Creative Dundee

More Things to See and Do in Dundee

You may remember our crowdsourced guide to Dundee from last year. We asked you what the must-see places were in the city and, with your answers, produced 99 Things To See And Do In Dundee – a guide that acts as an insider’s look of Dundee for the increasing number of visitors to the city. It is also a great resource if you live in Dundee but want to make sure you’re not missing anything!

This year we would like to update the guide with new places that have popped up since last year or were not present in the first edition, and just like last time, we need your help! Have a look at the guide here or at the marked map of the city and full list of spots below:

What is missing from our current list? 

Please take a few moments to add your views, which we will collate into a free guide available to download online. The deadline for submissions is 9am Monday 8th May.


99 things to see and do in Dundee – current spots 2016


  1. The McManus Art Gallery and Museum has a stunning exterior and is the place to explore Dundee’s impressive global impact.
  2. Dundee Contemporary Arts has everything under one roof – galleries, a two-screen cinema, print studio, restaurant, bar and cafe.
  3. Verdant Works takes you back to Dundee’s jute textile past, with recently refurbished cathedral-like High Mill.
  4. Hannah Maclure Centre is an exhibition and cinema space within Abertay University.
  5. University of Dundee hosts four galleries at Exhibitions at DJCAD, a museum collection, and LifeSpace, a science art research gallery.
  6. Step onboard RRS Discovery to explore the famous polar expedition ship.
  7. Then visit nearby HM Frigate Unicorn.
  8. Dundee Rep Theatre and Scottish Dance Theatre produce and show world class performances.
  9. Gardyne Theatre and
  10. Caird Hall both offer a range of music, theatre and comedy.
  11. Visit Dundee Science Centre for hands-on learning.
  12. For visual art exhibitions often featuring local artists, check out GENERATORprojects.
  13. Folk Café and its sister cafe
  14. The Parlour offer healthy and imaginative daytime bites.
  15. Flame Tree Cafe caters all dietary requirements.
  16. Watch the world go by in Henry’s Coffee House at City Square.
  17. Stop by The Auld Tram for takeaway drinks and sandwiches.
  18. Pacamara has an intercontinental brunch menu.
  19. Taypark House is set in stunning grounds, with Gin Bar and garden.
  20. Tea And Cake,
  21. The Palais,
  22. Avery & Co
  23. Jessie’s Kitchen in nearby Broughty Ferry and
  24. Newport based KitshnBake all do good homemade food and cake, lots of cake.
  25. Visit The D’Arcy Thompson,
  26. The Italian Grill in City Square,
  27. The tiny Agacan for Turkish,
  28. Tahini for Lebanese,
  29. Manchurian for Dim Sum,
  30. Tapas at Sol Y Sombra,
  31. Kobee for teppanyaki,
  32. The Meat House for… meat!
  33. For fine dining, check out Castlehill,
  34. The Tayberry and
  35. The Newport.
  36. George Orwell,
  37. The Speedwell and
  38. The Phoenix.
  39. For something different, The Wine Press, a wine bar with wine vending on tap,
  40. The West House features a print press themed interior,
  41. Jam Jar has a range of cocktails, including Dundee themed ones.
  42. The Art Bar is a West End institution, across from the art school with live music and laid back atmosphere.
  43. For beer, Duke’s Corner have a whole wall of crafts on tap,
  44. visit Scottish craft brewer’s Innis & Gunn’s The Beer Kitchen,
  45. and Brewdog.
  46. Clark’s on Lindsay Street for good live sessions throughout the week.
  47. Formerly a library, The Reading Rooms is an underground club renowned for its ability to cross musical genres and keep things going late, since 2002.
  48. BeatGenerator Live has gigs by new talent and touring bands.
  49. Then if you’re peckish head to Clark’s 24 Hour Bakery for a peh or a Helicopter.
  50. Make sure you visit Downtown Dundee (around Exchange Street/Dock Street), Nethergate/Perth Road/Westport, Union Street and Broughty Ferry.
  51. Groucho’s has rare and vintage finds of the vinyl variety and
  52. Assai has new vinyl and kit.
  53. DCA Shop stocks contemporary design and craft from near and far.
  54. Visit optical boutique, Spex Pistols for frames/lenses and brilliant interior/banter.
  55. Lovely Things, a store which stocks… well, just that.
  56. Fluph for wool and yarn, workshops and classes.
  57. Fraser’s Fruit and Veg
  58. and Clementines, both are local greengrocers stocking the best produce.
  59. Cheese galore at The Cheesery,
  60. HeartSpace Wholefoods with organic produce,
  61. Continental Food Store, up the Hilltown, ‘an Aladdin’s cave of food goodness’.
  62. and step back in time at JA Braithwaite’s, the best place to buy quality ground coffee.
  63. For fashion: The Cartocon Store,
  64. Manifesto,
  65. Hard Grind (for cuts too),
  66. Arkive,
  67. M Boutique,
  68. MC Boutique and
  69. Carnaby’s.
  70. The top of the Law, our extinct volcanic plug, is the best for panoramic views over Dundee, Perthshire, Angus and Fife. ‘The Law offers a great walk and a beautiful overview of the city. From there you can map out places of interest and decide what areas you want to explore’.
  71. Head along Riverside at sunset and admire the Tay Rail Bridge, visit the
  72. Riverside Nature Park, head to
  73. Maggie’s Centre to admire world renowned architect, Frank Gehry’s impressive building, from the outside only. Cycle the Green Circular, 27 mile route around the city.
  74. Stroll along the waterfront, currently being transformed and watch it change daily – also the site of the forthcoming V&A Dundee.
  75. If you appreciate a good statue, check out Dundee’s Penguins, whose outfits change regularly.
  76. Desperate Dan and Minnie the Minx stand at City Square whilst
  77. Oor Wullie sits on his bucket just up the road.
  78. Then visit Bash Street, another city-must for comic book fans.
  79. If you’re a fan of the Lemmings, they look out to the Tay, a stone’s throw from the former site of
  80. DMA Design, where the world famous game was created.
  81. Dundee has many great parks, including: Camperdown Park and Wildlife Centre;
  82. Dudhope with popular skatepark;
  83. Balgay with great views and Mills Observatory,
  84. Baxter Park with a grand pavilion.
  85. Magdalen Green with bandstand is a great space on a sunny day,
  86. and the Botanic Gardens are too.
  87. Kinshaldy Beach at Tentsmuir is stunning and has to be one of the UK’s best, it’s on route to St Andrews.
  88. The Sidlaw Hills behind Auchterhouse are brilliant for endless walking.
  89. Get a day pass on the Number 73 bus and spend your day visiting a trio of great sandy beaches in Carnoustie, Monifieth and Broughty Ferry – have a pint in the Fisherman’s, an ice-cream Visocchi’s; explore the Barnhill Rock Gardens and Broughty Ferry Castle.
  90. Here are a few of the organisations and festivals which keep the city creative as the UK’s only UNESCO City of Design.  Creative workspaces include:
  91. Fleet Collective,
  92. Wasps Studios,
  93. Tin Roof,
  94. District 10,
  95. Unit 5 at Vision includes Dundee MakerSpace.
  96. V&A Dundee run events and activities in the run up to the doors opening in 2018.
  97. University of Dundee,
  98. Abertay University and
  99. Dundee & Angus College all have leading art/design courses and each have Degree Shows running in May.

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