Eat and drink

The Book Festival is all about feeding the mind and imagination but sometimes there is nothing better than just feeding the body! So bring some friends, relax and unwind. The Book Festival Village is open at 9.30 until 23:00 from 12 August untl 28 August.

Entry to the Book Festival Village at Edinburgh College of Art on Lauriston Place is FREE


Nourishment for the stomach and the soul

A Book Festival day wouldn’t be complete without a treat. We’ve got a range of places in the Book Festival Village to pick up a snack, drink or something more substantial.

Relax in the large and airy indoor café – now licensed and open until late – and enjoy views over the courtyard, or take a coffee, a cake and a book to the seating outside – best served with sunshine.

For something stronger, including delicious gins, whiskies, beer and wine, head to the Festival Bar in the Courtyard, or the quick serve bar by the Book Signing Tent.

And there's coffee, tea, snacks and more in the open seating area outside our Festival Bookshop in the beautiful old Firestation building.
You’re also welcome to bring your own picnics, packed lunches and soft drinks to enjoy on the grass. There are lots of drinking water taps on the Festival site where you ca fill up your water bottles.

If you are looking for somewhere interesting in Edinburgh to have a meal, a cocktail or a snack, our media associates The List have a great eating and drinking guide to Edinburgh.