We all know Scotland's food and drink scene is delicious, fresh and varied, but we have some quirky hidden gems across our cities and regions just waiting for you to uncover. From vintage tea rooms to contemporary décor, scenic coastal views and traditional dishes from around the world; there's a bit of everything to tingle your taste buds in Dundee.
So, if you haven't uncovered Dundee's eclectic food scene, here are some quirky restaurants and eateries to get you started.
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1. Gallery 48
What do you get when you combine a tasty food and drink scene with creative artworks and exhibitions? Gallery 48, of course. Nestled in the bustling Westport quarter of Dundee, it's the perfect place to tuck into some mouthwatering tapas and other traditional Spanish dishes. Sip on your favourite cocktail, or find a new favourite, as you browse their multi-faceted exhibition space and ambient atelier, which also hosts regular workshops.
2. Jessie's Kitchen
Just outside the city centre in Broughty Ferry, Jessie's Kitchen is an award-winning family-run café boasting a vintage décor and atmosphere, complete with a range of delicious food, quality coffees, teas and home baked cakes. Browse the gifts for sale, visit the farm shop, florist and garden centre before you go, and soak in the gorgeous views over the River Tay to Fife.
3. Sol y Sombra Tapas Bar
If you're looking for an authentic tapas bar, look no further than Sol y Sombra. A popular spot in Broughty Ferry for Spanish food and culture with the aim of recreating a traditional Spanish family meal with everyone sharing and enjoying a meal. Alongside the restaurant, there is also a wonderful bar boasting a huge range of gins, beers, wines, spirits and cocktails to try.
Spread your wings that little bit further and delve into an exotic Lebanese and Mediterranean menu at Tahini. Their range of spices, healthy food, hot and cold meze dishes and more, make them the perfect place for a quirky romantic meal out or a celebration of any sort.
5. Bird and Bear
If you fancy a night out with delicious cocktail concoctions, Bird and Bear is the place to be. Boasting a bustling atmosphere and a unique décor, complete with hanging bird cages, it's definitely a quirky spot in Dundee. Head along for a tasty experience with some of the highest quality drinks and food in the city.
Tuck into some delectable ramen and sushi dishes at Oshibori located by the Nethergate. Bringing to you the perfect combination of Scottish and Japanese cuisine, indulge in exquisite local produce that is sourced and served up fresh in every dish.
7. The Tayberry Restaurant
Surround yourself in contemporary décor whilst delving into a touch of fine dining at The Tayberry Restaurant - a double AA Rosette restaurant serving up modern Scottish cuisine in Broughty Ferry. Sit back, relax and enjoy this beautiful coastal setting, overlooking the Mouth O' The Tay, and explore the eccentric menus by multi-award-winning chef, Adam Newth.
Set on the bustling Perth Road in the west end of Dundee, Pacamara offers a range of tasty British cuisine. From succulent bacon, Reuben sandwiches and hash browns to sticky toffee pudding, brownies and egg waffles, you'll be spoilt for choice. Wash it all down with a crisp beer or good wine, or enjoy something non-alcoholic such as a chai latte, tea or fresh juices.
Another gem in the picturesque Broughty Ferry, Forgans is a cosy spot to taste some incredible local Scottish produce in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Admire the rustic, wooden décor as you peruse the extensive drinks menu and tuck into fresh, quality dishes. Or why not stop by when a roaring ceilidh or toe-tapping live music is taking place?
10. King of Islington
The King of Islington! You don't have to be a noble or royalty to step foot in this quirky cocktail bar. Crowned Rum Bar of the Year 2018/19, the King of Islington is the home of sugarcane spirits from all across the world, including Guatemala, Guyana, Columbia and Cuba. A true hidden treasure of Dundee - which concoction will you choose?
11. The Bach
Head along to The Bach for some fresh and eclectic dishes cooked up by a couple of wandering Kiwis. Enjoy the very best casual street food, including everything from eggs on toast to hawker rolls and burgers. Complimenting their dishes is rich coffee roasted in Scotland, a variety of wine from all corners of the world, and some good, crisp craft beer from New Zealand.
Get ready for an art-deco evening at Draffens - Dundee's secret bar. Off the beaten track, but also one of Dundee's quirkiest and most popular speakeasy-style bars, once you've found your way in, treat yourself to an innovative cocktail or two, and get chatting to the locals. If you want a drink that isn't on the menu, the experienced bartenders may well be able to mix it up for you.