City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Forest Cafe


Forest Fringe
Venue details
Edinburgh Area: 
Southside, Edinburgh
Edinburgh Area: 
Old Town Edinburgh
Telephone (info): 
0131 220 4538

Situated in an old building (former Edinburgh Congressional Church) on several floors, in the Edinburgh University area, the co-operatively run Forest Cafe established itself as a hub for Edinburgh's activists, artists, and free-thinkers with wholesome veggie food and its own beer and berry wines.

While much loved, the future of the freewheeling Forest was put in serious doubt after the building's owner, the Edinburgh University Settlement, went into administration on 27 October 2010.

Still, that hasn't stopped the Forest running a lively Fringe 2011 programme of free music, art and theatre over three floors of the building.

A  campaign to raise funds to buy the venue raised £30,000 - well below the property's expected sale price but sufficient to give the Forest a lease of life in a new venue.