Aberdeen travel guide:: What to do, see and eat in Aberdeen

Aberdeen travel guide:: What to do, see and eat in Aberdeen
Hi guys, after many requests from prospective students and oil workers, here is my Aberdeen travel guide, I hope you like it! Two rivers, old cobbled streets, sandy beaches, silver buildings, winter gardens, the place where Emeli Sande grew up-there’s something about Aberdeen that appeals to everyone.*edit I will be updating this Aberdeen travel guide quite frequently, however if there is something that you feel it is missing, please feel free to e-mail me and let me know. Thank you!


Moving from London to Aberdeen was not easy for me; being used to pop in Chelsea for Saturday brunches with my girlfriends and get into a last minute flight from either London airport, were a few of the things that had me concerned.

They say never judge a gift by its wrapping and living 3 years now in Aberdeen I fully believe it. Aberdeen is now my home, I have a fabulous job, even more fabulous friends and have no regrets for moving.

I often get asked what are the things someone should see in Aberdeen so here is my Aberdeen Travel Guide (in no particular order). You’d be surprised how many things you can do!

What to see in Aberdeen:

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The University of Aberdeen

I am blessed to work in these historic buildings and have lunch breaks in the famous Cruickshank Botanical gardens. Situated in Old Aberdeen, the campus is certainly a top destination when visiting the Granite City.

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Some facts you should know about the University:
-It is the Scotland’s third oldest University and the fifth oldest University in the English speaking world!
-It is constantly ranked among the top 1% of the world’s top Universities.
-Aberdeen is the safests Scotland’s University city.
-The University library is in top 10 for “spell-binding University libraries in the world” as reported by The Independent.

The beach
Aberdeen beach is famous for its golden sands and its long curved length between the harbour and the River Don’s mouth. It has a popular amusement park along the Beach Esplanade and a 9 screen Cineworld.

A dream during a sunny day!

Or else known as Fittie, this is an old fishing village at the East side of the harbour. Expect loads of colourful houses and garden decorations, worth a visit especially on a sunny day!
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The Art Gallery
Located in the heart of the city this is the main visual arts exhibition in the city since 1884. The collection includes works by the 18th and 20th century British artists.

Where to eat in Aberdeen:

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I sporadically blog about my favourite places to eat or grab a coffee in Aberdeen, with Cafe Cognito being my current favourite, since it is conveniently located 5′ away my flat. Here’s a collection of posts featuring my favourite places:

-breakfast and brunches: The Long Dog Cafe, Cafe Cognito, Coffee House Cafe
-Lunch or dinner: Da Vinci
-afternoon tea: The Hazlehead Park Cafe
-drinks and cocktails: Revolution

What to do:

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If you are into the great outdoors and love a bit of adrenaline in your blood stream then Aberdeen is the place to be. Go Ape at Crathes castle and hiking the top of Mither Tap are a few of the things to do when in the area. Find out more here and get ready for some serious action!

To be completely fair Aberdeen is not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you give yourself the time to explore then you will see that it has a lot to offer. Having a car helps loads but public transportation is equally good if you want to travel in the countryside.

Have you been to Aberdeen recently? Please let me know if you liked this Aberdeen travel guide or if you like to see more from Scotland!



Anastasia is a Greek in Scotland via England! She’s passionate about life in Aberdeen, exploring new places and petting dogs. When not working she runs Natbee’s and enjoys countryside walks with her puppy Cruz.

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