As Scotland’s third most populous city, ten-time winner of Britain in Bloom, and host of the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Aberdeen is worth taking time to explore. The best place to start? With breakfast, of course. We list our pick of the top spots to start the day in the city.
Rye and Soda calls itself an ‘Anglo-American brunch café by day,’ serving up American classics like pancakes with bacon and maple syrup as well as Scottish and British dishes such as the smoked haddock omelette. Diners who crave something bubbly instead of coffee or tea can add a glass of Piper-Heidsieck champagne to their meal for just a £5 surcharge.
Located at the Green, a historic and newly revitalised neighborhood, Cafe 52 makes a delightful place for a Sunday brunch, served until 6pm for late risers. If the weather is good, ask for an outdoor table from which to enjoy waffles, frittatas, and more.
Be prepared to get messy at burger and cocktail joint The Boozy Cow as there are no plates and cutlery here. Devour dishes like the maple bacon cheeseburger, hotdogs, buffalo chicken wings or a popcorn chicken salad. Those with an competitive streak are encouraged to try The Chilli Challenge. See if you can manage to scoff down one chilli cheeseburger, one chilli dog, one portion of chill cheese fries and an Oreo milkshake in 15 minutes. If you succeed, you’ll get the meal for free and your name on the Hall Of Fame. Lose, and the only thing you’ll taste is the bitterness of defeat.
Sand Dollar Cafe specializes in seasonal produce and local specialties, and has an extensive breakfast/brunch menu served until 4 pm, which ranges between everything from fry-ups to eggy bread to filled rolls to porridge to fruit smoothies. Make sure to ask about the daily selection of specialty loose teas.
For unpretentious but undeniably delicious greasy-spoon food, look no further, and at just £5.50 for breakfast and a cup of tea, it’s hard to get better than Cafe Roza. Order a coffee and a fry-up, both of which will arrive promptly and steaming hot, and dig in.