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Dribble's Top Ten Kid-Friendly Brunch Spots in Edinburgh!
Life before kids was very different. Back in the pre-kids era brunch may have had connotations of a late morning, full breakfast after a heavy night on the tiles, or a mid-afternoon boozy brunch with your pals to kick start the day; bottomless of course!
**Warning** now you have kids you may have to swap the glass of mimosa for a sippy cup, but don’t you worry there’s no need to compromise on the food! Dribble has you covered!
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Over here at Dribble we’ve searched high and low (with the help of our fantastic Dribble community obviously!) to find you the best child-friendly brunch spots in and around Edinburgh. And what’s better these top ten family-friendly brunch restaurants have been voted for by parents like you!
Dishoom St Andrew’s Square
First on the list is a potentially unlikely candidate, Dishoom on St Andrew’s Square! Perhaps this Café wouldn’t be the first that comes to mind when considering brunch, however, it’s time to #spiceupyourlife!
Dishoom pays loving homage to the Irani cafés that were once part of the fabric of life in Bombay; offering a quirky twist on brunch with dishes such as, date and banana porridge (kids LOVE it!) or filled naan breads as a lighter option. Or go for ‘The Big Bombay,’ a variation of our well know Scottish fry up with bacon and sausages but, with the addition of akuri (spicy scrambled egg that originated from the Parsi cuisine of India) and masala baked beans for something a little different. You must try the House Chai – spiced, milky-sweet Indian tea, it’s thoroughly addictive, but fortunately, they serve it ‘bottomless’ during the day so you can have as many top-ups as you like!
Dishoom is well equipped for little ones with high chairs, lifts, and a good baby change. Just off George Street it’s also the perfect location for families in December with Edinburgh’s Christmas well underway! There’s ‘Silent Light’ happening along George Street, a silent disco with a synchronised light show (best for ages 5+), the ice rink in St Andrew’s Square and of course the Christmas markets along Princes Street; so plenty to keep kiddies entertained afterwards! Head along, in our opinion, you won’t be disappointed! *Remember EH postcode residents get 20% off rides and activities- even better!
Brunch is served Mon to Fri 08:00-11:45 and from 9am over the weekend. Also no queuing for brunch (Hooray!) Reservations can be made before 5:45pm
Brunch & Supper George IV Bridge
The more obvious choice when strolling around The Royal Mile may be a relatively new restaurant to Edinburgh, Brunch & Supper. This small but mighty restaurant does exactly what it says on the tin, and does brunch pretty darn well too! They have an expansive menu, including lots of options for vegetarians and vegans. Kids are sure to love their milkshakes and smoothies along with a tasty pastry or cake afterwards! For the bigger kids this Christmas period they have launched their new Christmas mulled wine pancakes- #YUM
Brunch & Supper are in poll position to nip round to The National Museum of Scotland for a wander. We’d suggest timing this around their Friday Afternoon of Fun, during this session little professors can participate in science experiments, object handling, interactive games, sensory play and have a museum adventure. So don’t miss this FREE drop-in activity, which is running 7th, 14th & 21st December at 1.30pm.
Next on our list is the infamous Loudons, since Loudons opened up in 2011 they’ve offered a wide range of delicious breakfasts, lunches, all day weekend brunch and homemade cakes with the majority of items on the menu being freshly made in the bakery downstairs. Their aim is to give a better choice for food with a real focus on dishes suitable for those with food allergies and intolerances. Loudon’s signature dish is eggs benedict that they like to call ‘Bennys’, with 14 on the menu there’s plenty of choice, AND they even have a vegan version too!
Loudons is only a 5 minute walk (maybe 10 minutes for little legs) from Fountain park, here you could enjoy endless activities with Gravity trampoline parks, Volcano Falls for a spot of mini golf or try out the movie’s for juniors in the morning at Cineworld from just £2.50 and from £5.50 for family tickets; with animated films where little ones are free to roam and commentate!
EDIT: There is also Loudons at New Waverley too recently opened to investigate!
The Pantry Colinton
Slightly further afield from the city-centre of Edinburgh, The Pantry in Colinton is the perfect watering-hole for families. One of three of The Pantry Group this restaurant offers three bears porridge, waffles, U.S.A. (ubiquitous smashed avocado) and lots of options for eggs any way. At The Pantry there’s no need to worry about entertaining babies and toddlers as they provide a play area with plenty of toys for imagination; including a play kitchen, books and cars to enjoy! If the weather is nice we’d suggest heading to Spylaw park, which is just down the hill, for a walk along the water of Leith or a whizz around the play park!
The Herringbone Goldenacre
By the time everyone is organised to get out of the house it can often be more towards the afternoon than the breakfast time you had planned. The Herringbone cater to this problem as they serve breakfast everyday until 11:45am! You can enjoy some live music during the afternoon at the weekends which is sure to get kids up to dance off their brunch.
If it’s a nice day, why not head over to The Royal Botanic Gardens to have a stroll around and escape the city scene! The Beach House Portobello Another great option to escape the city is to head to the coast! Portobello beach is the perfect spot for brunch and The beach house provides the most delicious food! They have a specific breakfast menu for kids with porridge options, toast and eggs, yummy sweet or savoury pancakes to try too. This rustic beach café is licensed, has homemade ice-cream and *GINORMOUS* cakes to sample. Breakfast served until 11.30am and brunch options available until 1pm.
But the best thing about this café is the sea air that is sure to tire out little ones for a lovely afternoon nap!
Mimi’s Bakehouse Leith
Got a sweet tooth? If so you’re probably acquainted with Mimi’s fabulous cakes, but we would definietly recommend their brunch offerings too. Head down to the Shore in Leith and her you will find the wonderful Mimi’s Bakehouse offering an amazing children’s brunch menu with an abundance of options that will suit any fussy eaters! There are four different types of French toast for kids who are feeling a little fancy or cheesy beans on toast for a staple. Mimi’s provide kids with crayons and paper and you can also watch them baking through the windows into the bakehouse – make sure you leave room to take a tasty treat home!
In Leith you’re only a stone’s throw from Ocean Terminal where Oceanplay is based, a softplay for ages 0- 4+ with plenty of fun to be had with a surf rider and zoopa cannon, or mini supermarket for the mini adults!
The Paper Mill Lasswade
The paper mill is a hidden gem in Lasswade where they serve a wonderful breakfast/ brunch every day from 9am- 12pm, whether it’s a good old bacon bap or a more salubrious dish of crushed avocado and poached egg, all of which is very instragram-able! If you venture towards Lasswade direction there are great places to visit for families, including Edinburgh butterfly & Insect Farm or Dalkeith Country Park, which has Fort Douglas adventure park tucked away inside the luscious green space. Check out their reviews and venue information on the Dribble app #JustDribbleIt
Hemma is a Scandi-style restaurant which is the perfect place for vegan or vegetarian families as they have a host of brunch items on offer to suit everyone’s tastes (including meat and fish lovers too!). Hemma caters for kids by providing a toy box and relaxed seating to get comfy on. Situated close to Arthur’s seat and the expansive Holyrood Park, where there’s a play park and lake with swans and ducks to visit!
Elginhaugh Farm Lasswade
Elginhaugh farm is perfect for fidgety toddlers who don’t like to have a long sit down meal. The buffet breakfast is help yourself with waffles galore! But the great thing about Elginhaugh is their indoor kids zone which is full of fun and games, allowing children to run around and be noisy to their heart’s content.
And that Dribblers is our top ten spots for a child-friendly brunch! All of these cafes and restaurants are available to check out on our Dribble app with venue information, reviews and top tips. So please let us know if you enjoyed your brunch or any other spots you’d recommend!