The Best Places for Scottish Breakfast in Edinburgh

Square sausage and haggis are morning delicacies in Scotland
Square sausage and haggis are morning delicacies in Scotland | © Radharc Images / Alamy Stock Photo
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10 August 2020

Travellers are introduced to a whole new breakfast vernacular in Scotland. Butteries, tattie scones, square sausage and haggis are national morning delicacies. Edinburgh’s hipster eateries and cafes provide plenty of vegan and gluten-free alternatives, with regional organic and climate-friendly products featuring heavily on breakfast menus.

The city promises scrumptious feasts for a range of budgets and tastes. Speedy refuels, hearty fry ups and leisurely boozy brunches are all part of the Auld Reekie epicurean experience. It’s the most important meal of the day, so make it memorable. Here are the top places to enjoy authentic Scottish breakfasts across the capital.

Tuck into a fry-up at The Pantry

Cafe, Restaurant, British, $$$
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The Pantry exploded onto Edinburgh’s culinary scene in 2012
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Grab a great-value fresh morning roll, or splurge on a pricier Pantry Fry for a loaded plate with nine of the finest artisan breakfast items. The Pantry is found in a grand part of the city, where the New Town meets Stockbridge, but it’s trendy-casual with an upbeat atmosphere. Owned by egg enthusiasts Charlotte and Chris Thompson, it has a row of outdoor tables that catch the sun and a family-friendly section indoors. Close relationships with nearby farms and producers ensure the freshest finest fare.

Try the full Scottish breakfast at Word of Mouth Cafe

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Coffee
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With an unassuming frontage just off the buzzing Leith Walk, Word of Mouth Cafe is a locally renowned gem. This hip, urban neighbourhood cafe serves great value, tasty food in understated style. There’s an earthy steampunk vibe, with funky tunes, friendly staff and an animated ambience. Seating is limited in the compact venue, with a few pavement tables in addition to the indoor ones. A substantial full Scottish is affordable and served all day long.

Have a boozy brunch at Teuchters Landing

Pub, Bar, British, $$$
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Exterior of Teuchter's Landing
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This converted waterside warehouse in Leith has a cosy, traditional feel and a large al fresco terrace. ‘Teuchter’ is a wry word used to describe a Highlander and gives a clue to the uber-Scottish theme at this local chain. Try Aberdeen butteries (Scotland’s answer to the croissant) with Newhaven smoked salmon, David Stoddart’s organic eggs, Stornoway black pudding and Ayrshire bacon. Or opt for a bowl of house kedgeree risotto washed down with a fiery Bloody Scotsman made with Sheepdip Whisky.

Order a vegan brekkie at BBL

Cafe, Coffee Shop, Vegetarian
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BBL, as it’s more commonly known, is a modern cafe on The Pleasance – an area that’s a hive of Fringe Festival activity in August and student land for the rest of the year. The decade-old eatery serves great-value Scottish rolls and fry-ups complete with haggis, Lorne (square) sausage and tattie scones. The cafe’s owner, Mandy White, launched signature vegan versions of these national specialities which have proved immensely popular.

Sample gluten-free baking at Loudons

Cafe, British, $$$
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View of new branch of Loudons restaurant and cafe in New Waverley mixed residential and commercial property development in Edinburgh Old Town, Scotlan
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From casual business meetings to mum-meetups and dates, this large and airy eco-friendly eatery in Fountainbridge is a popular place. The decor is minimalist and Scandi style, with orders taken at a counter displaying a range of tempting fresh-baked goods. Choose a full carnivorous or veggie cooked breakfast with gluten-free bread and potato scones made in-house, traditional porridge, or a hot roll (the latter option coming in at under a fiver). Breakfast is served all day along with an array of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Swap pudding for porridge at Brochan

Cafe, Healthy
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Take the healthy route and indulge in another Scots’ breakfast staple, porridge. Brochan is a contemporary hand-rolled oats and grains cafe in the hip young neighbourhood of Marchmont, just a short stroll from the centre. Refined sugar is off the menu, but porridge bowls are made using ingredients such as high-quality honey, cacao, coconut cream, nut butter, creme fraiche and bee pollen – with flavours like sweet banoffee, pear crumble and lemon meringue pie. Porridge and grain bowls cost between £5 and £8.

These recommendations were updated on August 10, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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