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The Forest

What you need to know.........

Forest Cafe is a rare community café that’s open in the evening.

Delicious, incredibly healthy and affordable meals, snacks and drinks.

Everything vegetarian or Vegan

Hot, cold and alcoholic beverages.

Nachos, wraps, burritos, soups and salads to chose from (children's portions available)

Wheelchair access

Free wi-fi

Indie music on stereo

Live entertainment most nights, performance art or music. Whoever books for the night.

BYOB: wine £1.50; beer 65p for a pint, and £1.30 for over a pint corkage

Opening times: Mon–Sun 10am–11pm
Seasonal times During festival: open until 1am
Food served Mon–Sun 10am–11pm
Average price £8 (lunch); £8 (evening meal)

Now in its third home, the Forest Café has settled nicely into its new location on Lauriston Place. The venue attracts many university students and artists with its laidback and slightly grungy appearance. If they're not coming for the live music that happens almost every night, patrons are probably showing up for the large and filling plates of falafel or nachos. The full vegetarian menu offers a great choice for meat-free eaters who are tired of hackneyed fare. Two floors means you can enjoy some quality music on the lower level or ascend to have a lovely hot chocolate on the ground floor.

Thanks to a pay-it-forward system the team has in place, your drink could be free, courtesy of another customer's kindness.

The kitchen is run by three main managers while the rest of the staff is completely volunteer based, lending to the mellow and unhurried atmosphere.

All welcome.
All ages
Days and Times
Monday 10am - 11pm
Tuesday 10am - 11pm
Wednesday 10am - 11pm
Thursday 10am - 11pm
Friday 10am - 11pm
Saturday 10am - 11pm
Sunday 10am - 7pm
141 Lauriston Place, Tollcross

South East 
Contact Details
Contact Telephone: 0131 229 4922
Contact Email:
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This record was last modified on: 22 September 2016