BEST GLUTEN FREE BREAKFASTS
It is sometimes a great treat to go out for breakfast, but the gluten free eater can be short changed because of lack of choice. These places in Edinburgh will serve you well:
With their homemade gluten free bread, breakfast is a great experience here. Scrambled eggs on toast, bacon, the full works, eggs benedict. Opens 8am. Review
EH3 9QA – www.loudons-cafe.co.uk
0131 228 9774
Leo’s has a good selection of cakes and does a great range of gluten free breakfasts. They have bagels, breakfast eggs and even gluten free granola with greek yoghurt and fruit compote. Try a smoked salmon bagel or poached eggs and bacon on gluten free toast. The service is really friendly and the coffee is made beautifully. Opens 8.30am. Here is my review
23A Howe Street
EH3 6TF – www.leosbeanery.co.uk
0131 556 8403
As the gluten free bread comes from the terrific Archipelago Bakery, you know this is going to be a good breakfast. Poached eggs, smoked mackerel with kale, Arbroath smokies (a bit like a kipper, but more northern). Opens 9am, so it is billed as an All Day Brunch, which is really popular!
121 Hanover St EH2 1DJ
0131 225 6215 – www.urban-angel.co.uk
Hula Juice Bar
In the Grassmarket, Hula Juice Bar has a lovely relaxed vibe about it, with some super healthy smoothies. Gluten free Granola with yoghurt and fruit is a brilliant way to kick start your sightseeing and really fills you up – love it. Opens 8am. Review
103-105 West BowEH1 2JP – www.hulajuicebar.co.uk
The Huxley – Rutland Hotel
The hotel-based restaurant has just launched a “Nae Gluten” menu – and it is a whole, proper menu! The list of breakfasts on offer is seriously impressive. Smashed avocado, kippers, eggs benedict and a full Scottish – all gluten free. This is a great breakfast spot! Opens 8am.
1 Rutland Street, – EH1 2AE – 0131 229 3402 www.thehuxley.co.uk
The Edinburgh Larder
A lovely café for breakfast, but also lunch, the Edinburgh Larder does a good hearty breakfast with healthy options. They also have gluten free options, so you are in good company here. Opens 7 am (during festivals)
15 Blackfriars Street EH1 1NB – www.edinburghlarder.co.uk
0131 556 6922
Also has a bistro at 1A Alva Street
Pick up a chia seed pot or bowl of gluten free porridge – all delicious and largely vegan too. Opens 9am.
16 Grassmarket EH1 2HS
The Pret chain is upping its gluten free labelling, which is great. The breakfast options such as muesili and bowls of yoghurt and granola, are marked as GF. Some open 7am, others 8am
Hanover Street, Castle Street, Shandwick Place, North Bridge
This stylish chain has just opened in Edinburgh. They have a gluten free breakfast menu which includes a light option of yoghurt, fruit and toast, smoked salmon and scrambled egg on GF toast, or you can go the whole hog and have a full breakfast. Opens 8am during the week, 9 am at weekends.
51 Frederick Street, EH2 1LH
Union of Genius – Forrest Road – NEW gluten free granola now served. Opens 8.30am
Hendersons – Hanover Street – well established relaxed dining, good for vegan. opens 8 am
BBL – 65 Pleasance (opp Pleasance Courtyard) – great takeaway place, serves its own gluten free sausages
Caffeine Drip – opens at 7.30 am during the week! Good gluten free options, see under New Town Cafes and a review here