From breakfast coffee and croissants in our street-level Coffee Shop, to evening beers and burgers downstairs at Traverse Bar Café – good food, great drinks, and a welcoming atmosphere are waiting for you, all day long.


During the day, the Traverse is a brilliant place to relax with a coffee, work with a pastry in hand, meet-up with friends, or write your next stage epic.

Traverse Coffee Shop (ground floor)

Mon to Fri, 8am-5pm

In our street-level coffee shop, you'll find fresh, seasonal sandwiches, soup, hot-pots, quiches and salads – made on-site, by our skilled catering team.

Our coffee comes from Edinburgh-based speciality coffee roasters, Artisan Roast. We drink a lot of it, and we’re sure you’ll love it too.

Traverse Bar Café (downstairs)

Daily, 9am-late and 8am-late from 12 to 25 Aug

Downstairs, we serve fast, fresh food and drinks – including coffee, Scottish spirits and craft beers in our relaxed and spacious Bar Café.

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Sockets for laptops and phones
  • Great for working or informal meetings (at any time of day)
  • Stay as long as you like
  • Bring your four-legged friends – we’re dog friendly!

A stir-fry is sitting on the kitchen pass


Simple, good food – served with a smile downstairs in the Traverse Bar Café.

Under our Head Chef, Sabino Acosta, we’re pleased to serve a fresh, fast and seasonal pre-theatre menu.

To reserve your table call us on 0131 228 5383.

View our current menu

Post-show and night

Great theatre sparks debate. After the curtain has fallen, pore-over our shows in the underground bar.

With a fully-stocked bar, craft beers and a great selection of Scottish gins and whisky, you’ll find everything you need for a brilliant evening here at the Traverse.

A burger with chips and salad
A bartender is pulling a pint. The bar is busy.
People having fun at the Festival 2017 launch, in Traverse Café Bar