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


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.

Café 1505 @ Surgeons Quarter
A great space to enjoy homemade food, and it's open nice and early too.

Does indulgence call? Head to this serene space for an afternoon tea that tastes as good as it looks.

Milk at The Fruitmarket Gallery
A family-friendly café where the thoughtful menu options are as pretty as the nearby art.

The Scottish Café & Restaurant
The perfect blend of classy décor, warm service and excellent local produce for lunch, brunch and afternoon tea.

Eating & Drinking Guide 2018/19

Eating & Drinking Guide 2018/19

25th Edition published April 2018. Widely recognised as the most reliable, comprehensive and authoritative guide to eating out in more than 950+ restaurants, bistros, cafes and bars in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
A The Scottish Café & Restaurant
National Gallery of Scotland, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL
The Scottish Café and Restaurant is currently closed as part of the Gallery's transformation project. We'll update with an opening date when we can. Scottish ingredients showcased with Contini high-class in picturesque Princes Street Gardens.
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
Focused on quality food and healthy eating, this family-friendly cafe supports exposure to art for all ages.
D Café 1505
18 Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DH
Café in Surgeons Quarter known for elevating humble lunch options to delicious favourites.

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