Shopping in Aberdeen

Aberdeen may not be as attractive as Edinburgh and Glasgow when it comes to shopping, but there's certainly something for everyone in the city.

Key areas

There are a profusion of smaller independent shops that can be found dotted around the city. For traditional kilts (available for purchase or hire) try Alex Scott & Co, 43 Schoolhill; they also stock a good range of Scottish souvenirs and gifts. Country Ways, 115 Holburn Street, specialises in traditional country and leisure wear. For gifts that won't leave you feeling guilty, head to The Third World Centre, Correction Wynd, which has been trading on fair trade principles for over 20 years. Meanwhile, the West End is good for unique designer boutiques.

Markets

Aberdeen has a number of street markets; the largest is International Street Market which visits the city in spring, winter and summer, and features over 70 large stalls. Everything from food, flowers and crafts from more than 12 countries are available. The market takes place on Union Terrace between Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Aberdeen Country Fair, on Belmont Street, offers around 35 stalls, selling mainly food and crafts from the north east of Scotland. The market is on the first and last Saturday of every month throughout the year, and four Saturdays in December.

The Indoor Market Hall has around 500 square metres of stalls, and is located just off Union Street. The main entrance is on Market Street with a smaller access on Union Street.

Shopping centres

Big malls include The Mall on Union Street; the Academy, Blemont Street and the Bon Accord, George Street. The Union Square shopping mall opened in 2009 on Guild Street and Market Street and houses more than 60 shops and 15 restaurants.

Opening hours

Most of the big retailers are open seven days a week whilst smaller shops close or have restricted openings on Sundays.

Souvenirs

Kilts, jewellery, shortbread, whisky and woollen jumpers are just some of the souvenirs that can be picked up in Aberdeen.

Edited by Tina Banerjee
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