Dundee’s indy dining scene

At the heart of Dundee’s exciting new eating and drinking scene are restaurants, bars and cafés driven by an independent spirit

Dundee’s indy dining scene

credit: Dylan Drummond

In the past couple of years, Dundee has seen a surge of new food and drink openings, from stylish contemporary restaurants to smart cafés and specialist food shops.

Unlike many cities in the UK, Dundee’s rise hasn’t seen a deluge of chains arriving: while some have made their way to the city, the real force behind the new food movement has been independent businesses. Even the city’s longer established enterprises have picked up on the sense of rejuvenation, introducing dynamic business ideas but still proudly emphasising their owner-run credentials and Dundee heritage.

Local food is very much part of the picture too, with the neighbouring regions of Angus, Perthshire and Fife prime sources of beef, game, fish, vegetables, berries and honey, offering plenty for enterprising chefs to get to work with.

But good quality, imagination and a youthful energy can be found elsewhere too, whether in steakhouses keen to show off their charcoal grills or coffee houses picking up on the latest speciality roaster. The repeating message is that an exciting era for food and drink has arrived in town, and it’s the locals who are taking inspiration from it and embracing it.

We've picked out some of our favourites for you to look out for:

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