Start the day right with a belly-busting vegan breakfast in Edinburgh. Whether you’re looking for something comforting like a warming bowl of porridge, a tempting tower of pancakes, or the vegan answer to the traditional full Scottish fry-up, there are lots of options for you to choose from. Take a look at the list below to discover some of our favourite vegan brunch spots in the city…
24 Marchmont Crescent, Edinburgh EH9 1HG
If you find yourself confronted with a freezing cold morning (and let’s face it, we’re in Edinburgh, we get our fair share of them), then a bowl of delicious comforting porridge from Brochan is just the antidote. This cute little café in Marchmont has cosiness down to an art, and you’ll be tempted to spend forever savouring your warming bowl of vegan oats.
Porridge not your thing? No problem. Most of Brochan’s menu is vegan by default, so treat yourself to smashed avocado on toast, a bowl of their moreish granola or keep it simple with a smoothie.
The Herbivore Kitchen
65 Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9JQ
Nothing screams brunch like a towering plate of pancakes, and The Herbivore Kitchen have these bad boys absolutely nailed. The toppings and flavours change seasonally, but try and get some topped with Sgaia’s vegan bacon and maple syrup. Absolutely glorious!
The Caffeine Drip
10 Melville Place, Edinburgh, EH3 7PR
This South African café in the West End boasts a brilliant vegan breakfast menu. Build your own dish with tofu or chickpea scramble, fresh bread and extras such as vegan haggis, fried mushrooms or Sgaia’s streaky “bacon”.
As the name suggests, they do a mean cup of coffee too and if you head along later in the day, they make some of the finest vegan burgers you’ll find in the city.
16 Grassmarket, Edinburgh EH1 2HS
If you want to start the day with something a little healthier, then look no further than Pumpkin Brown. They have a menu full of treats perfect for brunch, all of which are free of dairy, refined sugar and gluten. Their sweet chia pots are tasty and full of energy, perfect for setting you up for a day exploring Edinburgh.
94b Fountainbridge, Edinburgh EH3 9QA
Loudons has a fantastic reputation for breakfast with Edinburgh omnivores – so it’s great to see that they do some vegan options too. You can indulge in some of their delicious vegan and gluten-free pancakes (pictured above) or ask to modify the full veggie breakfast to a vegan option.
If you’re going on a weekend though, better get there early. It’s not uncommon to see a queue snaking out the door come Sunday brunch time.
Hula Juice Bar
103-105 West Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2JP
Just around the corner from Pumpkin Brown you’ll find another nutritious brunch haunt – Hula Juice Bar. One of their delicious juices or smoothies is bound to set you up for the day, paired with one of their vegan breakfast options including porridge, acai bowls or sourdough toast. Yum!
Hendersons of Edinburgh
Hendersons is one of the biggest names in Edinburgh for veggie grub, so it’s inevitable that they do a great vegan breakfast as well. Options include tasty pancakes, a full Scottish vegan breakfast or tofu florentine (pictured above).
They have several locations across the Old Town, Hanover Street and a vegan restaurant which are all open for breakfast service – so get stuck in!
bbl (breakfast, brunch and lunch)
65 Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9RU
Last, but absolutely not least! At first look you might dismiss bbl as yet another greasy spoon, but nothing could be further from the truth. This wee café has a great range of vegan options, including a full Scottish vegan breakfast (pictured above), link sausages and lorne sausage rolls, which are made fresh on site to bbl’s very own special recipe.
You won’t find a good ol’ vegan brunch like this anywhere else in Edinburgh, and the prices are super reasonable too. Well worth a visit.
Vegan breakfast in Edinburgh: Map