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Aberdeenshire offers fantastic shopping opportunities and here’s some of the best places to shop. Union Square boasts more than 60 stores and restaurants right in the centre of Aberdeen. The Academy Aberdeen in Schoolhill was developed to fill a gap in the Aberdeen market for quality, upmarket niche shopping. It offers a range of high fashion stores including Attic, stocking a range of exclusive brands including Paul Frank, True Religion, Diesel, Franklyn & Marshall and Fila Gold. The West End now boasts designer shops including Kafka and Cruise co-existing with traditional outlets such as equestrian specialist Country Ways and jeweller Finnies, which is located in nearby George Street.
Cruise Footwear, Accessories and Bags Aberdeen showcase a mix of international designer brands including Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo, Dior, Vivienne Westwood, Zagliani and Y-3. The boutique features a luxurious shopfit and the sleek interior has been designed to embrace the building’s original architectural features. Bellino is an independent boutique in Thistle Street, specialising in ladies footwear and fashion, with collections from brands across the globe.
Art and antique lovers will be spoiled for choice at Elizabeth Watt’s shop in the same street which has fine jewellery and china on offer as well as expertise in restoring precious ornaments and objets d‘art. For map and print lovers the choice should be Colin Wood Antiques on nearby Rose Street.
Aberdeen Country Fair can be found on the last Saturday of every month. Located on Belmont Street, between Union Street and Schoolhill, Aberdeen Country Fair is one of the largest markets in Scotland, attracting up to 30,000 people per event. The market provides local farmers and crafters the opportunity to showcase their quality home-grown and hand-crafted products.
36 Gordon St, Huntly AB54 8EQ
Whiskies of Scotland is a must stop on the malt whisky trail with over 1,000 whiskies in stock from every available distillery with many open to taste. You can sample a cross section of all Scotland’s whisky with the ‘Whiskies of Scotland’ award-winning brand. Visit website
115 Holburn St, Aberdeen AB10 6BQ
Country Ways was established in 1978 and is a family-run business located in the city centre of Aberdeen. The store specialises in country, leisure and equestrian clothing, as well as horse wear, accessories, gifts and books. Visit website
88 Union St, Aberdeen AB10 1JL
McGowans Jewellers is Scotland’s family jewellers – it’s a fourth generation family business. The jewellers are diamond and precious stone specialists, where you can also find fine quality vintage and reconditioned jewellery with skilled jewellery workshops. Visit website
1 John St, Aberdeen AB25 1BT
Tiso is Scotland’s leading specialist retailer for outdoor clothing, camping, watersports and climbing equipment. During your stay in the Aberdeen area, pop in store to check out the latest outdoor gear from the world’s most exciting brands. You’ll be sure of a warm welcome. You can find brands such as Rab, The North Face, Patagonia, Berghaus, Kuhl, Lowa, Scarpa, Montane, Mountain Equipment, Merrell and many more exciting brands. Visit website
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