Dundee has grown in leaps and bounds, even since I started university here 4 years ago. I’ve watched swanky new restaurants open, an entirely different set of shops take over the Overgate (no pun intended) and most recently the opening of the stunning Victoria & Albert Museum.
One weekend we decided to ditch the books and explore the little city that’s become home.
I’m one of those unfortunate people who cannot for the life of me, sleep in. So bright and early at 7.30 am I was up, off for a jog (read: walk) up the law. If you’re keen to get outdoors Dundee has lots of green spaces for exercise or another worthy pastime, dog watching. It’s always a good way to start the day with some cardio as well as feel a little less guilty of all those inevitable weekend calories to follow. Cue my favourite part of the day, breakfast.
Dundee is no different from other student towns to having unashamedly given into the brunch craze. There is no dearth of cute hipster-ish café’s for Saturday morning pickings. This week we headed to Pacamara, a tried and tested student favourite along Perth Road. It’s one of those places that’s perfect for a weekend catch up with a well-brewed coffee. The menu is constantly changing with seasonal favourites so it’s unlikely you’ll fall into a rut here.
Next up, naturally I had to mention the V&A. I completely understand it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I grew up with frequent trips to museums and I’ve grown to love the quiet sense of calm. Just as impressive as the exhibits is the architectural design of the building. It stands at the very edge of the waterfront leaving the impression of it almost floating on the Tay. Quite fancy. There are free exhibits as well as a lovely restaurant overlooking the river to celebrate a special occasion. I went with a good friend who had taken out an annual membership with the museum that allowed us to explore all the exhibits. I would most definitely recommend.
Well after that I ambled home for a quick siesta as we all must do on a Saturday afternoon. In the evening I had planned to have a few friends over for food and drink before heading out to Dundee’s legendary Union. It’s always crowded, and the music is loud but there’s always time to get your dancing shoes out and run into lots of people you may or may not want to see on a night out. Either way, I’ve always had a great time and made some precious memories with some great friends.
Slowly yet surely, Dundee has become a home away from home for me. It truly is about the connections you make and the people who have added so much value to my university experience.
Until next time x