Edinburgh's top festival eats

18 August 2015

Assembly George Sq Pastries

Food florious food - The Edinburgh Festivals are a feast for the all the senses, but you've got to admit it's also a feast for the belly! Once you've had your fill of some of the fantastic shows and exhibitions, nothing quite beats tucking into some mouthwatering street food and soaking up the atmosphere at one of the primary festival hubs. If you've still to delve in and explore, let us give you a quick rundown of some of the best areas to get some top nosh:

St. Andrew Square

Festivals St Andrew Sq

The August festival season is synonymous with sitting in the Scottish sunshine and nursing a drink or two in one of the buzzing festival gardens. Arguably one of the best haunts this year is is St Andrew Square Garden, where local beer brewers distillers Innis & Gunn and distillers Edinburgh Gin have set up shop.

The area has been done up with beautiful decking and fairy lights, with lots of seating that is quick to fill up on a sunny day. Once you've managed to immerse youself in the festival vibes, pop to the Spiegeltent next door for some of the best music and cabaret in town. 

Edinburgh Book Festival cafés at Charlotte Square

Edinburgh International Book Festival Reading Cr Book Festival

[Image: Edinburgh International Book Festival]

Indulge your mind as well as your belly by popping over to Edinburgh International Book Festival at Charlotte Square Gardens, which has been home to the book festival for the 30 years.

The leafy green garden is the perfect place to curl up with a good book and grab a coffee and some sweet treats. All visitors are well catered for with three cafes, two bars and even an ice-cream trike!

The Pleasance Courtyard

The all-time spot to go during the festival has to be the Pleasance Courtyard - an oldie but a goodie! This is an absolute must for celebrity spotters, as lots of the top comedians love to mill about the courtyard. While you try to spot your favourite, fill your belly with delicious burgers, pulled pork and other snacks. There's also a fab area for chilling out with your little ones, so no one is likely to go hungry!

Assembly George Square

Assembly George Sq Pastries

Lots of festival goers have been congregating at Assembly George Square this year. Its fantastic location means that it is handy for a lot of the Festival Fringe venues, including the Assembly Studios, Gilded Balloon and Pleasance Dome, and there are lots of street food options on offer. 

The hungry festival punter will be satisfied with a burger from Well Hung and Tender, or a tikka wrap from the legendary Khushis. Get a taste of Scottish seafood at Alanda's Grill, or transport yourself to Thailand with Bangkok's Pad BKK. There are lots of sweet treats on offer too (see the picture above)!

No matter what you're into, you're bound to find something you fancy here. Once you've got your grub, sit down at a table and relax before your show begins.

Gilded Garden

Gilded Garden Prosecco Bar

Just up the road you'll find the Gilded Gardens, an atmospheric outdoor spot nestled in the front of the Gilded Balloon. Here you'll find mouthwatering crepes, waffles, pizzas, burgers and the popular pulled pork hut. 

Be sure to check out the prosecco bar, which has serves up delicious bubbly as well as beautiful prosecco cocktails! 

Surgeons Hall

This one is a little bit off the beaten track, but a great hidden gem for those who manage to find it. The fantastic floodlit courtyard bar offers a wide range of refreshments, food, daily barbecue, coffee and tea.

There is also a fully licensed bar from 10am to midnight daily. Located on Nicholson Street, it is in a great location for catching all the popular shows: a minutes walk the Royal Mile, opposite the Festival Theatre and yards from Bristo Square. This is a beautiful charming courtyard and bound to become a firm favourite of everyone who visits. 

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