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The Top 6 places for Brunch & Breakfast in Inverness

What’s better before a full day of exploring a new city or after a long night of partying than a big breakfast. With that in mind we have compiled the top 6 places for brunch and breakfast in Inverness. Lucky for you, Inverness has a large number of great little breakfast spots that serve tasty and filling scran* (* Scottish for food) – often all day long. 

Read on to discover our favourite spots for breakfast in Inverness and our recommendations for traditionally Scottish breakfast foods. Without further ado, here are six places that serve some of the best breakfast and brunch in Inverness, in no particular order.

Breakfast by the River Ness at the Palace

The Top 6 Places for Brunch & Breakfast in Inverness

The Rendezvous Café

Over the years, the location of Rendezvous Café has been a dance hall where the Beatles played on their first ever tour, a record store and most recently, an artsy and eclectic café paying homage to classic cinema with its interior. Choose from delicious Scottish favourites like a fry-up and hot filled rolls or modern classics like pancakes and French toast. Whatever you get, you’re in for a tasty treat!

Velocity Cafe & Bicycle Workshop

This café-slash-bike shop offers moist cakes, breakfast bowls and sandwiches as well as tasty coffee by Papercup Glasgow and a wide range of herbal teas. Velocity also runs a number of programmes that promote the benefits of cycling for physical and mental wellbeing, including a weekly social cycle with a supportive group. The café also hosts monthly poetry and storytelling open mic nights.

Cafe Artysans

As a part of Calmans Trust, Cafe Artysan helps young people who have difficulties at home or school learn new skills and gain confidence for independent living by offering them apprenticeships at the café. Their food is also made with sustainable, local produce for extra feel-good points. For breakfast, you can choose between lighter bites like granola or toast with toppings ranging from eggs to baked beans and a full Scottish breakfast.


This organic veggie cafe is a great spot for people who are health-conscious or have dietary restrictions and food intolerances, with plenty of vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free options. Choose from breakfast classics with a twist, like a superfood porridge, smoothies with flaxseed and coconut milk and artisanal bread with organic baked beans, or treat yourself to a tasty and filling wrap. As Nourish Cafe is in connection to a complementary therapy centre, you can top off your breakfast with a yoga class or a massage.


Girvans is a highly popular, family-run restaurant with a wide range of tasty breakfast items, including full Scottish breakfast, pancakes and eggs cooked in every way imaginable. The food is worth queuing on busy days and guests routinely comment on the lovely service and high-quality food.

Enjoy breakfast in bed… 

You’ve got several options for breakfast right here at the Palace Hotel, too!  Start your day with the buffet breakfast, served 7-9.30 am on weekdays and 8-10 am on weekends. We’ve got all of your classic continental breakfast items, from yoghurt and cereals to porridge, croissants and pancakes. 

You can also build your own full Scottish breakfast with eggs, sausages, baked beans, haggis and much more. Our bread is lovingly baked by local business Three Little Bakers every single morning. For proper pampering, why not order room service straight to your bed so you don’t have to lift a finger? It’s free to all of our guests!

If you fancy a bit of a lie-in, you can enjoy lunch at the Brasserie from noon, or even treat yourself to an afternoon tea. The standard Brasserie lunch menu includes classic items like soups, salads and burgers, while for afternoon tea, you’ll have a selection of freshly-made sandwiches and delectable cakes. To book your afternoon tea at the Palace Hotel, call 01463 22 32 43 or email

Top 6 Places to Enjoy Brunch & Breakfast in Inverness


What to have for breakfast in Scotland

So now you have discovered the top 6 places for brunch and breakfast in Inverness you need to try these Scottish brekkie favourites! So you’re on holiday in Scotland and want to try some local delicacies, look no further than the full Scottish breakfast! Like its English cousin, a Scottish breakfast, also known as a fry-up, typically consists of bacon, sausages, eggs, baked beans, grilled tomatoes, fried mushrooms and toast. However, in Scotland, you’ll also find a tattie scone (a potato-based, savoury flat cake) and some haggis on your plate. 

So no, you really can’t escape the haggis on your Scottish holiday but trust us: it’s quite delicious! If you’re sceptical, though, the veggie version made with oats and pulses offers a yummy alternative for those faint of heart.

And if that just sounds like a lot of food for first thing in the morning, that’s because it is! But for a full day of walking through Inverness tourist attractions or hiking around Loch Ness to try and catch a glimpse of the famous monster, it’s perfect. Many cafés and restaurants serve a full cooked breakfast all day and it makes for a great, filling lunch as well. 

If you’re after something a little lighter, try a filled morning roll or some porridge. Scottish porridge is very popular, cooked thick and slightly salty rather than sweet with Scottish pinhead oats. 

Morning rolls are often filled with bacon or a generous squeeze of brown sauce, but there really is no limit to what you could fill one of these pillowy white rolls with: baked beans, avocado, mushrooms, sausages and eggs are just some of the fillings you’ll find in Scottish breakfast spots.

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Looking for a hotel in Inverness?

The Best Western Palace Hotel & Spa is conveniently located right at the centre of Inverness, on the banks of River Ness and opposite Inverness Castle. A mere 10-minute walk from the Inverness Rail Station and Bus Station, Palace Hotel has the perfect location for your trip to the Scottish Highlands.  You are also only a few minutes walk to some great visitor attractions, shops and restaurants – see Explore for more info. 

The Victorian exterior of the hotel hides underneath a sleek interior that mixes traditional late-19th-century architectural details with modern simplicity – you can have a look for yourself on our interior Google Streetview page. Choose from a range of seasonal offers and a leisure club complete with a pool, steam room and sauna, as well as a luxurious selection of spa treatments.

So make your highland escape in the city of Inverness to the Palace Hotel,  the superior and friendly welcoming choice for your stay in Inverness. Call us on 01463 223 243 or book direct click here for online availability.

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