Edinburgh / United Kingdom

8 Best Spots for Vegan Breakfast in Edinburgh

Updated November 8, 2023

As we all know, breakfast is the day’s most important meal! But, what if you’re in the land of Haggis and meat pudding (who’s idea was it to take a delightful pudding and muck it up with meat)?

I initially thought that vegan breakfast in Edinburgh would be pretty underwhelming — porridge, toast — good old vegan standbys, but I was wrong! Edinburgh boasts a tempting array of vegan options to kick start your day – waffles, pancakes, and even a vegan Haggis (you really should try it, you won’t be disappointed)!

So, if you’re planning a trip to this Scottish gem, don’t skip the most important meal of the day and check out one (or all) of these delicious vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants for breakfast or brunch.

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Where to Go For Vegan Breakfast or Brunch in Edinburgh

#1 Seeds for The Soul

167 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh EH10 4DG
Breakfast is served every day until noon.
The future is vegan at this little café, and with one bite of their delicious breakfast lineup, you’ll agree too (well, that is if you hadn’t already)! The eclectic café serves breakfast daily, and with one look at these options, you might want to come more than once!  

Their breakfast menu features loads of savory options — Eggs Benny (fried tofu, house-made yolk, and hollandaise sauces, house-made bacon, all on a toasted muffin) or a Brekkie Boss (bagel sandwich stuffed with sausage, bacon, tofu scramble, spinach, and house-made sauce). But if you’re a traditionalist and need something fluffy and sweet, check out their pancake stack (available gluten-free too). 

Credit: Seed for the Soul

#2 Holy Cow Lounge

1 Dundee St, Edinburgh EH3 9FP
Breakfast is served every day, all day.
If you take a gander at the Holy Cow menu online and think that would be a fantastic place for breakfast, you’re right! But only if you go to the correct location (I found this out the hard way, so you don’t have to).

There are two Holy Cow locations. If you’re interested in breakfast, use the above address! After a mad dash through town (I thought breakfast ended at noon; it doesn’t! It is all day), I was finally able to dig into a veganized traditional Scottish breakfast (that’s also gluten-free)!

Their breakfast menu is small but mighty — what more could you really need besides fluffy Biscoff pancakes or my glorious breakfast plate (just look at that photo)?

#3 Stack & Still

53 Rose St, Edinburgh EH2 2NN (temporarily closed as of November 2023)
Breakfast is served every day, all day.
The states have IHOP, and Scotland has Stack & Still, but with one major difference — there are vegan and gluten-free options (and Stack & Still is way better, in my opinion)!

This pancake house is quite trendy — marble bar tops, hanging green vines with little white flowers — it definitely wasn’t the ambiance I was expecting! Aside from the lovely atmosphere, their menu will make all of your pancake dreams come true!

Check out one of their pre-created savory selections like falafel or BBQ-pulled jackfruit stack, but if you prefer the sweeter side of things, you’re in luck. The best option is to create your own stack with their lineup of toppings, including fresh fruits, nuts, granola, peanut butter, chocolate sauce, and many more! 

#4 Plant Bae

220 Easter Rd, Edinburgh EH6 8LE
Breakfast is served every day except Monday (they’re closed).
The cute green storefront with hot pink neon lighting can’t be missed from the street, just in case Google gives you trouble!

The vegetarian menu features breakfast favorites like golden lemon waffles with mouth-puckering lemon curd, house-made baked goods, rotating toasties, and a lunchtime lineup (I promise you’ll want to come back for lunch). Word of warning, be sure to get there early if you have your heart set on something specific, as they sell out!

Credit: Plant Bae

A Few More Vegan Breakfast Spots in Edinburgh

Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it everywhere — it just shows how many great options are sprinkled throughout Edinburgh! Hooray! Here are a few more spots with great vegan breakfast and brunch options. 

#5 Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch

65 Pleasance, Edinburgh EH8 9TG

#6 Chapter One Coffee Shop

107 Dalry Rd, Edinburgh EH11 2DR

#7 Hula Juice Bar & Healthy Eatery

103-105 W Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2JP
94A Fountainbridge, Edinburgh EH3 9QA

#8 Loudons New Waverley

2 Sibbald Walk, Edinburgh EH8 8FT

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About Author

Rebecca is the founder of the vegan travel company Veggies Abroad. In 2021, she bid her 15-year career goodbye and ventured into the world of ethical business with the launch of a vegan travel blog (the one you’re reading!). As the blog flourished, Rebecca expanded her vision to encompass personalized travel planning services and launched Veggies Abroad's inaugural vegan tour to Thailand, marking the beginning of many more eco-conscious, plant-powered adventures to come. Follow her adventures on Instagram or Facebook @veggiesabroad