Best arts venues for food and drink in Edinburgh
Contemporary or classic art, these cafés will all satisfy your lunch and coffee cravings
From the city's grandest buildings and national treasures to quirky corners, arts collectives and social enterprises, Edinburgh's arts venues often include marvellous places for musing and munching. Tourists will gladly stumble upon them and locals will return again and again for a good cup of coffee and an artfully constructed bun – even when there isn't any time to take in the exhibition. Their menus are as varied as the venues themselves, yet they all have one thing in common: a unique identity shaped by the spaces and communities which host them.
Signet Library, Parliament Square, High Street, Old Town, EH1 1RF
Elegant food in an opulent setting, serving lunch or extravagant afternoon teas.
heritageportfolio.co.uk/cafes/our-cafes/colonnades/ | read our review of Colonnades
Dovecot Café by Leo's
Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Old Town, EH1 1LT
Smart, bright daytime café in Edinburgh's world-renowned tapestry studio, serving freshly prepared soup, sandwiches and bakes.
dovecotstudios.com/gallery/cafe | read our review of Dovecot Café by Leo's
Milk at The Fruitmarket Gallery
Fruitmarket Gallery, 45 Market Street, Old Town, EH1 1DF
Milk brings strong game to Edinburgh's arts venues; this location focuses on family-friendly, healthy eating.
cafemilk.co.uk/the-fruitmarket-gallery | read our review of Milk at The Fruitmarket Gallery
The Scottish Café
National Gallery of Scotland, The Mound, City Centre, EH2 2EL
Scottish ingredients showcased with the Contini's high class in picturesque Princes Street Gardens.
thescottishcafeandrestaurant.com | Read our review of The Scottish Café