Breakfast | The Edinburgh Larder
This was recommended by our Air BNB hosts, and was handily right around the corner from us in the old town. We were lucky enough to bag the last seats in the place, though I do warn you – they have gone for the cosy feeling placing the tables a little haphazardly but it adds to the feel of the place. My scrambled eggs here were good, and another place that looks good for a coffee and cake!
Hot Chocolate & Cake | Lovecrumbs
You could call this a hidden gem, because we couldn’t find it. In fact, we actually walked past this place with steamed up windows and a subtle sign outside. But walk inside, and you’ll be greeted with this incredible cake stand (be warned: your camera will steam up it’s so cosy). This was an amazing thick hot chocolate, and the mix and match wooden tables – you can even sit in the window! – really added the the cosy, home like atmosphere here. I could have worked my way through the cakes if we didn’t have so much exploring to do, but I will definitely be back.
Dinner | Civerinos
I found this recommendation on whatoliviadid.com, one of my favourites, and figured it was a good stop before we went out later in the evening for cocktails. Though a little squished (more as the benches are hard to get in and out of than being sat too close to other people), we sat on the large shared table in the middle and ordered a pizza for two, and fries which was plenty and so good! These mini doughnuts with a side of nutella for dipping pretty much finished me off, but they were so worth it! There’s also a nutella calzone which the couple next to us shared – you will definitely want to share it! – but it looked amazing.
Dinner | Burgers & Beers
Burgers & Beers was our first stop after arriving in Edinburgh and it was a great introduction. Although perhaps a little on the pricey side, they more than made up for it in amount! The sweet potato fries were perfectly crispy (something that seems to be rare in London), and the burger was something a little different but so tasty. So much so we had no room for dessert, so rolled down the hill to our air bnb afterwards.
Places for next time:
Mimi’s Bakehouse (cupcakes & french toast)
Spoon (breakfast or lunch)
Scran & Scallie (a good pub lunch or dinner)
Mary’s Milk Bar (hot chocolate floats – why oh why were you closed!)
Wellington Coffee (hot chocolate)
Cuckoo’s Bakery (cupcakes & hot chocolate)
I hope this gives you a few ideas if you’re out and about in Edinburgh. I can’t wait to go again and finish my list! You might have noticed we missed lunch – but thinking back it seems we survived off cake and hot chocolates! When in Rome…