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! Every year we offer a wide range of food and drink to help you do just that. So bring some friends, relax and unwind. Our cafés serve a range of options for children and we have high chairs for youngsters. We're open daily and late into the night during the Festival and entrance to the tented village (just off the west end of Princes Street) is FREE.
Bookshop Café Bar
In The Garden Bookshop, Charlotte Square Gardens, open daily from 9:30 until late
Edinburgh Gin Café Bar & Signing Tent
Charlotte Square Gardens, open daily from 9:30 until late
In the Spiegeltent, Charlotte Square Gardens, open daily before events
George Street Café Bar
On George Street, open from Sat 4 Aug, daily from 9:30 until late
Di Rollo of Musselburgh Ice-Cream Trike
In Charlotte Square Gardens, open daily from 11:00 until 18:00
Delicious locally made ice ice cream - whatever the weather!
Drinks Van (Nadine)
On the Spiegeltent decking, open daily 11:00 until late
In Charlotte Square Gardens, open daily 9:30 until 18:00
Edinburgh Gin Bar
In Charlotte Square Gardens, open daily 11:00 until late
Picnics and Packed Lunches
In Charlotte Square Gardens
You’re welcome to bring your own food and soft drinks. Relax on the grass for as long as you wish – you don’t have to see an event. We’ve provided drinking water taps so you can fill up 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.