Ever since the discovery of oil in the North Sea off Aberdeen's coast in the 1970's, the "silver city" of granite has become an ever more prosperous and cosmopolitan city. Aberdeen's wealth has seen demand rise for stylish, contemporary restaurants and bistros to serve the many thousands of visitors and workers moving in and out of Aberdeen every year, from all around the world.
Fortunately, Aberdeen still holds on to it's good tradtional pubs and cafes and most importantly it's excellent fish n' chip shops! Eating a fish supper on Aberdeen's lovely seaside is still a simple pleasure that's worth indulging in now and again.
Like other Scottish cities, Aberdeen has played a big role in improving Scotland's culinary standards and reputation. The Grampian region is well renowned for producing some of the best, if not finest, beef (Aberdeen Angus), lamb, game and seafood in Scotland from it's rich and fertile land and sea and this is very much reflected in the quality of dishes served in Aberdeen restaurants.
With a very cosmopolitan population, Aberdeen, not surprisingly, has a very wide range of international cusine on offer in its restaurants and eateries including, amongst others, French, Greek, Italian, Indian, Japanese and Chinese. As a starting point for visitors, it's worth heading to Union Street and Belmont Street in the city centre where there's a good range of different types of restaurants, cafe's and bistros to choose from.
Below are some of our team's favourite restaurants, cafes and bistros in Aberdeen. We have included a wide range of types of cuisine and places to suit all pockets. We hope you enjoy dining in them too!