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The Gateway Cafe


The bright, airy Gateway Café is an essential part of any visit to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. The Gateway provides an idyllic spot to enjoy sumptuous seasonal dishes, prepared from scratch on site and making full use of vegetables and herbs handpicked from RBGE's own Kitchen Garden. 

Take your pick from warming soups, deli filled sandwiches, daily hot specials - plus, of course, a vibrant salad bar. 

In addition to ample indoor seating, the licensed Deck Bar is a perfect outdoor spot for enjoying coffee and a snack or drinks at any time of day. It's also great for al fresco lunches - like our fabulous baked-to-order pizzas. Advance booking is not required. 

Located at the bottom of the stairs in the John Hope Gateway, the Potting Shed coffee cart is a handy option for grab-and-go hot drinks. 


Heritage Portfolio Café Experience Vouchers

Indulge friends and loved ones with an unforgettable experience at The Gateway cafe. Our vouchers make a unique gift idea that’s appreciated at any time of year.

Vouchers can be securely ordered online and sent instantly by email with a personalised message. They’re a delicious treat for anyone’s inbox!

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Opening times

  • November – January
  • Monday-Sunday 10am – 4pm (last orders 3.15pm)
  • February and October
  • Monday-Sunday 10am – 5pm (last orders 4.15pm)
  • March – September
  • Monday-Sunday 10am-6pm (last orders 5.15pm)

Location Details

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Arboretum Place



+44(0)131 552 2674

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Set in over 70 acres of beautiful landscape the Garden offers superb panoramic views of the Edinburgh skyline and a variety of unique cafes and event venues in a breath-taking setting.

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