The Best Places To Eat In Aberdeen For Students Revealed

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Are you ready to dive into the vibrant and exciting world of Aberdeen’s food scene? Whether you’re looking for somewhere to grab some lunch after a long morning of lectures, or gearing up for a special occasion with friends, in Scotland’s Granite City you’re spoilt for choice. 

This picturesque city has cuisine from all over the world on offer, with something to suit everyone’s taste and budget, and the best part is, a worthy place is never too far away from your luxury student accommodation. 

So, without further ado, let’s dive into the best places to eat in Aberdeen for food lovers in 2023! 

Aberdeen best places to eat

1. 8848 Restaurant

Situated on Union Street, 8848 Restaurant is the place to be for authentic Nepali and Indian cuisine. 

The dishes at this multi-award winning restaurant are made from high quality, fresh ingredients and the spices are ground fresh, with plenty to choose from. 

A highlight of their menu has to be the chef’s signature special, Lamb Shank Rogan Josh served with fluffy steamed basmati rice. 

For a vegetarian option, go for their Bikaneri Paneer Tikka, made with traditional charred cottage cheese, coriander, crushed chilli and hung yoghurt. 


Address: 347 Union St, Aberdeen AB11 6BT

2. No.10 Bar and Restaurant

Searching for the best places to eat in Aberdeen? No.10 Bar and Restaurant should be your first port of call. 

Situated in Aberdeen’s West End, this stylish restaurant specialises in a wide range of dishes with a contemporary twist including steaks, seafood and burgers. 

No matter your dietary requirements, there’s something to suit all with vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options on the menu here. 

For us, a must-order is the Tandoori Loin of Monkfish with Bombay sweet potatoes, cherry tomato salsa and lime yoghurt. 

If you’re in the mood for a few tipples, there’s a well-balanced selection of wines, spirits, cocktails and real ales here too! 


Address: 10 Queen’s Terrace, Aberdeen AB10 1XL

3. Mi Amore

Need your fix of traditional Italian cuisine whilst studying in Aberdeen? Head to Mi Amore.

Located on Huntley Street within walking distance of His Majesty’s Theatre and Aberdeen Music Hall, this hidden gem offers a relaxed dining experience. 

Here you can enjoy a wide range of authentic Italian dishes made with a modern twist, from antipasti to pasta to pizza to risotto to pesce. 

In terms of what to order, you can’t go wrong with the Puttanesca with tomato sauce, mozzarella, anchovies, onions, black olives and capers. 

Open 6 days a week for lunch and dinner, this place is an excellent option when it comes to eating out, so be sure to check it out! 


Address: 80-82 Huntly St, Aberdeen AB10 1TD

4. The Braided Fig

Next up in our round-up of the best places to eat in Aberdeen is The Braided Fig.

This modern, family-run restaurant on Summer Street serves Scottish-inspired plates, international dishes, as well as Sunday roasts. 

Not sure what to tuck into? We recommend their Honey Chilli Chicken Wontons, with tempura chicken pieces, wonton pastry and flash fried fragrant vegetables.

For a plant-based option try their Sun Blushed Tomato, Pesto and Feta Mac and Cheese, it tastes amazing. 

Owned by a local couple who focus on great food and customer service, you’re sure to be writing home about this place! 


Address: 39 Summer St, Aberdeen AB10 1SB

5. Chaophraya

Studying in Aberdeen and after a taste of Thailand? If so, look no further than Chaophraya

Located in the heart of the city centre on Union Terrace, this stylish restaurant has an impressive mix of classic Thai dishes.

If you’re eating out with your friends, we highly suggest the sharing platter to start, with Thai chicken tacos, chicken satay, chicken spring rolls, tempura prawns and spicy duck salad. 

For your main, go for the Sweet & Sour Crispy Chicken with Dragon Fruit, peppers, onions, tomatoes and pineapple topped with pomegranate seeds and spring onions.

If you don’t want to leave the comfort of your student flat, you can even order through Deliveroo to enjoy at home! 



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Address: 1 Union Terrace, Aberdeen AB10 1NJ

6. Maggie’s Grill

Aberdeen has no shortage of fantastic local eateries, and a firm favourite for both students and locals alike is Maggie’s Grill.

Inspired by the flavours of New Orleans, Maggie’s is the place to be for some home cooked soul food goodness. 

The extensive menu here features an array of freshly cooked BBQ food and Cajun cuisine, made from meat which is locally sourced from Scottish farms.

A favourite of ours has to be the BBQ pulled pork, served with hush puppies, house pickles and a side of house cut fries. 

If you’re dining out with your besties, they also offer a range of beers, wines, bourbons, whiskeys and spirits to choose from too. 



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Address: Unit 2, Marischal Square, Aberdeen AB10 1BL

7. Cafe Harmony

Serving homemade Italian and Mediterranean dishes, Cafe Harmony is somewhere that hits the spot every time. 

The food here is made fresh and never fails to impress, with a favourite of ours being their Harmony Tagliatelle with creamy spinach and king prawns.

For those with a sweet tooth, be sure to try their Sicilian Cannoli for dessert, it’s absolutely mouth-watering. 

With a warm and welcoming atmosphere, this quirky place is the perfect place to get together with friends on your next outing! 



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Address: 21 Bon-Accord Terrace, Aberdeen AB11 6DP

8. Tango Turtle 

Tango Turtle has become an institution when it comes to the best places to eat in Aberdeen, and rightfully so. 

Whether you’re after a quick lunch in between lectures or an evening meal with your friends, this exciting Caribbean inspired restaurant is a must. 

From jerk chicken to oxtail stew to plantain burgers to sago fritters to panko shrimp, this place is a real gem with so many high quality dishes to choose from. 

If you’re fancying a night in, you can order from here through UberEats straight to your door – don’t mind if we do!



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Address: 9a Little Belmont St, Aberdeen AB10 1JG

9. Foodstory

Searching for a daytime retreat to enjoy some brunch with your friends? Foodstory is a must-visit. 

Launched in 2013, at this intimate cafe you can chow down on the likes of sourdough toasties, focaccia sandwiches, brunch bowls, salads, pastries and cakes. 

When your food cravings hit, order their Brunch Focaccia with smoked bacon, hash brown, tomatoes, Foodstory hot sauce and mayo on a house sourdough focaccia. 

Open 7 days a week from 8am until late, this place is definitely somewhere you need to experience whilst studying in Aberdeen. 


Address: 11-15 Thistle St, Aberdeen AB10 1XZ

10. Moonfish Cafe

Concluding our guide to the best places to eat in Aberdeen is none other than Moonfish Cafe.

Located in the city’s Merchant Quarter, this stylish restaurant is featured amongst the prestigious Michelin Guide, with fine dining options from MasterChef finalist Brian McLeish. 

To start, why not try their smoked Salmon Rilette with pickled cucumber and toast? Then for your main order their Hake Motoyaki with aubergine, miso, coriander. 

If you still have room for pudding, you have to try their salted chocolate mousse with hazelnut and cherry.


Address: 9 Correction Wynd, Aberdeen AB10 1HP

That’s it from us on the best places to eat in Aberdeen for students, and it’s safe to say, no matter where you choose to dine, there’s an array of amazing local cuisine to try. 

What are your favourite restaurants in Aberdeen? Have you tried out any of our recommendations? We’d love to hear from you @prestigestudentliving.

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