Cafe & Bookshop
A tranquil rest stop on the busy Royal Mile

The Café

The Café is at the heart of the Storytelling Centre, welcoming tourists and locals alike, offering great service and delicious food throughout the day and drinks into the evening.

Saltire Hospitality Ltd is a local, family owned catering company, guaranteeing the supply of exceptional fresh, local and seasonal Scottish produce.

Whether you have a coffee at the window to watch the hustle and bustle of the Royal Mile, take away fresh produce and a tasty coffee, or meet with friends and family to relax, we look forward to seeing you at the Café.

We’re family-friendly with lots of space for buggies.

Children can enjoy our Storywall and activity box whilst you relax.


Standard Opening Times

• Mon – Sat: 10am – 5pm
• Sundays (Jul & Aug only)
• Evenings during Storytelling Centre Performances

Discover the riches in our Luckenbooths

The Bookshop

Our eclectic shop in the medieval luckenbooths of John Knox House has some of the best resources for stories and storytelling in Scotland.

We have staff favourites, classic collections and unique stories for children and adults.

We have a specialist collection of Scottish History books about John Knox, Mary, Queen of Scots and the Reformation in Scotland, alongside landscapes and local interest.

We also feature a rotating stock of artworks, CDs by traditional artists, postcards and greeting cards by local artists, keyrings and various oddities.


Standard Opening Times

• Mon – Sat: 10am – 6pm
• Sundays (Jul & Aug only)
• Evenings during Storytelling Centre Performances


For enquiries about stock or any further information on our Bookshop, just get in touch.

Email Reception