Here at Taste Magazine, we love to talk about all things food and drink. Since the most important meal of the day is breakfast, we cannot wait to share all ideas related to #BetterBreakfastMonth.
Supporting local businesses is one of the best ways to boost the local economy as we slowly recover from the pandemic. That is why we have collated the two and brought you a list of 30 days’ worth of the best breakfast and brunch spots from around Scotland.
Choose your breakfast carefully!
Day #1: Scran - Glasgow
The best place to start your day with a hearty breakfast in Glasgow which will leave you full and satisfied. Choose from a variety of poached eggs, Nonna’s fries or filled brioche buns, this trendy breakfast spot will ensure you return again and again.
594 Alexandra Parade, Glasgow, G31 3BS
Day #2: Mimi’s Bakehouse - Edinburgh
Mimi’s Bakehouse is the perfect place for a sweet treat. Every day they create new cakes which are heavenly in flavour and have the added bonus of being aesthetically pleasing. They also offer savoury dishes such as Eggs Benedict and French toast – just be sure to grab a slice of cake for brunch.
63 Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6RA
Day #3: Fjara Café Bar – Shetland Isles
A picturesque location with calming views for the early morning, they offer excellent coffee from a blend of Brazillian and El Salvador to start your day with that much needed shot of caffeine. Start your day with a pancake stack or a traditional breakfast available small or large.
Sea Road, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0ZJ
Day #4: Sand Dollar Café - Aberdeen
A true breakfast fanatic will adore tasting the delights within this café which sits next to the coast. A calm, refreshing atmosphere for the early morning next to the sea, you can enjoy a Grilled Portsoy Kipper or an Eggs Florentine. The Sand Dollar Breakfast is a triple stack pancake with bacon and maple syrup. Not one to be missed!
2 Beach Esplanade, Aberdeen, AB24 5NS
Day #5: The Wilson Street Pantry - Glasgow
Sitting in the heart of the city, this fantastic spot is always ready to serve fresh, delicious breakfast and brunch all day, every day. You can bring a big group (restrictions permitting) or go for a quiet spot to enjoy their specially blended coffee. They offer a special every weekend so be sure to check their Instagram for updates.
6 Wilson Street, Glasgow, G1 1SS
Day #6: Em’s Kitchen - Edinburgh
Located near the city centre, Em’s Kitchen is unbelievably aesthetically pleasing, just to look at their Instagram! Their food is as good as it looks though and your day will start fantastically with a classic Scottish breakfast or their pancakes which come with different toppings of berries or bacon.
38 St. Mary’s Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SX
Day #7: Wobbly Dog of Lewis – Isle of Lewis
A beautiful, quaint little family run café (and shop with locally made Scottish products!), they offer cakes, bacon rolls and excellent scones which is a fantastic pick-me-up for the morning. You will surely be greeted by happy faces in the morning as this is a dog-friendly café.
11 Lional, Isle of Lewis, HS2 2DH
Day #8: Café Artysans - Inverness
This little northern café is a social enterprise and as such offer great support to young people. Sustainability is also important and you will find a list of local and Highland suppliers on their website - you will be elated in the morning with Scottish porridge or home-made baked beans.
7 Strothers Lane, Inverness, IV1 1LR
Day #9: Riverhill – Glasgow
With coffee ground to order and a delicious range of rolls, bagels and toast, your morning is off to a great start. Sitting right in the heart of Glasgow city, this is the best place to grab a bite as you head into work.
24 Gordon Street, Glasgow, G1 3PU
Day #10: The Edinburgh Larder - Edinburgh
A renowned spot for a full, scrumptious breakfast, this café uses local, seasonal produce to produce a range of options ideal for anyone’s morning. Their Hash with smoked salmon and spring onions is a particular highlight and a morning dish you will not find elsewhere.
15 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1NB
Day #11: Café Arriba – Isle of Skye
This warm and inviting café in the harbour of Portree welcomes everyone including your four-legged friends. Although their menu changes daily to reflect seasons and ingredients, their breakfast is served all day and they offer a variety of dishes including pancakes or a classic Scottish breakfast. Start your day with a cheerful, beautifully prepared breakfast.
Gladstone Buildings Quay Brae, Portree, Isle of Skye, IV51 9DB
Day #12: AVO - Aberdeen
You cannot beat this brunch spot in Aberdeen which has cleverly used the avocado as its centrepiece to bring a variety of avocado toast options to the table – you can even build your own! Perhaps try something new like a Belgian waffle with avocado.
Flat 10-12 172 Market Street, Aberdeen, AB11 5PP
Day #13: Rawlings – Love To Eat - Glasgow
As a family run bistro with a dedication to serving the best of local produce, they offer brunch items perfect for a late wake-up on a weekend. Try their while truffle macaroni and cheddar cheese or vanilla and cinnamon French toast with maple syrup and berries.
583 Mosspark Boulevard, Glasgow, G52 1SB
Day #14: Salt Café - Edinburgh
By using local artisan producers, this place ensures a beautifully crafted brunch. Enjoy a magic mojito fritters or a butchers breakfast from their savoury menu. Or perhaps french toast made with house-made brioche or buttermilk pancakes from their sweet menu. They also offer a selection of small plates to suit your morning needs.
54-56 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4BZ
Day #15: Kilbride Café – South Uist
Don’t let this humble abode fool you: their food from their rolls and paninis to coffee and tea is of high quality and matched with an excellent price. Their quaint café sits next to the sea so you can truly soak in a calm, invigorating atmosphere which is the perfect way to start your day.
9 West Kilbride, South Uist, HS8 5TT
Day #16: Hinterland - Perth
With their own roasted coffee - which is a blend of two Arabica beans - this is an excellent, cosy spot to relax before the hectic workday begins. You can grab a gluten free roll or a classic white with a filling of your choice or a porridge bowl with different toppings.
10 St. Johns Place, Perth, PH1 5SZ
Day #17: Partick Duck Club - Glasgow
This hot spot presents quality, comfort food with a fine dining twist. They offer avocado and egg on sourdough with extra different toppings – you can enjoy crab, nduja or dukkah. The owners know everyone loves a balanced breakfast and offer a range of extras such as mushrooms, salmon or duck fat fries.
27 Hyndland Street, Glasgow, G11 5FQ
Day #18: The Bluebird Café - Edinburgh
With a southern hospitality, this sweet spot offers all sorts of different delights for breakfast such as a cheese scone with BBQ pulled pork. They are renowned for their incredible buttermilk pancakes inspired by different states of America which will ensure you start the morning right.
5 Canonmills, Edinburgh, EH3 5HA
Day #19: Cafelolz – Orkney Islands
This family-owned hotspot is a quintessential café located in the heart of Kirkwall. You will find the best atmosphere with warm, attentive staff for a morning coffee and, of course, muffins, scones and cakes to start your day. Freshly baked every day, this is the place to relax before the hectic day begins.
The Strynd, Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, KW15 1HG
Day #20: Pacamara Food and Drink - Dundee
After serving coffee through a converted hatch through lockdown, the team have been serving on plates all summer, delighting in welcoming back customers. This quaint spot offers a small yet enticingly delicious menu; from Bubble & Squeak Benny to Waffles, Eggs ‘n Bacon, you will find everything you need for a well balanced breakfast.
302 Perth Road, Dundee, DD2 1AU
Day #21: Café Strange Brew - Glasgow
A cosy, beautiful café with a breakfast menu to beat, this place has it all: good coffee (a must), freshly baked cakes and pastries (a delight) and an exquisite, mouth-watering menu complete with pancake stacks, eggs on toast and a specials board which changes to offer the best of the chefs.
1082 Pollockshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 3XA
Day #22: Urban Angel - Edinburgh
With an all day brunch available, you can wake up anytime to enjoy their carefully sourced ingredients freshly cooked. They have a beautiful range of eggs benedict with chorizo or haddock or if you want something sweet, they have a nice selection of brioche French toast.
121 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DJ
Day #23: Sheila Fleet – Orkney Islands
The Gallery serves as an aesthetic charm with all of Sheila’s jewellery on display. However, this café is divine; using local produce to its best advantage, you can try the Bere Benedict or the Bere Royale as you soak in the beautiful surroundings through the high windows.
Sheila Fleet Jewellery, Kirkwall, Tankerness, Orkney Islands, KW17 2QT
Day #24: Comfort Foods - Inverness
Sitting in the heart of Inverness, this fantastic little family run café and deli offers the best value for money with big portions and perfectly cooked eggs. Enjoy a hearty breakfast before you pick up some of the local produce from the cheese counter or freshly baked cakes.
22 Church Street, Inverness, IV1 1EB
Day #25: E-Street Café - Glasgow
Named as the ‘Best of the Best’ brunch spots on Tripadvisor, you have to make this your go to this weekend. You won’t know what to choose between a Southside Johnny, a Caul on Me or the Greatest Hits which features all things egg. Their devotion to giving you the best breakfast is of the highest order.
421 Clarkston Road, Glasgow, G44 3LL
Day #26: Café Marmalade - Edinburgh
Sitting amongst the hustle and bustle of Leith, this café offers all the heavenly classics you could want. They also have a vegan version of the big breakfast and an assortment of rolls if you must dash off to work. Be sure to try a bite of the sweet treats they have on offer.
23 Bernard Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6PW
Day #27: The Dowry – Shetland Isles
A perfect spot for brunch as a nice group outing. The Dowry does not offer traditional breakfast options which allows more people to enjoy a greater variety of different dishes. Enjoy Potted Shetland Crab, or Korean Cauliflower Buffalo Wings or perhaps Smoky Arancini Balls.
98 Commercial Street, Lewick, Shetland, ZE1 0EX
Day #28: Café Aina - Stirling
Although this place specialises in Greek food, their breakfast menu is also divine and allows for a hearty meal with big portions before you visit Stirling Castle or head into work. Enjoy a falafel roll or perhaps a Souvlaki breakfast; vegan options are also available so there is something for everyone.
34-36 King Street, Stirling, FK8 1AY
Day #29: Tani Modi - Edinburgh
Sitting right in the heart of Edinburgh, Tani Modi offers a wonderfully sumptuous range of breakfasts to start your day: choose from the Scotsman with black pudding and haggis or a bagel if you want something light. Just know their pancakes are utterly delicious and they cook all their fruit purées in house.
103 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DJ
Day #30: Stravaigin - Glasgow
For those looking to try something new for their brunch, this is the place to go and with a Michelin star, everything will be of the highest quality. You can try Szechuan bacon and eggs or for those who fancy a different brunch option, try their Khao soi gai. You can also add extras to any option including their famous haggis which is made in house.
28 Gibson Street, Glasgow, G12 8NX
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