Stretching through the heart of Aberdeen
, Union Street
— or the Granite Mile, as it is often called — is the main artery into the centre of the city. It is packed with excellent places to visit, whether bars
, shops or museums
. With these likely to help you build up an appetite, it’s a good thing there are also many places to eat. Whether you want a pub lunch, a quick bite to eat or a full dinner, our handy guide shows you the best options.
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
If you love large portions of excellent, quality Italian dishes, then Amarone
is definitely the place for you. The staff is friendly and attentive, there is a great atmosphere and the décor is airy — even when very busy it never seems constrictive. The mushroom risotto and, when in season and available, the lobster dishes deserve special mention. The wine is good, and the pizza can also be ordered gluten-free (and receives excellent reviews).
Pub, British, Pub Grub, $$$
A traditional pub serving traditional pub food, the Howff
has been a Union Street fixture since the 1990s and has been in operation under a different name since the 1980s. The bar is open longer, but food is served during the hours listed here, with options including fish and chips, chili, stew, macaroni cheese or lighter bites such as sandwiches or toasties. Recently refurbished and with a reasonably priced menu, The Howff is a favourite lunch destination for many Aberdonians.
Cafe, British, Healthy, Soup, $$$
On paper, So…
is a family-run sandwich shop — but it’s the little details that set it apart. With bread baked daily on the premises, a passion for the best local ingredients, a fantastic range of sandwiches (toasted or not), baked potatoes, soups, salads, cakes and an exclusive coffee blend, not to mention the fastest WiFi in the city, So… is ideal when you want a light bite or to sit and pause for a time and watch the world go by.
Restaurant, Thai, Asian, $$$
Authentic Thai food with an extensive menu to choose from, Sabai
is enhanced by the knowledgeable, friendly staff and modern décor. The name means “relax” in Thai, which is exactly what you will do if you have dinner here. All the dishes are cooked to order, and there is a wide range of vegetarian options available, with spiciness ratings clearly marked on the menu for those who like their food with a bit of a kick (also useful for those who don’t)!
Restaurant, Asian, Chinese, Fast Food, $$$
With excellent service, whether you eat in or take away, Dr Noodles
offers an extremely reasonably priced eating option on Union Street. The choices are simple, you choose noodles or rice, then your meat or tofu (or ask for more veg options), before deciding on your sauce — or sauces. It’s all cooked in front of you, fast and hot, and it’s served in cardboard containers with the minimum of fuss. The Chinese paper lanterns and atmosphere really add something too.
Pub, Gastropub, Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub, British, $$$
Housed in a beautiful converted church, Soul Bar
serves up a diverse selection of food. They have a new menu revolving around comfort food, with favourites such as pasta, ramen, falafel or burgers. There is a good range of different sized portions, depending on your level of hunger, and deals such as the popular lunch-time special, soup and a sandwich. If you want to accompany your meal with a tasty cocktail
, they’ve also got you covered. The stained glass windows also deserve a mention, and the atmosphere is welcoming and comfortable.
Restaurant, Asian, Indian, $$$
Named after the height in metres of the tallest mountain
on earth, 8848
has won several awards and consistently provides the very best in Nepalese and Indian cuisine. There are many vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, and the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. The portions are large, and the menu diverse, containing Nepalese specialities as well as familiar favourites. 8848 can be busy and booking ahead may be wise.