Just down the road from Leith, towards town on the lovely Brandon Terrace (Canonmills) sits The Blue Bear.
Any independent cafe in Edinburgh that serves exclusively breakfast and lunch until 3pm every day is A-OK with us. As well as that, their ever-popular waffles had been giving us a serious case of food envy for far too long, so we popped along to see what they’re all about.
cappuccino x 2
fresh orange juice x 2
As always we started off with a coffee and fresh orange juice. The coffee was lovely and fluffy, the orange juice, actually fresh, and both arrived within 5 minutes of us ordering, despite the cafe being fairly full.
toasted muffin – haggis – 2 soft poached eggs – homemade hollandaise sauce
This. haggis. was. insanely, good. maybe even the best we’ve tried.
Points for homemade hollandaise that was lovely and lemony and super fresh,
++ Bonus points for perfectly poached eggs. This one’s a winner.
the indulgent french toast
golden brioche french toast – nutella – banana – toasted nuts
This time last year I was working at Mimis Bakehouse so I can say that I’ve tried some pretty good french toast in my time. This, however, was up there with the best of the best. Scrumptiously crispy edges, fluffy brioche centre, teeny bits of chopped toasted nuts and of course, lashings of nutella.
We managed to catch up with one of the Owners of The Blue Bear, David, who was able to tell us a bit more about this fantastic cafe.
David and his sister took over the Blue Bear back in 2015 and have managed to achieve a lot in that time, whilst working together with family, a small feat by no means. You can tell how passionate he is not only about delivering amazing food but every area of service, in a seamless way. They use a range of suppliers local to Edinburgh and Scotland, including Campbells for their haggis and sausages, as well as Manna House Bakery for bread and croissants. They also use the amazing brioche bread from Breadwinner for the ultimate french toast. All other cakes are made in-house by their superb team (see below) and include a range of gluten-free and vegan options.
Another thing we loved about the Blue Bear was the coffee, supplied by Machina Espresso, who are a fab specialist coffee roastery based in Edinburgh. We would drink this stuff all day if we could!
Food – 10/10
Atmosphere – 10/10
Service – 10/10
Value – 10/10
Ambience – Light, bright interiors, plenty of artwork on display and little touches of blue. Lovely window seat for people watching.
+ lots of board games available
+ dog friendly
9 Brandon Terrace, Edinburgh
Mon – Friday: 8:00–15:30, Sat – Sun 9:00-15:30
0131 629 0229