Brunching like a local in Edinburgh

Visiting Edinburgh for the first time? Live like a local and visit best places for brunch. You’ll need more than one weekend in Edinburgh to tick all spots off your list, so start planning your next weekend away. 

The Pantry

Think cosy, weekend vibes, tartan cushions on wooden benches, and walls adorned with kitsch prints. The brunch menu is quirky yet totally satisfying, and The Pantry is always packed with Stockbridge locals. Try the LA Eggs – chunky toast, smashed avocado, roasted pepper pico de gallo and a poached free range hens.


Famous for The Fully Monty, ‘the biggest brunch in Bruntsfield’, Montpeliers is an Edinburgh institution and has been feeding the fine people of Bruntsfield with hearty breakfasts for years. The Eggs Benedict are a sure-fire bet, but the banana pancakes are every bit as delicious.


If you’re staying in town, Gusto is a great place to head for a boozy brunch. Not perhaps your classic brunch cafe spot, it still has all the breakfast flavours you’d expect to find on the menu. It’s a great option for when the smaller cafes are mobbed. Make sure you try the waffles, and take a look at their seasonal brunch cocktails.

The Voyage of Buck

Tucked away on William Street, in Edinburgh’s West End, The Voyage of Buck is the latest place from the team behind Treacle, Hamiltons and The Blackbird. True to style, the bar has quirky interiors, which, coupled with the menu help to tell the story of Buck, the explorer. It’s every bit as good as it’s sister properties, and is a serious contender when it comes to brunch.

Badger & Co

You’ll find Badger & Co on Castle Street, in childhood home of Kenneth Grahame, the author of the children’s classic ‘The Wind in the Willows’. Gaining a strong reputation for excellent cocktails, this newish bar is every bit as suitable for a mid-morning brunch date. The front drawing-room is light and airy, with comfy Chesterfield sofas and armchairs by the window – perfect for people watching and reading the weekend papers. Try ‘The Full Set’ – a delicious fry-up using local, great quality ingredients and even homemade baked beans.

Urban Angel

With two cafes in Edinburgh, the Hanover Street Urban Angel is a favourite amongst Edinburgh locals. The lay-out is cosy and the cafe has a country kitchen feel, but brunch menu screams urban living. Classics such as eggs any way feature, and you’ll also find a few different options such as avocado and ricotta on granary bread, and trendy acai smoothie bowls.

Leo’s Beanery

Leo’s Beanery is a family run cafe at the bottom of Howe Street in Edinburgh’s New Town. If the sun is shining there are a few seats outside. If not, don’t be fooled by the size of the first room, the cafe has a corridor and a back room with more sharing tables. Try the avocado rice roll, and follow it up with a chocolate brownie – they are some of the best Edinburgh has to offer. Be a true local and grab it to go.

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