One of the best things about Edinburgh is that it is packed with amazing places to eat, and here are some of my favourite breakfast spots.
|Top row: The Pantry, Heller's Kitchen, Lionness of Leith
Bottom row: Spoon, Roseleaf, Henri of Edinburgh
I almost didn't want to tell you about the Pantry, as it is one of my very favourite weekend breakfast hangouts, and it's always pretty busy (book in advance if you are planning a special trip). The Pantry is nestled in beautiful Stockbridge, all food is seasonal, with the menu changing weekly to make the most of Scotland’s fruitful larder.
On the other side of town, Heller's Kitchen is a fairly fancy wee restaurant that do a seriously impressive brunch. I am a huge fan of their pancakes which come with maple syrup, fruit or bacon. (If you're in the mood for pancakes, but are feeling a little rougher round the edges, the American-style City Cafe does a good job too).
The Lionness of Leith
This derelict-pub-turned-hipster-haven is one of my favourite bars (who also do an amazing Sunday roast), and their breakfast menu is small but perfectly formed. Simple dishes are made from locally sourced ingredients, and served with a relaxed attitude in a super laid back dog-friendly pub. Perfect.
I love Spoon. Sitting somewhere between fine dining food and casual cafe vibes, this is a quirky restaurant that is great for big groups. Menus change daily, but food is guaranteed to be delicious. It's also the spot where the first Harry Potter was written, if you're into that sort of thing!
The Roseleaf is best known for their quirky cocktails and array of hats, but they also have surprisingly good food. My favourite dish is their fancy funghi... assorted wild mushrooms sautéed in a garlic and parsley olive oil, served on toasted homemade bread and topped with a pair of poached hens eggs. Mmm.
Henri of Edinburgh
Sometimes life doesn't just revolve around poached eggs (I know, I know), so if you're looking for slightly different fare, Henri's is a total treat. Half deli, half cafe, this is a treasure trove of charcuterie, and there's nothing nicer than people-watching from their window seats.