Lots of cafes serve healthy options, but these are my top picks whenever I’m looking to be especially healthy! All of these are great because as well as serving delicious food, they can be visited as a single diner or with friends.
My favourite thing about Café Milk is how full I was after eating here. A lot of people think of healthy eating as small portions, but that certainly wasn’t the situation at Café Milk. I chose the roast chicken, Asian spiced peanut sauce and slaw, in a flat bread and the flat bread was bursting at the seams. They offer a variety of sandwiches and salads, but the breakfasts also sound amazing. There are 5 different locations around Edinburgh, each serving different menus, which gives customers plenty of choice.
Grams specialises in tasty foods made from whole ingredients. After starting by only selling cakes, they now have a physical café with a breakfast and lunch menu, as well as coffee and cakes. From the outside, Grams doesn’t look overly impressive, but with a tagline like ‘eat better not less’, how could I resist? On my first visit I got a health box to take away and a raw snickers bar, but on Sam’s recommendation I had to sit in to try their breakfast options. As much as I enjoyed my takeaway, I preferred dining in; I ordered The Beets, which was delicious, and I would definitely have this again, but I also have my eye on the Clean Beanz.
Branded a “a juice bar and health kitchen”, Milk Juicery is a small café serving delicious smoothies and juices, as well as healthy food. There are a few seats to eat inside, but I’ve only had takeout. Some of the items on the menu include, super bowls (meat/fish with veg and rice), wraps and toasts. The banana toast looks yummy and I really want to try the peanut butter and jelly smoothie!
Union of Genius
Soup packed with veggies is perfect on a cold day, and let’s face it, it’s not just winter that we need a soup to warm us up in Edinburgh! Union of Genius is my favourite soup in the city and there’s always a great selection; you can choose from 6 soups, 2 salads or vegan chilli. I always pick a soup and there are different flavoured breads to go alongside – the onion bread is super tasty.
Hula is a juice bar and café on West Bow, at the edge of the Grassmarket and is the first place that comes to mind when I think of healthy food in Edinburgh. They have a massive menu, full of juice options, as well as breakfast and lunch meals. I eat something different here on each visit and the poke bowl is next on my list, however I can recommend the siracha chicken wrap and the salad bowl. I can also never leave Hula without an Oreo brownie to take away – they are insanely good!
Delve further in to the Grassmarket and you will come across Pumpkin Brown. This is a relatively new find for me, but a handy one to know about. The breakfast menu looks brilliant here, but I’ve only been for lunch. They have a hot dish and a soup to choose from, as well as lunches already made up. There’s not a lot of choice, but it makes your decision easy and it’s great for picking up something quick and light on the go.