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 during the Festival and entrance to the tented village is FREE. Come and visit us (just off the west end of Princes Street) - we'd love to see you!


Book Shop Café-bar

In the Bookshop, Charlotte Square Gardens, open daily from 9.30am until 9.15pm

Head to the Bookshop Café at the rear of the bookshop to enjoy Fairtrade coffees, homemade soups, sandwiches, and irresistible cakes and sweet treats with plenty of options for the kids too, all made from scratch.

Edinburgh Gin Café-bar

In the Signing Tent, Charlotte Square Gardens, open daily from 9.30am until late

Enjoy healthy, homemade and delicious food including a variety of breakfast items, summer salads, tasty soups and sandwiches, and freshly baked cakes and treats. Indulge in an Edinburgh Gin cocktail or chilled drink whilst enjoying the sunshine on the decking. 

Spiegeltent Café Bar

In the Spiegeltent, Charlotte Square Gardens, open daily before events

Our 1930s style bar featuring speciality signature cocktails is the perfect place to enjoy a drink before or after a show. Evening snacks available including popcorn, hot dogs and corn nachos. 

Spiegeltent Drinks Pod

On the Spiegeltent decking, Charlotte Square Gardens, open daily 11am until late

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

George Street Café-bar

On George Street, open from Sat 4 Aug, daily from 9.30am-5.30pm

A new pop-up café-bar in our George Street arena serving Fairtrade coffee, speciality teas, wine, beer, soft drinks and spirits. Tempting savouries and filled rolls are available, alongside a range of delicious cakes and sweet treats.

Di Rollo of Musselburgh Ice Cream Trike                             

In Charlotte Square Gardens, open daily from 11.00am until 6.00pm

Delicious locally made ice ice cream - whatever the weather!

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.