Coffee stops in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

I’m a self-proclaimed coffee fiend who’s always on the lookout for a fly cup and fine piece (Doric for cup of coffee and cake) when I’m touring around Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

From an americano with world-famous shortbread, a latte to refuel after a day walking through Royal Deeside or a cappuccino in a castle where Mary Queen of Scots once stayed, the options are endless in North-east Scotland. Here are some caffeine fuelled spots to add to your next trip to Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire:

1. Foodstory

If you’re on the lookout for an alternative coffee hit, Foodstory is your answer. Expect experimental coffee creations like matcha lattes using pea milk and coffee beans from around the world to wow the taste buds. The food here will blow you away too, especially at breakfast time with its cinnamon buns (yum!).

 

2. Books and Beans

Is your head always deep in a book? If you’re in search for a city centre café where you can switch off from the world, Books and Beans will be right up your street. There’s a towering selection of 15,000 second books to read and buy, making it a perfect retreat for book lovers. 

 

3. Dean’s

If a visit to Rizza’s of Huntly and The GlenDronach Distillery is on your list, a stop at Dean’s is a must to complete your foodie trip in Huntly. Taste its world-famous buttery shortbread alongside a coffee in its welcoming bistro and explore the brands history (dating back to 1975) at the factory viewing point on the top floor.


 

4. Finzean Estate Farm Shop and Tea Room

Rest the legs after day cycling the Cairn O’ Mount slug road or climbing nearby mountain Clachnaben, at Finzean Estate Farm Shop and Tea Room,sipping on a fine brew and taking in tranquil countryside views. You’re in a prime spot to recharge the energy levels with delicious home bakes along with an extensive breakfast and lunch menu.

 

5. Delgatie Castle

There’s even coffee stops in castles too. Pull up a seat in the Laird's Kitchen at Delgatie Castle before visiting the bedroom where Mary Queen of Scots once slept. The castle was also home to the Earls of Buchan before they were exiled after Robert the Bruce defeated the English army at the battle of Bannockburn in 1314.

 

6. Blether

Relax in front of a roaring log fire at Blether, which (as the name suggests) is perfect for a good old catch up serving up local produce within a cosy Scottish interior. Dogs are welcome here making it a fitting stop for walkers following The Deeside Way from Aberdeen out to Ballater.   

 

7. Buchanan Food

‘A brew with a view’ is the phrase that comes to mind when at Buchanan Food, and not just because of its setting looking onto the rolling hills of Royal Deeside but the extensive choice of cakes, traybakes that are a treat on the eye. If you fancy a theatre, art gallery or cinema trip, The Barn event programme is bursting with events all year round.

 

8. Mackie’s 19.2

If like me, you rate a coffee and ice cream combo, Mackie’s 19.2 has your name all over it. Prepare to feast your eyes withover 20 flavours to choose from like buttery jam (my favourite) and even haggis ice cream. And don’t just stop at ice cream in a cone, push the boat out and pair it with a waffle or crepe to create the best coffee and ice cream combination.

 

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