Dundee food districts: West End
Capturing the flavour of the city’s tastier quarters
Dundee’s west end should come with a ‘not just for students’ disclaimer. Although home to large chunks of university campus and the vast majority of the city’s under 30s, the Perth Road isn’t just for grabbing some chips while stumbling out of the student union.
The DCA (Dundee Contemporary Arts) is a landmark in more ways than one, offering a cultural and culinary hub at the gateway to the West End area. Within, Jute Café Bar provides the whole package: after-work drinks, a romantic dinner, quick coffee or bar snacks with friends. At the first hint of sunshine, the entire bar decamps outside to the terrace.
Moving up South Tay Street, The Playwright beside the Rep theatre offers an assured, attractive venue for more upmarket dining, the Mandarin Garden is a wonderful Chinese with revolving tables for sharing food, while Avery & Co brings an upbeat, family-friendly attitude to a range of international dishes. Gathered around the West Port, the Parlour Café is queen bee, but there’s a buzz about venues such as the West House, the D’Arcy Thompson, Jushi and The Tinsmith.
Explore the Perth Road and you’ll find a bit of everything, from pubs and bars to tearooms and cafés, along with city gems such as the Agacan, under the same ownership since the early 1980s and an entertaining mix of artistic fl air and traditional Turkish cuisine.
Visiting Perth Road during the day is a leisurely experience, with plenty of small independent shops to wander round. Fraser’s Fruit and Veg offers delicious fresh produce for the home cook, while Hugh’s Place, The Parrot Café and Espress Oh! Coffee House offer contrasting experiences for a cake and coffee stop. Venture all the way out to Taypark House and you’ll be rewarded with not just an attractive café serving great cakes and lunches in a grand historic setting, but also a chance to sample the city’s first dedicated Gin Bar.