While a winter staycation in Scotland might not conjure up images of sun, sea and sand, there’s plenty to do in Aberdeen to keep visitors basking in the city’s cosy charm. Its cafe culture, in particular, makes the city well worth a visit in the colder months. We’ve honed the hype to three of Aberdeen’s cosiest cafes, and guarantee that by the time you’ve dipped your first piece of shortbread into a mug of hot chocolate, all thoughts of Barbados will have melted away!
11-15 Thistle Street, Aberdeen AB10 1XZ
With a focus on community and sharing good food, Foodstory is a quirky, welcoming space filled with wonky furniture and an abundance of character, it’s one of Aberdeen’s cosiest cafes. The locally-sourced, mostly plant-based meals are always delicious and the coffee has built a solid fan-base which keeps the cafe cheerfully busy. If you’re after an ethical and arty vibe, this cafe will be right up your street!
73-75 Skene Street, Aberdeen AB10 1QD
If the roof garden and resident cat weren’t enough to earn Bonobo a spot in the top three, the cafe’s effortlessly cool atmosphere and offerings of 100% vegan, 100% delicious soups, scones, sandwiches and hot drinks have cemented its reputation as one of the city’s most sought-out cafes. The menu changes every day but dishes are always fun and filling; savour the seitan shawarma wraps for a culinary revelation and indulge in a decadent marshmallow brownie for a taste of inimitable gooey heaven.