Here's how much food costs at Coachella, including $11 for one slice of pizza and $15 for a cup of lemonade

  • Insider's music team has attended Coachella in Indio, California for the past two years.

  • We documented our meals throughout both weekends, including the price of each item.

  • The exorbitant costs include $10 for a cup of black coffee, $11 for one slice of pizza, and more.

There's a variety of a food available at Coachella, but many options are difficult to eat in a festival environment.

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Callie Ahlgrim

Given how many festivalgoers there are, proper seating at Coachella is limited. Many people resort to eating meals on the ground or on the go.

This can effectively rule out many of the delicious-looking options at the festival, especially if they require utensils or a steady hand.

This fried chicken sandwich cost $17 before tax and tip.

coachella fried chicken sandwich
Callie Ahlgrim

While this sandwich was one of the tastier options we've tried, it was messy to eat and fell apart quite easily.

This slice of pepperoni pizza cost $11 and 30 minutes of wait time.

coachella pizza slice
Callie Ahlgrim

There were many pizza options at Coachella, but every line was absurdly long. This booth offered multiple toppings — cheese, pepperoni, pepperoni jalapeño, veggie, and vegan veggie — for $11 per slice.

This $16 grilled cheese was the most disappointing meal we've ever had at the festival.

coachella grilled cheese
Callie Ahlgrim/Courteney Larocca

This booth advertised "loaded grilled cheese" options, but we came to realize the only toppings available were bacon for $6 extra or tomato for $4 extra.

The standard $16 option, pictured above, was served on mediocre bread that wasn't toasted all the way through.

The available sides were $14 onion rings or $12 crinkle-cut fries.

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Callie Ahlgrim

Both options were served lukewarm. Thankfully, the containers of ranch and hot sauce did not require an extra charge.

These $17 chicken tenders were basic but yummy.

coachella chicken tenders
Callie Ahlgrim

They were served on a bed of perfectly crispy french fries.

This $13 "sumo dog" came topped with wasabi relish, spicy mayo, and minced onion.

coachella sumo dog
Callie Ahlgrim

This booth offered Japanese-inspired hot dogs, including one called "The Godzilla" for $18, which would cost just $11 outside of the festival.

Another booth served Chinese food, including this orange-chicken bowl.

orange chicken coachella
Courteney Larocca

The $17 dish consisted of orange chicken and white rice.

Some of the most egregious prices were attached to simple cups of coffee.

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Callie Ahlgrim

By 10:30 p.m. on Friday night last year, we were in desperate need of caffeine. (Harry Styles wouldn't take the stage for another hour.)

We were shocked to find that our go-to coffee drink, an oat-milk latte, would set us back $15 each.

We paid $10 each, plus tip, for this tiny cup of black coffee.

coachella coffee
Courteney Larocca

The taste was average, but the energy boost was much appreciated.

This year, we kicked off the weekend by paying $45 for two orders of a basic hot dog with french fries.

coachella food hot dog and fries
Callie Ahlgrim

We had been waiting in line for chicken tenders, but the booth ran out before we could order. Hot dogs were the next-best option.

This basic order of chicken nuggets set us back $12.

coachella chicken nuggets
Callie Ahlgrim

They were served with packets of ketchup and a side of sriracha sauce.

This turkey burger meal was one of the best we've had at the festival — but also one of the most expensive at $33.

coachella turkey burger
Callie Ahlgrim

The turkey burger was $16 and the side of french fries cost an additional $8, not including tax or tip.

I paid just over $18 for a large cup of strawberry lemonade.

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Callie Ahlgrim

The tasty beverage cost $15 before tax and tip.

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