Bruntsfield is the perfect area to spend a lazy weekend morning wandering around the litte shops and boutiques and spending time with loved ones. The area is also bursting with brilliant little cafes and bistros just waiting to be discovered! Tap into a bit of our insider knowledge as we share our favourite places for brunch, all within five minutes walk of Merchiston Residence!
Relatively new to Bruntsfield’s bustling cafe and bar scene, Salt Cafe has quickly asserted a reputation as one of the top spots for a relaxing dining experience throughout the day. The exposed rock and faded paint exterior creates an effortlessly casual feel that is mimicked inside by the stripped back walls and dim lighting. With the skill and precision of a competent chef the carefully prepared cuisine is antithetical to the casualness of the cafe with deliberate and delectable flavours.
This quaint patisserie-cafe located on Bruntsfield Place provides the most authentic French cuisine served with genuine French personality. Baked fresh everyday with locally-sourced ingredients La Barantine’s dejeuner pays homage to the delicious cooking traditions of our French neighbours producing cuisine rivalling that of cafes across the Channel. With lunch starting as low as £4.20 for La soupe du jour & son pain, it is hard to resist.
Another popular option among Bruntsfield’s local population is Rocket Cafe; the small, independent cafe perhaps holds the title of the most inclusive breakfast and lunch menu offering an extensive choice even for our vegetarian and vegan companions. The competent staff, who efficiently carry out their duties despite the invariably busy cafe, do not hold back with fillings ensuring that every meal will certainly satisfy your hunger.
Opened in 2015, 181 is the newest addition to Bruntsfield’s local haunts and can perhaps claim a spot as a new favourite. Not only offering a tasty selection for both breakfast and lunch, this is also the place for coffee lovers with imported Malabar coffee beans offering a taste of India. With such flavours it is no wonder the deli allows you to buy their specialist cooked meats and cheeses to take home and enjoy later.
Opposite La Barantine and neighbouring 181 sits their German counterpart, Falko, yet another establishment helping cement Bruntsfield’s place as the artisan cafe centre of Scotland’s capital. Using traditional German cooking techniques this konditorei and kaffeehaus produces the most exquisite coffee, cakes and sourdough bread as well as a delightful brunch. Contending with its French companion across the way, Falko tempts passers-by with its reasonable prices; £5.20 for Swiss Toast with Bavarian ham and Highland Gouda béchamel on toasted Falko sourdough Bread.
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