Best arts venues for food and drink in Edinburgh

Best Arts Venues for food and drink in Edinburgh

Milk at The Fruitmarket Gallery

Contemporary or classic art, these cafés will all satisfy your lunch and coffee cravings


Since these eateries are inevitably found in Edinburgh's most spectacular spires and quirkiest corners, their dining spaces are sought after by some of the city's most dependable brands and caterers. As such, the menus often have a following of their own, quite apart from the art they enhance. Those who appreciate both will be in their element.

Café Modern Two
Art and food intertwine, a Paolozzi sculpture towers overhead and lunch options go way beyond a soup and a sandwich.

Sumptuous afternoon teas and fine-dining lunches are served amid the towering bookshelves of the Signet Library at this high-class establishment.

Milk at The Fruitmarket Gallery
Tempting cakes and and delicious lunch options provide twice the excuse to pop into this intimate and trendy city gallery.

The Pantry at Dovecot
Dependable Edinburgh café The Pantry is now serving creative modern lunches and excellent coffee at this equally impressive and creative venue.

A Paolozzi's Kitchen
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two, 73 Belford Road, Edinburgh, EH4 3DS
Spacious café within the Scottish National Gallery's Modern Art Two building, with a Scottish-Italian inspired menu and baking made from scratch.
B Colonnades
Signet Library, Parliament Square, High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1RF
Fine dining lunches and elegant afternoon tea surrounded by books.
C Milk at The Fruitmarket Gallery
Fruitmarket Gallery, 45 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DF
The Fruitmarket is closed for redevelopment until 2020 and so is Milk Cafe. Focused on quality food and healthy eating, this family-friendly cafe supports exposure to art for all ages.
D The Pantry at Dovecot
Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT
Creative healthy lunches and great coffee at this attractive city centre location, formerly a Victorian baths, now a tapestry studio and art gallery.