Designed for late-risers and those recovering from a big night out, brunch has become a weekend ritual for many and can be eaten and enjoyed at virtually any time of day.

Edinburgh has endless (and sometimes overwhelming) options for brunch, but here are the ones we consider to be the very best.

Urban Angel

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With an environmentally conscious ethos, effortlessly cool eatery Urban Angel sources fresh, seasonal produce, making every visit a unique experience. Their all-day brunch menu boasts Arbroath smokies, French toast, oatmeal and breakfast smoothies, along with the option of add-ons like haggis and black pudding.

If you’re prepared to queue for your weekend brunch, you’ll be rewarded with great food and a welcoming, cosy atmosphere.

Visit: 121 Hanover Street, EH2 1DJ

Blue Bear Cafe

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This trendy establishment has lighter options like bagels or omelettes, as well as their hearty signature Big Bear cooked breakfast. If it’s a rare sunny day, be sure to grab a table outside and enjoy an al fresco brunch.

If you’re struggling to decide, you can’t go wrong with Blue Bear’s eggs benedict and cup of coffee. Their cute bear latte art will put a smile on any face.

Visit: 9 Brandon Terrace, EH3 5EA

Treacle

Treacle on Broughton Street is a bar and kitchen serving up an adventurous yet modestly priced menu. The slick finish of the restaurant, with its leather quilted bar and exposed brick walls, has made it a regular haunt for families and young professionals alike.

Their brunch menu includes Belgian waffles and full Scottish breakfasts, as well as less traditional (but perhaps more exciting) Asian inspired dishes. If you’re feeling adventurous, opt for steamed bao buns with pork belly, or banh mi – Vietnamese style sandwiches, served on baguettes. No matter what your particular comfort food is, you’ll find it here.

Visit: 39-41 Broughton Street, EH1 3JU

The Edinburgh Larder

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Despite being in the heart of Edinburgh’s bustling Old Town (otherwise known as tourist central) the Edinburgh Larder is a favourite among locals.

Here, brunch is served until 12pm, and – with a choice of freshly baked scones, artisan rolls, porridge and veggie breakfasts – there’s something to satisfy all tastes. Coffee is provided by local specialists Artisan Roast, or you can try homemade, seasonal cordial for something a little more refreshing.

Visit: 15 Blackfriars Street, EH1 1NB

The Pantry

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If you aren’t a meat eater and you’ve grown tired of the same old veggie alternatives, The Pantry is the brunch destination for you. The light and airy Stockbridge restaurant serves brunch until 3:30pm at the weekend, so an early rise doesn’t have to be on the cards after a wild night out.

Choose from small plates to share, every variation on eggs benedict imaginable or freshly made waffles. For anyone feeling famished, there are also large plates for both vegetarians and meat eaters on offer.

Visit: 1 North West Circus Place, EH3 6ST

Broughton Delicatessen and Cafe

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Hardwood floors, high ceilings and huge windows will provide a bright and airy setting for your brunch experience at this hidden gem.

Located on Barony Street in Edinburgh’s East End, the Broughton Delicatessen and Cafe does a fantastic cooked breakfast, with one of the best tattie scones you’ll ever taste. If you’re looking for something lighter, they have a great selection of egg dishes and a spicy Moroccan flat bread and chickpea platter.

Visit: 7 Barony Street, EH3 6PD

Montpeliers

Beautifully presented, and with plenty of seating both inside and out, Montpeliers in Bruntsfield is a brunch institution in the city, and popular with everyone from students to families.

If you have a sweet tooth, their caramelised banana pancakes with butterscotch sauce and creme fraiche will provide the sugar hit you need. For some slightly more serious eating, go for the aptly named Full Monty, featuring everything from chargrilled chicken and Ayrshire bacon to Scottish minute steak and haggis.

Visit: 159-161 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4DG

Leo’s Beanery

For a touch of the personal, family-run cafe Leo’s Beanery will make you feel right at home, with a tempting daily spread of homemade breads and cakes. It’s the ideal quiet spot to enjoy seasonal flavours and recharge for the day or week ahead.

The Beanery’s bacon and black pudding is sourced locally from Stockbridge (where the cafe is based) and the delicious smell of freshly baked bread fills the space daily. Meals here are simple but wholesome, and will leave you feeling satisfied, such as a smoked salmon, rocket and cream cheese bagel, or Scottish porridge oats with stewed spiced apple.

Visit: 23/4 Howe Street, EH3 6TF

Smoke Stack

Serving brunch from 9am to 4pm at the weekends, Smoke Stack are Edinburgh’s waffle connoisseurs, and their offerings certainly aren’t run of the mill.

The huevos racheros waffles topped with salsa, black beans, monterey jack cheese and a fried egg are a stand out, and go perfectly with a freshly made smoothie.

Situated on bustling Broughton Street, the floor-to-ceiling windows at the front of the restaurant provide great people watching opportunities while you eat.

Visit: 53-55 Broughton Street, EH1 3RJ

MUMS Great Comfort Food

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You guessed it – comfort food is the name of the game at MUMS, which makes for a unique and truly tempting lunch menu.

Before 12pm, diners can munch through stacks of fluffy pancakes, as well as both meaty and vegetarian friendly breakfasts. Later on, look forward to the likes of sausage and mash, pies and stews or gourmet burgers.

It’s a simple, classic menu, but each dish is carefully prepared, and made with love – just like your mum would make it, presumably.

Visit: 4A Forrest Road, EH1 2QN

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