Food and drink in Aberdeen City and Shire

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Aberdeen City and Shire is a region bursting with flavour and the unique tastes of the north-east can be found on restaurant menus from Stonehaven to Peterhead and beyond. Discover an excellent selection of world-class local produce including Aberdeen Angus beef and freshly caught seafood and purchase ingredients direct from the producers at farmers' markets, fish markets and country fairs.

With some of the finest seafood in the world caught just off the Aberdeenshire coast, as well as quality meats, dairy produce and seasonal vegetables, eating out across the area is always an experience, with a wonderful range of restaurants, cafes and bars to choose from. You can also enjoy the beers, ales and whiskies unique to the region and find out more during a behind the scenes tour.

For a foodie experience with a difference, learn how to create the perfect meal at Nick Nairn's Cook School in the heart of Aberdeen and enjoy the fruits of your labour at the end.

Throughout the year there is a packed programme of foodie events including festivals and farmers' markets which perfectly showcase Aberdeen City and Shire's excellent food and drink. Whatever your taste, you are guaranteed to find one to suit you.

  • Comfy sofas are lit by red tealights beside a brick wall adorned with trophy stag heads, smart restaurant seating in background
    The Malmaison Brasserie in the Malmaison Hotel - also known as The Aberdeen Mal, in the city centre of Aberdeen
  • A waitress serves a couple outside at Cafe 52, Aberdeen
    Al fresco drinking at Cafe 52 on The Green, Aberdeen
  • Shoppers browsing stalls at a farmers' market on Belmont St.
    The Country Fair market on Aberdeen's Belmont St
  • Fresh langoustines on ice at a market stall on Belmont St, Aberdeen.
    Fresh langoustines for sale on Belmont St market in Aberdeen
  • The exterior of the Glen Garioch Distillery in Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire
    The Glen Garioch Distillery in Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire
Diners enjoy an evening meal in the ambience of the 'Aberdeen Mal', or Malmaison Brasserie.

Restaurants and places to eat

Find information on the many restaurants across Aberdeen City and Shire where you can enjoy delicious food and drink.

People eat and drink al fresco at the Albyn Bar in Aberdeen's west end.

Bars and pubs

Discover the best bars and pubs throughout the Aberdeen City and Shire

Fresh langoustines on sale at a fishmongers stall at the Belmont Street Market.

Local produce

Get a taste for Aberdeen City and Shire and sample the delicious local produce on offer.

Customers browse the fresh produce at a fishmongers stall at Belmont Street Market.

Farmers' markets

Discover farmers’ markets and farm shops throughout Aberdeen City and Shire, where you can purchase fresh regional favourites direct from the producers and get advice on how best to cook them.

Visitors explore Glen Garioch Distillery, Aberdeenshire on a guided tour.

Drink attractions

Enjoy tours of breweries and distilleries across Aberdeen City and Shire

The exterior of the Glen Garioch Distillery, Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire

Distilleries

Plan a tour of the distilleries in Aberdeen City and Shire where you can see the distilling process and sample a dram of whisky or two. This region is well-known for its whisky.

Champagne glasses are filled ahead of an event in Aberdeenshire

Food and drink events

Find information about a great range of food and drink events across Aberdeen City and Shire