Eating out with children in the festival city

When you've got the kids at the Edinburgh Festivals, it can sometimes be a tricky decision where to head for lunch - everywhere is busy, and kids can be somewhat... choosy... about what they'll eat!

A close-up image of some delicious looking buns and scones at the Storytelling Centre Cafe

Don't worry though, there are lots of great options for good food, in places that are very welcoming to young festival fans.

For space to breath

Many of Edinburgh's eating establishments can be a bit crowded, especially when there's a festival or six on. Not so at Hemma - not that there's any shortage of custom, but the airy bistro on Holyrood Road has a pleasantly relaxed layout, with comfortable sofas as well as large spacious tables and plenty of room to move between them.

It's a great place to bring children before your next Fringe show - not least because the food is delicious, which always helps!

FE suggests: Check out the lovely play area on the upper floor where kids can burn off some energy while the grownups try to recover theirs!

For Italian style

Just off the west end of Princes Street, on Queensferry Street you'll find Quattro Zero, one of many great eateries in the vicinity, and an especially good one to take children to when you've had a morning at the nearby Book Festival.

With a bright, modern and colourful decor, a huge menu full of excellent Italian dishes, and a very friendly and helpful staff, it's a great bet for somewhere uncomplicated, tasty and fun.

FE suggests: Pizza. Always pizza!

For a snack and a story

If you're looking for a quick bite, or even just a tempting cake and a coffee, then a great spot right in the centre of town is the cafe at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on the Royal Mile.

Home to the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in October, the centre is open year round, and also hosts Fringe events, including a number of fun kids' shows. So enjoy the lovely cafe, check out the shop's great selection of stories for children and adults and then catch a show - all without leaving the building!

FE suggests: If you're upstairs after your pit stop, don't miss some lovely paintings by artist Kate Leiper

For lots more top tips on where to eat and drink, check out The List's food and drink guide.

See more of our food and drink recommendations, or for lots more top tips on where to eat and drink, check out The List's food and drink guide.

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