The ULTIMATE foodie guide to Dundee.

I’m unashamedly a self-confessed foodie.  I love trying out new eateries and researching recipes. As far as I’m concerned there’s nothing that a hearty meal (or a late-night Dominos) can’t fix, and it’s even better when it looks so good its Instagram worthy.

We’ve all been guilty of taking a quick snap of a particularly glorious meal. The ooze of melted cheese or the succulent glaze on a piece of meat…  Unsurprisingly, the little city of Dundee has some pretty special offerings.

My first stop is a small café at the heart of downtown Dundee. It caters to a wide variety of diets including vegans and vegetarians. It’s perfect for a Saturday catch up which is what I did with an old friend when she came to visit.  We had panini’s but the showstopper here was definitely the Rainbow bagel. The warm and inviting décor and ever cheery staff make it perfect for a study day as well. Scout out a cosy corner and park yourself with a steady supply of hot chocolate or coffee

The Brioche French Toast (Pacamara), Rainbow bagel (Flame Tree cafe)

Arguably Dundee’s favourite student café on Perth Road is Pacamara. Eclectic décor and seasonal favourites all at reasonable prices. I am a big believer of dessert for breakfast which is what I decided to do. Whether the sugar rush so early in the day was a good idea might be questionable, but I would highly recommend anyway.

The mushroom and chicken ramen (Oshiburi), Caterpillar sushi (Kobe)

Next, are two of my favourite (admittedly fancier – read pricier) Japanese restaurants in Dundee. With great food and the ambience to match these are places for celebrations or just after a long week when you deserve to treat yourself. At this point in the semester, for me personally, that has been the case pretty often. Kobe also has a live teppanyaki bar if you want a show to go with your dinner. Oshiburi has the most beautiful interior décor, well worth heading a little earlier to relax to enjoy the atmosphere.

Chocolate indulgence and American pancakes, Pancakes with berry compote

Any restaurant serving over 6 kinds of pancakes is a good bet and Pancake Place definitely has you covered. The chocolate indulgence is sinfully good. You’re welcome. 

Last but definitely not least, Tahini! Serving mediterranean cuisine, they do great lunch deals and a slightly fancier all you can eat dinner option – including generous servings of grilled lamb and chicken.  If you love hummus and olives as much as I do definitely give this place a go.

Selection of starters served at dinner (Tahini)

My top pick.

I truly enjoy cooking and baking at home and the perks of knowing what exactly goes into your food and eating well (at a fraction of the cost) outweighs the time and effort it takes to prepare a meal. Meals out and about are great to celebrate and catch up with your mates but I highly recommend experimenting on your own at home as well. Dundee is an amazingly compact student city with a wide variety of cuisines to sample, let me know in the comments if you have any favourites I missed out on.

Until next time x


PS. Yes,  Project Pizza too!


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Hello everyone! I'm an international medical student, currently in my 4th year. I'm setting out to experience as much of Dundee student life as possible as I finish with my last years of undergraduate studies. I'm a closet bookworm and a foodie with an obsession of baking all things sweet. I also drink copious amounts of tea.

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