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Shopping in Aberdeen - From Funky Fashions to Farmers' Markets

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Looking for an authentically Scottish memento of your visit to Aberdeen? You'll find stylish souvenirs in and around the city centre, along with amusing kitsch and contemporary fashion. If Scots ancestors lurk in your family tree, you can track down a kilt in your family tartan. Bargain hunters browse the city's eclectic antique dealerships for Scottish silverware, crystal, and vintage jewelry.

Aberdeen city centre

 

Union Street, Aberdeen's main drag, stretches more than a mile through the city centre. Aberdonians buy their fashions, accessories, and electronics at big shopping centres like Union Square and Bon Accord & St Nicholas, straddling Guild Street at the east end of Union Street. Looking for something different? Try browsing the charity shops for vintage jeans, books, records, and accessories. There are more than a dozen such stores along Union Street.

 

  • Union Square, Guild Square, Aberdeen AB11 5RG; Tel: +44 1224 254 300; Website: Union Square
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  • Bon Accord & St Nicholas, Schoolhill, Aberdeen AB25 1HZ; Tel: +44 1224 647 740; Website: Bon Accord & St Nicholas

Shopping around The Green

 

The Green is the focal point of Aberdeen's Merchant Quarter, a buzzing hub of boutique hotels, bistros, and independent stores. It's great for idle afternoons, with plenty of cafés and bars where you can take a break from shopping. Connoisseurs of vintage and elusive brands will find them at stores like Hanon Shop, which stocks sought-after collectable sneakers, or Retrospect, a treasure trove of fashions from the 1960s and 70s.

 

  • Hanon Shop, 51 The Green, Aberdeen AB11 6NY; Tel: +44 1224 213 785; Website: Hanon Shop
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  • Retrospect, 9 St. Andrew Street, Aberdeen AB25 1BQ; Tel: +44 1224 631 278; Website: Retrospect

 

Indoor and outdoor markets

 

You can shop like a local for groceries and everyday necessities at Aberdeen Market. There on the corner of Union Street and Market Street, you'll find butchers, greengrocers, hardware stores, and gift shops. Aberdonians flock to Aberdeen Country Fair, held on Belmont Street on the last Saturday each month. The colourful stalls sell fresh seasonal and organic produce, as well as local arts and crafts.

 

  • Aberdeen Market, 8 Market Street, Aberdeen AB11 5PA; Tel: +44 1224 575 576; Website: Aberdeen Market
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  • Aberdeen Country Fair, Little Belmont Street, Aberdeen AB10 1JG; Tel: +44 1224 649 000; Website: Aberdeen Country Fair

 

Arts and crafts

 

You'll find traditional and contemporary work by local artisans and artists in Aberdeen shops. Knitted and woven textiles, pottery, and silver jewelry are distinctive gifts to take home. You can buy mementos of the city's seafaring history, such as photographic prints and ship models, at the Aberdeen Maritime Museum Shop. Stores like Candle Close Gallery specialize in bespoke furniture, jewelry, and ceramics.

 

  • Maritime Museum Shop, Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Shiprow, Aberdeen AB11 5BY; Tel: +44 1224 337 700; Website: Maritime Museum Shop
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  • Candle Close Gallery, 123 Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BU; Tel: +44 1224 624 940; Website: Candle Close Gallery

 

Antique and vintage stores

 

The antique stores of Aberdeen are great for bargains. Look out for Victorian and Georgian silver brooches and kilt pins set with semi-precious stones such as Scottish topaz, tourmaline and amethyst. You'll find cut crystal Scotch whisky decanters and tumblers in emporiums like the Aberdeen Antiques Centre, on South College Street. Nostalgic for the 20th century? At Peapod, a couple of blocks north of Union Street, you can rummage through an eclectic clutter of collectable homeware and accessories from bygone decades.

 

  • Aberdeen Antique Centre, The Arches, 24 South College Street, Aberdeen AB11 6JX; Tel: +44 7801 441 834; Website: Aberdeen Antique Centre
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  • Peapod, 144 Rosemount Place, Aberdeen AB25 2YU; Tel: +44 1224 635 710; Website: Peapod