7 of the best places in Edinburgh for pancakes

Here are our pick of the best spots for pancakes in Edinburgh - ideal for celebrating pancake day this year.

Published 24th Feb 2020
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

From city centre hidden gems to popular bakeries, here is our pick of the best places in Edinburgh for pancakes.

City Cafe 

(19 Blair St, EH1 1QR)


Picture: City Cafe Facebook

The City Cafe is a hidden gem just off the Royal Mile for any pancake fans in the Edinburgh area.

The diner by day, bar by night serves up vanilla pancakes throughout the day, with optional toppings including fruit and Nutella or savoury choices such as bacon.

Loudon's Cafe

( 94b Fountainbridge, EH3 9QA)


Picture: Loundons


Loudons Cafe take their pancakes very seriously.

The Fountainbridge eatery serves up a variety of savoury and sweet stacks of pancakes to delighted customers.

The superfood pancakes composed of gluten and dairy free pancakes garlic, ginger and chilli layered with tomato, dill and haricot bean hummus topped with black bean salsa, mixed herbs and herb oil, are particularly enjoyable.


(101 Hanover Street, EH2 1DJ)


This Hanover Street cafe is famed for its delicious stacks of fluffy pancakes draped in all manner of toppings.

Their buttermilk vanilla pancakes with syrup and bacon are particularly popular, though if you fancy a sweet option the strawberries and cream pancakes are delicious.

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Coro the Chocolate Cafe

(13 Frederick Street, EH2 2EY)


Those with a sweet tooth will never want to leave this Frederick Street eatery.

Coro specialise in chocolate laden desserts, including several pancake dishes. The melted chocolate and strawberry pancakes are the ideal treat for Pancake Day.


(Green Police Box, Lauriston Place, EH3 9AU)


Picture: Tupiniquim:

From their green police box, the vendors of Tupiniquim dish up brazilian crepes, stuffed with a variety of savoury and sweet fillings.

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The butternut squash, sweet potato, spinach, tomato and pistachio crepe is a great lunch option, while the cranachan pancake makes for an excellent dessert.

All of the crepes served at Tupiniquim are gluten-free.

Seeds for the Soul

(167 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4DG)


The cafe is the brainchild of food blogger Roberta Norman, who believes that veganism is the healthiest way of life for people and planet.

Pancake lovers can look forward to creations with toppings such as fruit compote and maple syrup - or if you're looking for something savoury then try the spinach, vegan bacon, mushrooms, peppers, rocket and vegan mayonnaise pancakes.

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Bluebird Cafe

(5 Canonmills, EH3 5HA)

Picture: Bluebird Cafe Facebook

Bluebird Cafe brings a slice of America to the Capital, and its pancake offering is no different.

Diners can tuck into Tennessee buttermilk pancakes topped with maple and bacon, blueberry and fruit or bacon and poached eggs.

The venue also hosts live music - country, in keeping with the theme - and the food is all good Southern fare, the bourbon brownie comes highly recommended.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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