A Little Help From eteaket… Surviving the Edinburgh International Festival!


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If you are a local to Scotland’s capital city, you are well aware that for one month of the year Edinburgh becomes packed to the rafters with colour, noise, excitement & … unicycles….

Of course, I am talking about the Edinburgh International Festival.

Running from 4th – 28th August, 2017 celebrates the 70th anniversary of this arts festival. “Committed to virtuosity and originality, the International Festival presents some of the finest performers and ensembles from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theatre…” Edinburgh International Festival

And if you are a regular to this festival you will know just crossing Edinburgh’s historic Royal Mile can be an exhilarating and exhausting experience!

This is where we are stepping in to give you some tips on keeping refreshed, recharged & revitalised, ensuring you get the most out of this year’s festival.

We have picked a few of our favourite venues and matched them up with a selection of new cafes & bistros in the area…

A great place to begin is the Royal Mile, at the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Here you can soak up the atmosphere and get a real taste of what’s out there as you enjoy the street performers, presenting you with snippets of their shows – from jugglers to comedians, theatre to interactive modern art.  There is something for everyone to enjoy!

When your throat becomes hoarse from laughing and cheering, just stroll round the corner to the tranquil setting of Casa Amiga’s newest cafe. This Portuguese cafe, located in North Bridge Arcade, serves up traditional Portuguese custard tart, pastries, and of course a great range of eteaket’s teas! Be sure to save room for lunch in the marvellous Edinburgh Larder on Blackfriars Street.

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If you are on the South Side of Edinburgh the programme at  Summer Hall is as varied as ever and this year emphasises how important it is to ‘spend time together, learn from each other and celebrate everything that is good about the world…’ with a variety of shows from across the globe.

No doubt you will have a lot to discuss after catching a show here, so why not grab a seat at the newly opened vegan Herbivore Kitchen on Clerk Street and get the conversation started over black rice risotto, zingy salads and, yes, eteaket teas! herbivore kitchen fb


If you are heading to Leith, check out the fantastic Leith Volcano – a former church, playing host to a variety of shows including dance, visual arts, physical theartre & more…

And while you’re in the Leith area, head to the newly opened Quay Commons , located in the industrial space of a former bonded warehouse. Enjoy their famous sourdough bread, baked in their onsite bakery, sample from their carefully curated menu, and, yes, pair your meal with eteaket’s tea! quay commons fb

And last, but by no means least, as part of the Free Edinburgh Fringe Festival our own Concept Store on Rose Street will be joined by the Professor and his Brew-Tastic Show!  ‘Tea Facts! Tea Fiction! A crackin’ wee mix of mirth and song all under the pretense of civility.’ If this performance leaves you curious & parched, you don’t have to go far at all to enjoy a cuppa – our complete range of teas, tea lattes and a few sweet treats are on offer for you to enjoy in store!

As an extra treat, Groats – hand-rolled oats – will be holding a pop-up event in our Concept Store Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th August, ensuring you are fueled for the first weekend of the Festival! Try their eteaket-exclusive recipes… Earl Grey Infused Oat & Chia Pudding with Raspberry Compote & Pistachios…

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We would love to hear your recommendations for August in Edinburgh  – tag us on facebook, twitter & instagram with your favourite shows, views & refreshments!