12 new food and drink pop-ups to check out at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe

The pop-up food stalls at George Square are always popular with festival-goers during the Fringe.

Published 11th Aug 2017
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

But if you fancy trying something new this year, there are lots of unique pop-up restaurants and foodie events to check out across the city this August.


(Leo & Ted, 36 Leven Street, EH3 9JL)

Picture: Roam Facebook

A collaboration between Toasted Radish and LarderBox, Roam is a pop-up restaurant (open from 7th to 11th August inside Leo & Ted coffee shop) focusing on locally sourced venison.

As well as venison from The Highland Ridge Larder, the menu will feature products from other local suppliers (like Errington Cheese and Cyrenians Community Farm) and a delicious three course dinner will cost just £20.

Kitsch Soda & Soft Serve

(Bedlam Theatre, 11 Bristo Place, EH1 1EZ)


Edinburgh-based craft soda company, Kitsch, are popping up at Bedlam Theatre from 4th August with a range of quirky sodas and ice creams on tap.

Try some Rhubarb & Thai Basil or Cucumber & Fennel soda along with Kitsch’s own soft serve ice cream to create a nostalgic ice cream float with a gourmet twist.

The A Club

(The Merchants’ Hall, 22 Hanover Street, EH2 2EP)

Picture: Arbikie Distillery Facebook

Taking over The Merchants’ Hall on Hanover Street until 27th August, The A Club is a luxurious food, drink and live music pop-up from Arbikie Highland Estate.

As well as serving cocktails made from Arbikie’s own gin, vodka and whisky, the pop-up also offers delicious food, accompanied by an eclectic mix of live jazz, pop, folk and classical music.

Patisserie Maxime Afternoon Tea

(French Institute for Scotland, 13 Randolph Crescent, EH3 7TT)


During August, Patisserie Maxime are popping up inside the French Institute for Scotland to offer a Parisian-inspired afternoon tea.

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Taking over the Institute’s Le Bistrot cafe, the menu includes a huge selection of sweet and savoury treats, such as homemade macarons, berry tartlets, avocado and prawn sandwiches and freshly baked scones and croissants.

Harajuku Kitchen Street Food

(George Street, EH2 2DH)


Popular Tollcross bistro, Harajuku Kitchen, are expanding their Japanese street food offering this August with a pop-up stall on George Street.

Serving up their famous gyoza dumplings and yaki udon noodles, the street food stall will be open from 4th to 28th August.


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Burger & Fringe

(Radisson Blu Hotel, 80 High Street, EH1 1TH)


Burger & Fringe is taking up residence in the Radisson Blu Hotel on the Royal Mile until the end of August.

The mouthwatering menu features a range of 100 per cent wagyu beef burgers, produced in the Scottish Highlands, as well as other classic dishes like North Sea battered cod and chips and 28 day dry aged rib eye steak.

Glengoyne Whisky Suppers

(Cannonball Restaurant, 356 Castlehill, EH1 2NE)

Picture: Cannonball Restaurant & Bar Facebook

Every Wednesday to Friday (from 9th August), Contini’s Cannonball Restaurant will be transformed into a whisky paradise with the help of Glengoyne.

As well as a tutored whisky tasting, diners will also get to tuck into a seasonal two course supper, perfectly matched to Glengoyne’s whiskies.

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Tommy Miah’s Indian Street Food Festival

(Raj Restaurant, 12 Hillhouse Road, EH4 2AG)


Renowned Indian chef, Tommy Miah, will be hosting an Indian street food festival at his award-winning Raj Restaurant throughout the month.

Tuck into an array of authentic Indian street food dishes while enjoying traditional Bollywood dancing and music, from 4th August.

Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience

(The Principal, 19-21 George Street, EH2 2PB)


This comical interactive dining experience – based on cult TV show Fawlty Towers – returns to the Fringe for its 10th year.

Located in a new venue for 2017 (The Principal on George Street) diners can enjoy the hilarious improvised show as Basil, Sybil and Manuel serve up a three course meal.

Festival Cafe @ Queen’s Hall

(The Queen’s Hall, 85-89 Clerk Street, EH8 9JG)

Picture: The Queen's Hall Facebook

Popular Fringe venue, Queen’s Hall, is running a pop-up vegetarian cafe within their theatre during August.

Run by several original members of the Engine Shed crew (a much-loved Edinburgh cafe which closed recently after 25 years), the vegetarian menu will include everything from Japanese tempura and sushi platters to sharing bowls of chilli nachos.

The Cheesy Toast Shack

(Charles Street, EH8 9AB)


Fife-based Cheesy Toast Shack are heading to the capital to offer up gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, from their shack on Charles Street, every day during the Fringe.

Keep it simple with The Classic, filled with Scottish cheddar, ham hock and sweet onion pickle, or go all out with Mac n Cheese or Veggie Camembert.

Dram & Smoke Campfire Feasts

(The Biscuit Factory, 4-6 Anderson Place, EH6 5NP)


Dram & Smoke are setting up camp in The Biscuit Factory from 3rd to 27th August to create a Campfire Feasts dining experience.

The four course tasting menu is inspired by the flavours and nostalgia of a traditional campfire, with gourmet versions of classic dishes like sausages, beans and chips.

Gillian is a writer and blogger from Edinburgh, with a penchant for drinking cocktails, exploring the city's independent shops and trying out as many new restaurants as possible.
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