Top 5 breakfast spots in Edinburgh

Classed as the most important meal of the day, you can’t beat a delicious breakfast to kick things off. And with Edinburgh’s wealth of excellent eateries, there are plenty of places to set you up for a day exploring the city.

Edinburgh Larder

Since its launch in 2009, The Edinburgh Larder Cafe has built a solid reputation as being the place to eat seasonal, locally sourced and tasty food. In addition to full breakfast and scrambled eggs with salmon, bacon or sausage, they also serve healthy meals such as homemade granola or porridge with a selection of toppings. Everyone with a sweet tooth will want to try one of their delicious light scones which are served with clotted cream and homemade jam – pretty indulgent for breakfast! Nestled in a quiet street close to St Giles Cathedral just off the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Larder Café is the perfect breakfast place to start your wander around Edinburgh’s Old Town.



Situated in the busy area of Bruntsfield, Falko is a German bakery specialising in premium quality, traditionally made, German Konditorei cakes and gateaux, which are hard to resist. On weekends, Falko’s brunch menu includes a two-course egg Florentine and granola combo, as well as a hearty cold meat-and-cheese platter with a pretzel and croissant. If you get there early enough you might be able to get a slice of the Schwartzwald gateau or the Apfelstrudel, which are – undoubtedly – the best in the city.


Edinburgh’s answer to Scandinavian cuisine, Söderberg is the place to be if you want to start your day more gently. Situated in Edinburgh’s vibrant Quartermile, Söderberg serves everything from Kanelbulle (cinnamon bun), Kardemummabulle (cardamom bun), and breakfast waffles to Smörrebröd and Sourdough brunch pizzas. With its minimalist décor and Scandinavian vibe it’s the perfect place to while away the morning before heading off to see some of Edinburgh’s best tourist spots. And if you decide to take it easy for even longer, you can spend hours sitting outside, wrapped up well with a cup of Artisan Roast in your hand, watching the world go by.

Henri of Edinburgh

Located in the heart of quaint Stockbridge, this authentic French delicatessen is the perfect spot for a relaxed breakfast.  With weekly deliveries straight from the markets of Paris and an unsurpassed offer of cheese and charcuterie all directly imported from small producers in France, Henri’s is a Francophile’s dream. From freshly baked croissants, and pain au chocolats, to smoked salmon and spring onion quiche, this is French breakfast food at its best, all enjoyed with a strong cup of French coffee.

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The Kings Wark

Close to the shore in Leith, The Kings Wark is unashamedly Scottish. The décor of this award-winning 15th century pub is old-school with stone walls, wicker candles and dark woods and reminiscent of a time gone by. Serving traditional Scottish options such as smoked haddock, black pudding, poached egg and tattie scone, The Kings Wark makes brunch for true Scotsmen.

Whether you’re a bacon-obsessed carnivore, a more health-conscious breakfast eater, or a lover of French pastries and German cakes, you’re bound to find a place that gets your sightseeing-packed day in Edinburgh off to a great start.

Douglas Walker is Chair of Unique Venues of Edinburgh.

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