Known for its family-friendly attractions, a great selection of shops, and as the UK's first UNESCO City of Design, we already know Dundee is a wonderful city to visit, but did you know there's also some hidden gems and secret spots for you to explore too? You just have to know where to look.
From luxury weekend breaks, and a touch of history, to enjoying a mouth-watering slice of cake in a cosy café, here are a few unique Dundee experiences.
1. Broughty Ferry Shoreline
Combining a mix of big shops and houses on the hillside and small, quaint fisherman's cottages on the shoreline, Broughty Ferry boasts a quirky vibe. Featuring a selection of pubs and restaurants, this seaside suburb is a great place for a stroll along the coast, followed by a relaxing, hearty meal with spectacular views out to sea. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for dolphins playing in the waves!
2. The Flame Tree Café
Just a short walk from many of Dundee’s top attractions, the Flame Tree Café has been attracting rave reviews for its innovative food and drink options, including rainbow bagels, beetroot lattes, milkshakes and tasty wraps and paninis. Check this café out if you have specific dietary requirements too – it offers lots of free-from and vegan menu choices.
3. Dundee Museum of Transport
A lesser known attraction in the heart of the city, Dundee Museum of Transport is a great day out for the little ones, and bigger ones alike, featuring a wide range of classic and modern modes of transport that have been used throughout the years. Get involved in events, listen to fascinating talks, and buy a souvenir to take home from the onsite shop too.
4. Taypark House
If you're looking for a little spot of luxury, then look no further than Taypark House. This stunning baronial mansion boasts a delicious menu in the café and restaurant - set in the original dining and drawing rooms - with gourmet sandwiches, grazing boards, tempting home baking and more to enjoy.
5. Agacan Kebab House
Who needs flashy lights and interior décor when you can have a Turkish kebab shop and art gallery in one? Agacan on Perth Road is a small family-run business - making it the perfect spot for an authentic Turkish dinner or a tasty takeaway, all whilst appreciating the quirky art and vibrant atmosphere.
6. Dundee Treasure Trail
Venture around Dundee on this fun, family-friendly treasure hunt. Explore the Dundee Treasure Trail to discover new places, learn more about the city's monuments and structures, and solve sneaky clues along the way - all on this self-guided route. Starting at Yeaman Shore, wander the streets of Dundee and pass by Albert Square, City Square, Howff Cemetery and more en route.
7. Old Steeple
Uncover Scotland's oldest surviving medieval church tower - the Old Steeple. This tower has withstood over 500 years of battles, armies and attacks, and is now home to a collection of medieval carved stones, an Antiquities Room, and the Cap House. For those who aren't fazed by heights, make sure you climb the 232 steps to the top of the tower and enjoy the scenic bird's eye view of the city - don't forget your camera!
8. Royal Tay Yacht Club
Ever wanted to find your sea legs? Or even try out sailing? Head to The Royal Tay Yacht Club boathouse overlooking the Tay where you can learn all about sailing, and take part in events, sailing days, training courses and races. If you prefer dry land, you can still learn about sailing, the boats, models and more at the Model Boat Club in the east end of the city.
Have you ever wanted a delicious bakery-style midnight snack? Well, head to Clark's 24 Hour Bakery for their fine selection of pies, as well as paninis, baguettes, homemade soup, cakes, ice cream and more to enjoy at any time you fancy.
There's plenty of independent and quirky shops as well as markets, and boutiques to browse through in the city centre. For example, Dundee's Indie Markets boast spectacular work and creative pieces from artists, jewellers, designers and artisan food producers as they all come together in a pop-up style market place - great for during the summer months.
Discover more about Dundee and find great accommodation in and around the city, or check out our city breaks to find the must-visit attractions and hidden gems in Scotland's other cities.