Best Coffee Shops in Aberdeen

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When it comes to taking some time for yourself, there’s no better place to visit than a coffee shop for a good latte and even better if it comes with a slice of cake.

Aberdeen has no shortage of independent coffee shops, but there are a few that to us really stand out from the rest.

So if you’re looking for somewhere new to try or you’re visiting the city and don’t know where’s best to go, hopefully, this will help.

Thyme Out

One of our newest favourites has to be Thyme out.

A little bit out of the city centre over in Mannofield, this understated eatery is popular with the local residents and those from farther afield.

Thyme Out sits on Great Western Road and serves up a good range of hot meals and a fine selection of cakes and tray bakes.

Regardless of its less-than-central location, it’s always busy whenever we’ve visited and with free on-site parking, it makes it even easier to visit.

Dog friendly: Yes

Find out more about Thyme Out here.


Cognito has been a popular choice for years now and that shows in the fact that they’ve successfully opened three other cafes in town, with one of them being a residency in the Gordon Highlander’s museum.

Still holding its original spot in Aberdeen’s West end, the St Swithin Street location is small but has a fantastic outdoor seating area which is always bustling in the warmer months.

Cognito offers a good range of sandwiches and toasties and a vast selection of cakes to go along with them.

Dog friendly: Yes (only in outdoor seating)

Parkhill Garden Centre

Parkhill Garden Centre

Parkhill Garden centre is probably the one that’s farthest out of the city centre and in honesty, can sometimes be tricky to find, even for someone like me who’s lived in Aberdeen most of his life.

But, it’s worth the hunt.

Especially if you’re a cake lover, as I would say that Parkhill has the largest range of cakes, traybakes, scones and sweet treats on offer out of all our choices.

Parkhill Garden centre also do hot foods like soups, toasties, and paninis and bigger meals like burgers and chips.

Regardless of when you visit, you’ll always find it busy with people of all ages which is probably due to it being very reasonably priced and great tasting.

Find out more about the Parkhill Garden Centre coffee shop.


Back into the city centre and you’ve got what’s probably the best Vegan/Vegetarian cafe in town.

Just look at their instagram and you’ll understand why. All the food looks incredible!

Located on Rosemount Viaduct, Biocafe is a small but mighty coffee shop only sell “healthy” products, but that doesn’t mean there’s any compromise on taste.

Everything that I’ve tried so far has been delicious.

It’s somewhere that I probably don’t go to enough and really should try more often.

Dog friendly: Yes

Cult of Coffee

If you’re looking for somewhere to just switch off from the world then I’d definitely say that Cult of Coffee is where you need to head.

With no wi-fi or wall sockets, it’s not the sort of coffee shop that you’d be taking your laptop to do some work if you require an internet connection.

It’s the type of place that you’d go and catch up with a friend or curl up with a book and a great coffee and cake combination.

The coffee here is really what makes this place special, offering coffee poured in a variety of different methods.

A real place for the coffee connoisseur……and cake lover.

Dog friendly: Yes

See more details about Cult of Coffee on their Facebook page.

Hopefully this has given you plenty of options to choose from and don’t forget, that this is our personal pick of the best. That doesn’t always mean it’s the same as everyone else.

You should go and try some of these places if you haven’t yet done so and let us know what you think, or if there’s anywhere that you think we should add, let us know in the comments below.

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