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The Food Chain Cafe
Holyrood Rd,
City of Edinburgh,
0131 550 7800


Dynamic Earth sits in the shadow of Arthur’s seat, in an area of Edinburgh where you can have a very full and rewarding day out. The impressive building is just one jewel here and is hard to miss with its domed white roof and geological displays around the entrance. 

Take a time travelling tour of the Earth and wonder at the science and discovery captured in the fascinating interactive and innovative displays. Expert guides take visitors through the Big Bang and beyond in a lesson on what makes planet Earth so special and why now is a critical time to protect it. Once you have absorbed even a tiny percentage of the information on the tour, you may well find your explorations require refuelling. 

The ‘Food Chain' cafe is ready for you on the main concourse, a bright, airy space with inspiring views all around. The menu cuts their food miles by using Scottish produce, with Borders beef in the chilli and Lockerbie cheddar in my dish of choice, the macaroni cheese, well seasoned and smoky with a side salad and chips. The cafe holds the credentials for being part of the Visit Scotland ‘Taste our Best' scheme for serving up local products. Staff have endeavoured to make the space more planet-friendly too, using compostable Vegware and selling an attractive range of reusable coffee cups in store. Much to the amusement of our junior time travellers, the cafe also offers edible straws, lemon or apple flavour!
The menu displays good quality, tasty fayre with ample portion sizes and plenty of choices, even for the veggies, vegans and children in our group. The cake section featuring traybakes from the Highland bakery ‘Cobbs' was particularly well received, and a suitably refreshing Brodie's coffee hit the spot. Young ones can enjoy the ‘Rocket Fuel' packed lunch selection at £4.95.
For families looking for somewhere a little bit different, with more open and accessible space than your average cafe, you will be guaranteed a tasty filling lunch or light bite. And what's more, you are welcome to visit the cafe even if you don't intend on purchasing a ticket for the exhibitions. (K. Dorrat)




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