Even the fussiest of eaters will find something to feast on in Dundee. With a food scene that is only getting better, you’ll find some of Scotland’s most experimental and exciting chefs cooking up a storm. And if it’s just a quiet coffee you’re after, there are plenty of cracking little cafés too. Here are just some of the best places to eat in Dundee.
Places to eat in Dundee
From Indian delicacies at Bombay Joe’s to eating your way around the Mediterranean at Sol y Sombra Tapas Bar, you won’t go hungry in Dundee. With something to suit all budgets, our guide to restaurants in Dundee shares the independent places worth visiting to get a true taste of what the local food scene has to offer.
Coffee & Co
Coffe & Co, Dundee
Dundee Farmers' Market
For the best cuppa in town, head to Empire State Coffee. A New York-inspired artisan spot just over the road from the Overgate Shopping Centre, the coffee beans here are specially selected from Brazil and Vietnam and are ground fresh in-house.
If a relaxed vibe is up your street, you’ll love Coffee & Co. A café built on community spirit, the team greet you with a smile and treat you like a VIP. The coffee’s as good as the service and there is a selection of tasty treats on offer to keep your hunger at bay. We’re not talking three-course meals here, but they do an excellent selection of sandwiches and cakes that cater to different dietary requirements. As Coffee & Co. is located on Reform Street, just over the road from The Keiller Shopping Centre, it’s also a great spot to rest your feet after a long day of retail therapy.
A total gem of a find, Iced Gems is a small café with a big heart in Broughty Ferry. Notorious for its drool-worthy selection of cakes, soup is also served here, along with a variety of Fairtrade coffees and speciality teas. With delicious vegan and gluten-free options, and a cosy, inviting atmosphere of exposed brickwork and mismatched vintage chairs, this is the perfect place to come if you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth.
If you’re after something a bit more substantial, Café Sicilia has plenty of choice when it comes to food. The daytime menu is simple, but delicious, with a great selection of toasties, paninis and pizzas to satisfy even the biggest of appetites. They do a mean breakfast too if it’s a full English you’re after, and it’s all very reasonably priced. If you’re looking for a bite to eat a little later, Café Sicilia serves a delicious evening menu.
In the heart of Dundee, you’ll find Dundee Farmers’ Market. Showcasing the best in locally cultivated produce, you can find just about anything here. Of course, there is the usual foodie fare – including fresh bread, organic vegetables and butchers’ own meat – but it’s the unique collection of gifts and keepsakes that make this market stand out.
Open between February and December on the third Saturday of the month, Dundee Farmers’ Market is located outside the entrance to Caird Hall in City Square. If you’re staying in our Dundee Centre hotel, it’s only a 10-minute walk away, so you can grab a quick breakfast and be there in time to snap up the best stock when it opens at 9am.