Having lived in Aberdeen for the past 2 years, I have found a few spots that I like to visit frequently. There are times that Aberdeen can feel grey and weary, especially in the winter months, so hopefully my 5 spots will help you feel a bit inspired to go out and about town!
My uni work spot
Doing reports and studying becomes boring when you are stuck in the same place – for me this is my flat. I personally do not like going to the library to study as it is a bus ride away from where I live. The Caffe Nero across from St. Nicholas has become my go to spot. I usually plan all my group meetings there as well, as all my friends love it just as much. If you pop upstairs there is an area with bigger tables to work on, plus you can enjoy a variety of warm drinks and at the same time make your studying a bit more adventurous than just staying at home!
Shopping on the cheap
Ever since moving to Scotland, charity shopping has become one of my favourite things to do. After finding a pair of Vans for £8 on my first trip to a charity shop – I was sold (literally!). And at the same time you are helping charity, so it is a nice thing to do. My favourite spot for charity shopping is George Street – while Union Street is full of charity shops as well, I feel like those are more obvious. Which is why I enjoy going to George Street to do my shopping. Trust me, you will find loads of great stuff, especially coats and jackets to keep you warm along with other stuff like board games and knick-knacks for your flat!
At first I thought Codona’s was just a place with a few rides and a ferris wheel, however soon enough I found out it also has bowling, mini golf and an arcade. These are the perfect activities for rainy days, because you can go inside and have fun! You can go there with your uni friends or even on a date. I had never played mini golf before and it was much fun trying to give this a go – even though I did not do that well the first time!
Also Student to Student Tip: if you buy a student wristband you will be entitled to some awesome discounts.
Favourite Place to Eat
While Union Square is filled with endless options for food, my favourite place for a bit of a nicer meal (so for the day after SAAS comes in) is Rustico. This is a lovely Italian restaurant hidden away a bit off Union Street. I have been there a few times now and every time you are greeted with the loveliest staff and service. The food is also amazing. Coming from Malta, I do appreciate an authentic Italian restaurant – and this does the job! I like to go here on a few more special occasions such as birthdays or my friends and I enjoy going before we all head home for holidays.
Spot for a chilled Sunday
In all honesty most of my Sunday evenings are spent on the sofa, under a blanket whilst watching a movie. However, on some evenings I do enjoy going out but still prefer to do something that is nice and easy. And my favourite spot to do that is at Bridge Street Social Club, as every Sunday they have a Sunday Session for live music and each week there are different acoustic acts. With a big rocking chair on the side, some bean bags and fairy lights it is the perfect atmosphere to end your Sunday before uni starts again on a great note.
Those are five of my favourite spots for the winter! What about yours? I would love to try out a few new things myself!