry-up with all the trimmings for other half. Followed by THE most delicious carrot cake and fresh strong coffee. A Sunday treat.”

mimi’s is a shore thing

Lauren Ford: “Mimi’s Bakehouse, The Shore. With their cakes to die for you will not be disappointed with this place! The cooked breakfast is simply the best – and the black pudding and bacon roll is delicious! Relaxed atmosphere and with a genuine family team! Go now!!”


Linda Pender McVey: “Toby, Lauriston Farm’s all you can eat for £3.99 includes sausage, egg, bacon, tomato, beans, fried potato, black pudding and toast, butter and jam. Go to the counter as many times as you wish.”

Bear Essentials

Malcolm MacLeod: “The Blue Bear, Brandon Terrace, Canonmills. There is an entire page in the menu here devoted to egg dishes. Need I say more?! All day breakfasts are just £8.95 and it’s easy to taste the quality in the ingredients. The veggie choices are strong too - beautiful haggis. To top it all off, the service is great. I can’t recommend it enough.”

mAnna from heaven

Bill Simpson: “The Manna House Bakery and Patisserie at the top of Easter Road does a fantastic brunch menu with amazing salads, sandwiches, freshly baked breads and cakes all on offer! Great coffee to boot.”