There are plenty of weekends that we’re away from home, whether it be at my parents’ house, a quick getaway or out in the countryside. But, on weekends that we are at home, we like to make the most of being in the city and enjoy what it has to offer.

Living in the West End of Aberdeen there is plenty to do – a walk around many of the local parks, a catch up with friends over coffee or brunch, a browse around some of the nearby boutiques or dinner in one of our favourite restaurants.

If you live in Aberdeen, or are visiting, these are my favourite things to do in the city at the weekend.

Breathe In Some Fresh Air

There are plenty of places in the city to get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air. A cycle around Duthie Park, a walk around the rose garden at Hazlehead Park and a wander through the picturesque streets of Rubislaw are just a few of my picks.

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Catch Up Over Coffee

Although I’m not actually a coffee drinker, Cameron and many of our friends are, meaning that we’re often in local coffee shops.

My favourite place in the city for catch ups – whether it be over coffee, tea or traditional French hot chocolate – is Almondine. This is by far the most chic and stylish place in the city, with fresh filled croissants, desserts and of course macarons always on offer.

A few of our other frequented places are Parx Cafe, The Coffee House and The Craftsman.


Dine Out

Away from the many chain restaurants in the city, there are some hidden gems offering a menu of great food and drink. For authentic, and not too expensive, Japanese food we usually head to Yarakobi. Located in a converted old pub, the restaurant is always cosy, welcoming and bustling at the weekend.

For fish, which is one of my favourite types of dishes, we always opt for Moonfish. Conveniently located in the heart of the city, here is the perfect place to stop for lunch whilst shopping.

On warmer days we love visiting Cafe 52 on The Green, where, when the sun shines, you can sit outside in a small terrace area.

Browse Local Stores

Again, away from large shopping centres, there are a number of great boutiques and independent stores in Aberdeen. Small outlets such as Curated Stories are great for gifts whilst local florists including Flower Vogue and Nicky Walker are great for picking up a bunch of fresh flowers or plants.

I would love to know what your favourite places in Aberdeen are to visit. Comment below and I’ll happily add them to the list..