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
A lively café in the centre of The Garden Bookshop serving Fairtrade coffee, speciality teas, a range of wine, beer and soft drinks along with sandwiches, salads and delicious cakes and sweet treats. Have a natter with friends surrounded by books or take food into the Gardens to enjoy outside. Visit in the evening for sharing platters and fine wines.

Edinburgh Gin Café Bar & Signing Tent 

Charlotte Square Gardens, open daily from 9:30 until late
Imaginative salads, hot pots, soups, pastries and sandwiches created using local, Scottish produce plus a range of freshly baked cakes, sweet treats and savoury snacks. Soak up the sunshine on the decking with a glass of wine, a coffee or a draught beer.

The Spiegelbar

In the Spiegeltent, Charlotte Square Gardens, open daily before events
For people attending events in our atmospheric Spiegeltent, serving a range of beers, wines and spirits and a variety of tasty snacks for when you’re feeling peckish. Open during Unbound performances (21.00 each night) and pre-event throughout the day.

George Street Café Bar

On George Street, open from Sat 4 Aug, daily from 9:30 until late
A new pop-up café-bar in our George Street arena serving Fairtrade coffee, speciality teas, wine, beer, soft drinks and spirits. Also hot food to take away or enjoy in the seating area.

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
A mini-bar for when you want to grab a hot drink, a glass of wine or a beer.

Horsebox (Hettie) 

In Charlotte Square Gardens, open daily  9:30 until 18:00
Selling a range of Fairtrade coffee, hot drinks and snacks.

Edinburgh Gin Bar 

In Charlotte Square Gardens, open daily 11:00 until late
A delightful outdoor bar serving Edinburgh Gin and Edinburgh Gin cocktails.

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.