Volunteer run, non-profit, creative arts venue and cafe with a small menu of simple all vego dishes. All dishes can be done vegan. Very politically correct. Free wi-fi, child friendly. Re-opened at this Tollcross location in Aug 2012. Price: Inexpensive more-less
Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Lacto, British, Western
141 Lauriston Place, Tollcross
Edinburgh, Scotland EH3 9JN

Mon-Sun 10:00am-11:00pm

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Cash only


First Review by OneNightStanzas
  • vegetarian

chilled community cafe

4 Posted on 04 / 17 / 2014

in the middle of tollcross a haven of calm.
this could be regarded by many as a stereotypical hippie veggie place, and it is kind of. If i had the hair, i might have the dreads also.
really nice staff, you can tell the food is homemade which is good, and not from the supermarket packet.

there are performances of various kinds and you can buy local artists work which are displayed. Even the tables have been painted by people locally. a really relaxing place, a good coffee machine would really improve the cafe, although there filter is good.

run by volunteers, has a real community feel.

on a recent return had the falafel meal and would recommend as was filling, tasty and had a variety of salads with it.

Pros: staff, location, value
  • vegan

old / new forest

5 Posted on 02 / 23 / 2014

i went to the forest while my brief visit to edinburgh where i used to live. i was surprised to see the new location but it didnt loose the old cozy atmosphere. the staff is super friendly and food freshly self made. i had a delicious soup (potato lentil orange pumpkin ?) and set of salads. another day yogi tea. the place is welcoming to stay longer sit read or have a chat. there are many delicious vegan options unfortunately not that many gluten free. ill definitely go back

Pros: inexpensive, friendly staff, excellent food
  • vegan

Decent food in a nice atmosphere

4 Posted on 01 / 10 / 2014

We came here for lunch on a recent visit. The menu was small, indeed, maybe about 5-7 options. Only a few of the options could be made vegan, but we ordered the falafel plates and they were pretty tasty. I also tried the vegan chocolate cake, which was not the best I've had but certainly not bad. We really enjoyed the coffee and the laid-back artsy vibe. I think I would eat here again next time I'm in town. The staff were all very friendly and helpful.

Pros: good value, good coffee, friendly staff
Cons: limited menu, limited seating

  • vegan

The Forest Cafe, Edinburgh

4 Posted on 03 / 31 / 2013

This venue is different from any of the other all vego places I have been to in Edinburgh.

The menu doesn't offer the biggest choice but this place is run by volunteers for the benefit of the community - good for them. The things on the menu are simple such as sandwiches and nachos and also soup of the day. Sandwich of the day today was tofu and caramelised onion served with cous cous and green leaves salad. Decent value at £4. 1 coffee and 1 ginger and lemon tea was £2.50. Very inexpensive in my view for Edinburgh.

There's a cafe policy printed off and stuck on the wall re no racism, no sexism etc etc. The clientele were very casually attired.

Pros: Vegan vego friendly, Inexpensive
  • vegan

Please Come Home. We Love You. Forest.

5 Posted on 11 / 08 / 2012

Forest -- now in its brand spanking new location at Tollcross Junction -- is an Edinburgh institution, and although its old home is sadly missed, there are some great things about the new one. You sit surrounded on all sides by windows, so while you sip your cup of tea (you can choose from tons of varieties!), you can watch the bustle of Tollcross happening around you. The place is full of funky artworks and artefacts, and cool (often copyleft) music drifts out of a huge 80s boombox on the wall. There are tomato plants on all the tables, and they all have name labels and want to talk to you! Tea and coffee are served in huge, mismatched mugs by utterly lovely staff, all of whom are committed volunteers. The atmosphere is totally laid back and chill. It's lovely.

The food menu is still being worked out in the new premises, but I am super happy to see the legendary Forest burrito (vegan option available) back on the cards. You can also get a sweet salad (the choices change regularly so it's never boring) or a slice of delicious cake. There are almost always vegan cake options and the staff will bend over backwards to accommodate vegans' needs. Hooray!

Forest is an old place still trying to find its feet in a new location, but so far it's doing pretty darned well. Highly recommended for any vegan looking for a tasty snack in Edinburgh!

Pros: Lovely staff, Cool and quirky, Vegan cake


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Last updated: 2013/04/09


Added: 2012/09/21


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