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Top Choice Bistro in Aberdeen

Café 52

This little haven of laid-back industrial chic – a high, narrow space lined with bare stonework, rough plaster and exposed ventilation ducts – serves some of the finest and most inventive cuisine in the northeast (b…
Top Choice Modern Scottish in Aberdeen

Adelphi Kitchen

Cool and clever flavour combinations are the hallmark of this little gem hidden down an alley off Union St, a small but sophisticated space decorated with weathered timber and muted natural colours. Charcoal grillin…
Fish & Chips in Aberdeen

Ashvale Fish Restaurant

This is the flagship, 200-seat branch of the Ashvale, an award-winning fish-and-chip restaurant famed for its quality haddock. The Ashvale Whale – a 1lb fish fillet in batter (£12.45) – is a speciality; finish it of…
Modern Scottish in Aberdeen

Moonfish Café

The menu of this funky little eatery tucked away on a back street concentrates on good-quality Scottish produce but draws its influences from cuisines all around the world, from simple smoked haddock with charred le…
Cafe in Aberdeen

Sand Dollar Café

A cut above your usual seaside cafe – on sunny days you can sit at the wooden tables on the prom and share a bottle of chilled white wine, or choose from a menu that includes pancakes with maple syrup, home-made bur…
Seafood in Aberdeen

Silver Darling

The Silver Darling (an old Scottish nickname for herring) is the place for a special meal, housed in a former Customs office at the entrance to Aberdeen harbour with picture windows overlooking the sea. Here you can…
Pub in Aberdeen

Blue Lamp

A long-standing feature of the Aberdeen pub scene, the Blue Lamp is a favourite student hang-out – a cosy drinking den with good beer, good craic (lively conversation) and regular sessions of live jazz and stand-up …
Pub in Aberdeen

Old Blackfriars

One of the most attractive traditional pubs in the city, with a lovely stone and timber interior, stained-glass windows and a relaxed atmosphere – a great place for an afternoon pint. Live folk music on Thursday fro…
Pub in Aberdeen

Prince of Wales

Tucked down an alley off Union St, Aberdeen's best-known pub boasts the longest bar in the city, a great range of real ales and good-value pub grub. Quiet in the afternoons, but standing-room only in the evenings.
Gallery in Aberdeen

Aberdeen Art Gallery

Behind the grand facade of Aberdeen Art Gallery (closed for refurbishment until winter 2017) is a cool, marble-lined space exhibiting the work of contemporary Scottish and English painters, such as Gwen Hardie, Step…