For culture, history, entertainment, leisure and excellent restaurants, Dundee has everything a visitor could wish for. It is a UNESCO City of Design, and a bustling, hugely energetic Scottish city that is wonderfully compact and easy to explore. Head to the High Street or Overgate Shopping Centre for a thriving retail centre, or head to Perth Road for gift shops, eating venues and modern art galleries. Other key attractions include a Victorian jute mill, beautiful city parks and a large visitor science centre which is fantastic for kids. The V&A Design Museum also opens in 2018 and is likely to be a huge draw.
This small city is rapidly becoming the next hot tourist destination and its flourishing visitor economy is encouraging plenty of new dining venues to open. You'll find a real diversity of restaurants in Dundee; many of which are still relatively new and receiving rave reviews. Look out for lavish Italian restaurants, fun family-friendly pizzerias, swanky fish and chip shops, classic French and English bistros and delicious gastropubs. Alongside the fine array of restaurants in Dundee, there are also many excellent coffee shops, specialist cafes and pop-up food stalls offering local foods and specialities. You'll notice that the emphasis is very much on fresh, locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients and there are plenty of options to suit special diets too, such as 'free-from' baking. Just ask your server if you are unsure; the locals are very friendly and ready to help.
The city is very proud of its claim to rich Dundee cake, studded with dried fruit, almonds and fruit peel, and marmalade, both of which were created by the local Keiller family, who ran a huge confectionery business in the late 19th century. Today, Dundee's restaurants offer both the cake and various flavours of homemade marmalade on their menus and you will often see them flagged up as local specialities. The cake is so important that the city is even working to have it recognised under EU Protected Geographical Indication!
One of the great attractions of Dundee's restaurants is that the menus offer varied price points to suit all budgets. A large population of students and young people means that you'll find plenty of wallet-friendly cafes and eateries which offer delicious international food, hearty portions and affordable prices. They are fun, lively and always busy! For those seeking a meal to remember, look out for award-winning restaurants across Dundee which are highly reviewed on Quandoo. It's a great place to narrow down your search and the community of fellow diners will give you the real insights into their favourite venues. You'll find lots of exciting new eateries opening up with a real atmosphere of flair, excitement and passion - the restaurateurs are keen to put the city on the foodie map and the service is excellent. Look out for daring menus that blend traditional dishes with avant-garde and experimental touches, often presenting fusion cuisines that are exciting and innovative in their nature.
You don't have to head far beyond the city centre to find some other great dining venues in the surrounding areas either. Broughty Ferry is a great place to visit and a traditional seaside suburb with a very attractive beach and lively waterfront. You'll find some excellent gastropubs and traditional Dundee restaurants here, where you can combine good food with views of the sea. If you're dining at night, why not head out to Balgay Park after dinner to see the stars from Mills Observatory? Travel along the coast and there are various hidden Dundee restaurants to discover, as well as plenty of gastropubs offering classic Scottish and English favourites, traditional puddings and a great selection of local beers and ales. On a cold day, get cosy in front of the fire with a glass of something warming and look out for well-behaved dogs under the tables of walker's pubs! In summer you must, of course, try traditional fish and chips by the seafront. There are plenty of seafood restaurants across Dundee's coastline to choose from and the catch is fresh and delicious.
If you're keen to dine in one of Dundee's restaurants during peak hours, then don't forget that you can book in advance with Quandoo up to two hours beforehand. This saves you queueing or being disappointed! Dundee's restaurants get particularly busy when there is an exhibition or event on in town, but you'll find plenty of availability away from peak hours. Why not try a lunchtime menu? You can often treat yourself to a lavish meal at one of Dundee's finest restaurants for a lower price when you do. If you want to book for a group event, remember to give the restaurant a heads up - especially if it is for a special occasion. You'll find that the service team will pull out the stops to make it a special occasion when they are expecting you. Just remember to leave your review with Quandoo afterwards to share the scoop on the best restaurants in Dundee!