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. Bring some friends, relax and unwind. Come and join us in the Book Festival Village (just off the West End of Princes Street). We're open daily during the Festival and entrance to the tented village is FREE. Do come and visit us - we'd love to see you.

Book Signing Café Bar

In the Edinburgh Gin Signing Tent, open daily from 9.30am until late

Serving local, Scottish produce including tasty sandwiches, soups, salads, freshly baked cakes and snacks. Soak up the sunshine on the decking with a glass of wine or a draught beer from our lively bar.


Spiegeltent Café Bar

In the Spiegeltent, open daily from 11.15am until late

A full bar and cafe in our atmospheric 1930s travelling ballroom, serving sandwiches, soups, hot dish of the day and freshly baked cakes, made using local, seasonal produce wherever possible. Speciality coffees, herbal infusions, soft drinks, wines, beers and spirits available. 


Bookshop Café

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

A lively cafe at the back of The Bookshop serving Fairtrade coffee, speciality teas, a range of wine, beer and soft drinks along with sandwiches, salads and delicious cakes, tray bakes and sweet treats. 


Di Rollo of Musselburgh Ice Cream Trike                             

In the gardens, open daily from 11.00am until 6.00pm

Delicious locally made ice ice cream - whatever the weather!


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.

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