Fire alarms, pancakes and bacon: Breakfast time at Loudons






Loudons is a café in the central of Edinburgh and it is the stuff of legends. So much so, that on the day we visited we thought we’d ran into an enormous, never-ending queue of people. Turns out that their fire alarm was having a bit of a moment and as a precaution, the staff took all the punters outside until it stopped beeping. But, no one abandoned their post and everyone returned to their coffees and (sharpishly replaced) breakfasts once the coast was clear and no one complained. Speaks volumes, really.


Anyway. The café makes a point of making most of their produce on the spot, while keeping them (at least a little bit) healthy and interesting. They want to serve the kind of food that they like to eat at home.  They’re all about super foods too, their smoothies are so jam-packed with the stuff you feel instantly better just by looking at them on the menu.  There’s also an in-house bakery which is a big part of their hands-on, in-house approach because they think it’s important to know where all their bread and cakes are from.


Basically, it’s a brunch paradise. Because I don’t know about you but if the food they serve is the kind they eat at home I want to go and live with them. Their menu makes me hyperventilate out of excitement. Also, out of sadness because I know I can’t possible have all of it. Hubby had the Cajun Spiced Benny, an English muffin with avocado, bacon and poached eggs topped with Cajun hollandaise sauce and spiced crayfish. I wolfed down a homemade pancake stack layered with bacon and baked banana topped with maple syrup. Yes, it was exactly as bloody marvellous as it sounds like.






This place gets packed really quickly and I think we were just lucky with the fire alarm incident: it may have deterred some new folk from joining the queue. But to be fair, the staff handled everything with such grace and poise, and they served us such super food I probably would have queued forever just to have brekkie there. So yeah. It was spot on, something a little special and I got a great story out of it as well. Done deal.


If you’re in Edinburgh and you don’t eat here you have wasted a trip. Serious.


Let’s talk breakfast in the comments guys ❤ ❤ ❤

  • love this place it looks really cozy and chic , and those dishes are amazing, lucky you 🙂

  • This looks delicious! The baked banana sounds good!

  • This post makes me so hungry! Everything looks so delicious! Especially those pancakes! Next time I’m in Edinburgh I’m making a beeline first this place!

  • Looks like such a nice place for lunch! Will keep it in mind!

  • Gorgeous photos – everything looks as good as it sounds!! Great post!

  • Wow, all of the food looks delicious! I’d want to live with them, too, ha ha!

  • Great pics! Everything looks so delicious!

  • that looks SO GOOD. breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I could eat it all day long, every day!

  • Oh that last picture got my mouth watering, I love coffee and those smoothies looked so delightful. And yeah sounds like you were very lucky with the firealarm going off lol

  • Beautiful photos. Everything looks so delish. I would be in heaven if I went there. Brunch is my absolute favorite 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  • It look yummmmm <3 I wish I had that coffee right now 😀

    • Same. All I have is the standard office dryroasted variety. Not cool 🙁

  • I’ve actually never ever been out to brunch, and I really want to find a good place to go some day. If I ever make it up to Edinburgh I’ll make sure to hit this place up (I’ve saved this post just in case the opportunity ever arises!)

    Steph –

    • Brunch is where it’s at, girl!

  • This is making my stomach rumble! Anytime I see coffee, I just get all feelsy and want to be cradling a little latte in my hands too. These all look like yummy eats though!

    • I get hungry just thinking about the place. Need to visit again, pronto!

  • Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! I’d definitely want to try the Cajun Spiced Benny. This place looks absolutely wonderful and cozy 🙂

    • The Benny was on form for sure 🙂

  • Wow it looks delicious and pretty! I’ve been wanting to do mini reviews of brunch places like this in NYC, so this was an awesome read for me!


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    • That sounds fab! Link me up when you get around to the NYC brunch places, please! 🙂