The Forest Cafe is more than just a cafe, it’s an events space; a community skill sharing workshop; it’s an exhibition and arts venue; it’s just one of those places you keep telling yourself you have to come back to more often!
The Forest Cafe is located on the corner of Lauriston Place and most nights attract a young and artistic group of people but it’s a place for all and is one of my favourite places to take my vegetarian friends, especially as everything on the menu can be made vegan (my tip: bring your own alcohol and pay only a small corkage fee). The great thing about eating and drinking here is that your money is going to something good. Everyone is a volunteer and there are often fundraisers for refugees and really sweet little ideas like paying 50p for a drink voucher which can be used for people who cannot afford a drink.
The place is a bit like hanging out in your cool friend’s kitchen and has a friendly relaxed vibe, especially on evenings like open mic night where a variety of really talented locals take to the stage to sing soulful, upbeat and chilled out acoustic. It’s a place that you can hang out with some friends, listen to some great music, even buy some locally produced art. It makes me feel like I’m contributing to making Edinburgh a friendly and fairer place, and for that reason I really enjoy coming back.