Books and Beans combines great-tasting coffee and food with literature and second-hand books. You can enjoy a leisurely browse of the bookshelves whilst munching on a piece of cake and a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Located on Main Street in the centre of Aberdeen just a few seconds’ walk from the main thoroughfare of Union Street, Books and Beans is ideal for taking time out during a busy day. There are over 150,000 titles to peruse on the shelves, and the venue is also the location of the meetings and readings of Aberdeen’s Dead Good Poets Society on the last Thursday of every month. The food on offer ranges from freshly made sandwiches and paninis to homemade cakes and biscuits.
Books and Beans, 22 Belmont Street, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, +44 01224 646438
The Moonfish Café boasts a historic location in the centre of the city on the Correction Wynd in the old Merchant’s Quarter – a wynd being the Scots term for a narrow lane. Where the Moonfish Café now stands there was once a House of Correction for ne’er-do-wells and local vagrants in the 17th century and the restaurant now offers diners the fantastic view of St Nicholas’ Kirk. Thankfully times have changed the place – the Café can boast of having been a runner-up in the Observer Food Monthly Awards and received a glowing write-up in the 2014 Waitrose Good Food Guide. Diners can also admire the works of Aberdeen photographer Sam Brill that are displayed around the restaurant. On the menu are excellent main courses including guinea fowl with turnips, mushrooms, tomato and tarragon, and fillet of beef with blue cheese and beetroot and pickled walnut.
Moonfish Café, 9 Correction Wynd, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, +44 01224 644 166
The Foodstory Café on Thistle Street just to the north of Union Street focus on providing top quality Scottish fare that is sustainable, healthy, and locally sourced. Established in 2013 and with most of the café built from recycled materials, The Foodstory Café also aim to reduce their food waste and make sure all of the packaging employed is made from plant materials. You can drop in at any time for breakfast or lunch – on the breakfast menu are tasty dishes including Aberdeenshire smoked bacon roll on a freshly baked artisan bread and sausage rolls made from the finest pork from Ellon in Aberdeenshire.