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The friendly breakfast and brunch cafe-bar with great coffee.Fresh, high quality and locally sourced food always served with a smile.
PRICE RANGE
US$6 - US$11
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
CUISINES
Cafe, British, Scottish, Grill
FEATURES
Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 11 April 2022 via mobile

Super coffee, super breakfast - lots of choice. Friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere- dog friendly too. I had the vegan breakfast which for £10 was excellent value and delicious- it had everything you could want to be honest! Belgian waffles with Nutella were divine but v...filling- however the lovely staff gave us a box so we could take them away for later!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 27 December 2021

Walked 30 mins from where I was staying on the morning of check out to visit you guys, only to find a sign on the door saying you're closed. Would have been SUPER helpful if you could have disclosed that somewhere on here, or on...your website, beforehand. Wasted morning.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 21 December 2021 via mobile

Best place for brunch. Offer a good variety of options. All really yummy and the owner is lovely. My favourite place for brunch!!

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 24 November 2021

Good food, servcie and staff. Booking advised and strict sign in proceedures. Tables cleaned and good general cleanliness.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 1 November 2021

Visited the blue bear on our first day of a 4 day trip to Edingburgh. Brunch was amazing and their French toast is one of the nicest I have ever had. Service was quick and very friendly and the owner even gave us some reccomendations...for other restaurants to try during our visit!! We followed up on the tip for the White Horse Oyster and Seafood restaurant and were very grateful as that too was delicious and a great place to go!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 9 October 2021

Just moved to Edinburgh recently and today I’ve discovered the blue bear cafe and I immediately in love with this place the brunch was yummy also the staff are really nice and friendly specially that lovely staff with a heart tattoo strongly recommend the blue...bear cafe!More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 18 September 2021 via mobile

Was very disappointed in my breakfast at Blue Bear. It's usually one of my favourite, go-to cafes but not today. The avocado was icy cold and completely tasteless- a bit of salt or lemon would have helped and the bacon was fatty and soft even...though I'd asked for crispy. Standards definitely seem to have slipped.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 1 September 2021 via mobile

Best brunch myself and my family have ever had. Even my fussy 12 year old little brother ordered pancakes with bacon and maple syrup and said they were the best he had ever tasted. Everything on the menu arrives exactly how you want it. It’s...a must try in Edinburgh!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 26 August 2021 via mobile

Took friends to this cafe recently. Had combination of full breakfast, eggs Benedict, smashed avocado on toast with poached eggs, crispy bacon. Everything was cooked to perfection including notoriously difficult poached eggs. You can go super healthy or opt for full Scottish breakfast. Coffee superb...and staff friendly. Dog friendly too and outside seating. This will be a regular breakfast/brunch spot for us.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 8 August 2021 via mobile

Great little cafe, the service was excellent and the staff were very friendly. Tasty food and a good selection of breakfast options!

Date of visit: July 2021
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Brooksy810
2 October 2016|
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Response from Blue Bear C | Property representative |
Unfortunately we will not be opening on New Year's Day. We will close on 31st at 2pm and open again on January 3rd
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Maddiedylan
29 March 2015|
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Response from Florian_bonnet | Reviewed this property |
Hi ! If you consider taking a taxi from the beginning of Princes street, it is a 5min trip. It is really worth it !
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Blue Bear

Yes, The Blue Bear offers takeaway services.

The Blue Bear is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5