Where to get breakfast, lunch and dinner in Scotland’s capital pre- or post-race if you’re running or cheering at any race during Edinburgh’s Running Festival this weekend!
On Saturday morning pre-race or for a lazier bank holiday Monday treat, here are my favourite places to enjoy our first meal of the day –
For a twist on the traditional Scottish favourite porridge try Brochan in Marchmont, just a short walk from the Meadows. They have lots of exciting flavour combinations to try like the pear crumble porridge – ginger poached pear, dark chocolate nibs, spelt nut crumble, cacao nibs and fresh pear!
For a heartier breakfast try The Pantry in Stockbridge for incredible Egg Benedict and waffles or simply pick up a bagel and coffee to go from The Bearded Baker (they also do vegan cinnamon buns and fresh doughnuts!)
For a light bite tiptoe down to the basement of Leo’s Beanery off Queen St where you can choose a cup of their homemade soup and sandwich or enjoy their daily special quiche. Other favourite spots in the city are Edinburgh Larder, just a stone’s throw from the Royal Mile, and if the sun is shining and you fancy grabbing a slice of pizza or two to sit outside and enjoy head to Civerinos Slice, just don’t go away without trying their polenta fries!
A day without cake?! Wasted. If you’re visiting Edinburgh you simply must stop for a coffee/cuppa and enjoy a slice of cake or two, it would be rude not to. My absolute favourites (and now with vegan/gf options that make me very happy!) are Cuckoo’s Bakery, Manna House and Considerit.
If you can squeeze anything else in then I urge you to stop for supper and enjoy these fabulous favourites –
The Roseleaf, Leith – a cosy bar in Leith complete with board games to keep you entertained over dinner. Vegans – try their chilli con carne!
Sabouteur – for incredible Vietnamese dishes at very reasonable prices, sister restaurant to Ting Thai Caravan, is also a winner.
Kalpna – my Mum and Dad used to enjoy curries here when they were students, so that says something about the authentic Punjabi and South Indian vegetarian (and vegan) cooking.
Let me know if you’re in the city this weekend and enjoy any of these amazing cafes, coffee shops or restaurants. I would love to hear your recommendations too!