Student Guide: Top 10 Places For Brunch In Edinburgh!

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Who doesn’t love brunch – a combination of breakfast and lunch, what’s better? As a student living and studying Edinburgh,  you won’t ever be short of a scrumptious brunch experience!

We’ve saved you the hassle and pulled together a list of the 10 best places to have brunch around Edinburgh, which will cover any craving you have.

The best part? They’re all just a short distance away from our amazing Straits Meadow student accommodation!

1. Loudons


94b Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 9QA 

2 Sibbald Walk, Edinburgh, EH8 8FT

Loudons Brunch in Edinburgh

Loudons is one of Edinburgh’s multi-award-winning cafes and is well known as one of the best places for brunch in the capital.

Their mission is to cater to everyone, so whether you are a meat-eater, vegan, dairy, or gluten-free – you will be sure to find something delicious for you to enjoy!

They have a wide variety of stunning brunch options, with an epic 13 types of Bennys – all served on their homemade English muffin with herb salad!

You can enjoy a Loudons experience at either their Fountainbridge or New Waverley cafes, which are both designed to be modern and open plan.

Large glass windows invite you into a space that is light, bright, and airy with a relaxed, calm atmosphere.

This is definitely one to make the top of your list for when lockdown is over!

2. Bross Bagels


Leith Arches, 6 Manderston St,Edinburgh EH6 8LY
165a Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh EH10 4DG
72 Saint Stephen Street, Edinburgh EH3 5AQ
19 Queensferry Street, Edinburgh EH2 4QW
177 Portobello High St, Edinburgh EH15 1EU

Bross Bagels Brunch In Edinburgh

Bross Bagels have some totally scrumptious bagels on offer from their NYC inspired deli menu!

Bringing Montreal style bagels packed with both hot and cold nosh available, you will be sure to find something that will hit the spot.

They have 5 shops spread throughout the city and are an ideal brunch spot if you’re looking to get something on the go – you can find them at Bruntsfield, Portobello, Stockbridge, West End & Leith!

With the current lockdown measures, you are still able to do contactless collection from their stores and they even offer a postal service if you are not able to travel to one of their stores.

3. Urban Angel


121 Hanover St, Edinburgh EH2 1DJ

Urban Angel Brunch In Edinburgh

Situated right in the heart of Edinburgh, Urban Angel sits in a space that’s long been a meeting point for those looking for great food and fantastic coffee, all served in a relaxed atmosphere.

It’s a hotspot for brunch in the city offering classics like Eggs Benedict and French Toast, alongside some of the healthier options of smoothie bowls and fresh juices – it caters to whatever type of brunch mood you are in!

They bake their bread in-house and carefully source their fine ingredients, to ensure that your brunch experience is top tier – definitely add this one to your list for when lockdown is over!

4. Dishoom


3a St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2BD


If you’re looking for something a bit different from your standard brunch, you have to check out Dishoom!

Start your day with a Dishoom breakfast, which might be a Breakfast Naan Roll, a Keriwal, or a Big Bombay – you won’t be disappointed!

As they are not open due to lockdown, they are offering an ‘at-home cookery kit’ for their much loved Bacon Naan Rolls and Vegan Sausage Naan Rolls, and for every one purchased they are donating a meal to Magic Breakfast!

So if you can’t wait until lockdowns over and you’re looking to get a taste of what to expect from their epic breakfasts you should give these a try!

5. Grams


68 Hamilton Pl, Stockbridge, Edinburgh EH3 5AZ


Grams is the pinnacle of healthy food cafes and really puts the focus on catering to everyone’s requirements whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, gluten intolerant, they have something for you!

Since starting in 2015 selling raw, vegan, clean, dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free cakes at markets around the Capital.

The brand amassed a huge following which led to them opening their own cafe which now provides you with all your brunch favourites – from avocado toast to pancakes to smoothie bowls!

Due to lockdown, they are currently running their own ‘Social Distancing Brunch Club’ which offers 20% off, Wednesday – Friday 10am – 2pm.

Make sure to take advantage of this if you are passing and try some of their amazing takeaway options!

6. Toast


65 Shore, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6RA


Toast serves simple yet imaginative food, including dishes like huevos rancheros, shakshuka, and avocado toast with poached eggs.

If you’re looking for something sweet or snacky, you’ll find a selection of irresistible artisan cakes and pastries at their deli counter, with at least 2 choices of gluten-free cake (until it sells out)!

Located in a former art gallery, Toast brings a unique cage destination to The Shore with their large windows that light up the room and provide amazing views overlooking the local swans on the water – the perfect place to fuel up and enjoy your brunch!

If you are out on a walk down by the shore, it’s the ideal spot for a pit stop during lockdown as they are still open for takeaway.

It’s definitely worth visiting when it’s completely open and the warmer months are upon us- sit outside and enjoy the tranquillity of the sunshine and water surrounding you!

7. Blue Bear


9 Brandon Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 5EA

Blue Bear brunch in Edinburgh

Blue Bear Cafe is the ultimate destination for brunch in Edinburgh, they really do pride themselves on cooking up mouth-watering breakfast and brunch dishes to make most palates tingle!

They offer a wide variety of food on their brunch menu with all your usual suspects, but a true favourite is their ‘Build Your Own Bear’ where you get your standard two eggs and toast, and you can add whatever breakfast food you want on top for £1 each!

With an amazing selection of weekend specials and a wide range of gluten-free and vegan options available – this one has to be top of your list for when lockdown is over!

8. Scran Bistro


7 North Bridge, Arcade, Edinburgh EH1 1QL

Scran Bistro

Scran Bistro is a true hidden gem for brunch in Edinburgh and has one of the most attractive Instagram’s that showcases their fantastic creations.

The interior feels like a cross between a bar and a cafe which creates a lovely atmosphere, with great large windows to watch the world go by whilst you enjoy your meal.

Whether you’re after a Scottish breakfast, smashed avocado toast, pancakes or something a bit different like their breakfast wrap – they have something to cater to whatever mood you are in!

They offer some amazing specials that are only available for a short period of time, so you will need to keep an eye on their socials to see what specials they have available.

They are currently operating a takeaway service 7 days a week, 11am – 8pm – so although you can’t enjoy the sit in experience it is well worth swinging by to try some of their quirky creations!

9. Rabble


55A Frederick St, Edinburgh EH2 1LH

Rabble brunch in Edinburgh

If it’s a bottomless lunch you’re looking for, you have to check out Rabble, a super popular spot for brunch in Edinburgh!

Enjoy a selection of continental breakfast items for the table followed by one of their delicious breakfast dishes.

Plus, they include a Festive Frosé cocktail and Prosecco throughout your brunch – all for only £30 per person!

They pride themselves on the quality of their food so you’re guaranteed to enjoy what they have on offer, alongside this the bustling environment in the beautiful restaurants makes the whole experience an enjoyable one.

Make sure to check this place out when it opens again after lockdown!

10. Hula


94A Fountainbridge, Edinburgh EH3 9QA

103-105 W Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2JP


Hula started off in Edinburgh as a juice bar but has now turned into so much more.

They aim to be an “island in the city” where you can come and relax while enjoying amazing food and drinks that nourish your body at the same time!

They pride themselves on standing by their community and source all their food locally – including the coffee which is roasted here in Edinburgh.

On their tasty menu, there really is something for everyone! That has been their vision from the beginning – whatever your dietary requirements there is something delicious here for you!

They are currently offering a takeaway service from their cafe at Fountainpark – get involved and try some of the yummy things they have to offer!

And there you have it! Our top picks for brunch in Edinburgh, we hope you’re feeling hungry! If you’re a student studying in Edinburgh and you’re after a takeaway, check out our latest blog here for the best spots.