A Dundee Bruncheon
Posted : 6 March 2020
Brunch: not quite breakfast, not quite lunch. And the perfect way to start the day after the long lie which a short city break deserves.
Dundee has a thriving café culture, with plenty of places to enjoy a mid-morning meal. So where to choose? Rather than tell you our own favourites, we’ve picked some of the best online reviews for local eateries.
The Herald said that Pacamara’s “poached eggs are a particular standout” having the café place second on their list of top 15 brunch places in Scotland! Situated on the Perth Road, it’s just the perfect distance from the centre of town to walk off anything that took your fancy. It offers artisanal dishes in a relaxed café atmosphere but it’s the show-stopping coffees that will have you going back for more.
The Bach, a ‘Kiwiana’ style café has always been a Dundee favourite. With breakfast tacos and harissa eggs on offer, The Bach offers a global approach to brunch. A review in The Courier loved an “atmosphere that was probably the most metropolitan and buzzy of all eateries in central Dundee” So why not transport yourself across the world right here in the heart of the city?
When you need that little extra time in bed - either because you’re an easy-like-Sunday-morning person or because the nightlife was just too good to get to bed early - you’re in luck. The Westport, Dundee’s bustling cultural quarter, offers a wide range of eateries that are perfect for every taste and budget. There are three brunch spots on Old Hawkhill: The Westhouse, Parlour Café and The Tinsmith. The Last is your cure-all, late-night-next-morning remedy, serving up traditional Scottish breakfasts that Facebook reviewers deem ‘great value for money.
A hop across the street is a local and visitor favourite, although it’s hard to spot, with no signage or branding. The Parlour Café is an artisanal gem that everyone wants to keep as their secret. Olive Magazine describes it as a “relaxed neighbourhood café” which “serves hearty modern food for breakfast and lunch” or as we like to call it -brunch!
Completely different in style but sure to delight all ages and taste buds is The Westhouse, located on the same street. Their fluffy pancake stacks come drenched in Nutella or maple syrup, perfect for a sweet tooth, which Life like Alyx said it “is just the perfect sweet breakfast treat!” It’s the poached egg menu that appeals to the savoury food lovers though. Perfectly executed Eggs Benedict and all its variants are the perfect (late) start to the day!
If wholesome with a fresh twist is your thing, it might be worth a visit to BuBu. Located on the busy Nethergate, it’s the perfect spot for people-watching and letting the morning float by. Their food, much like The Parlour, has a contemporary quality (something you and your Instagram will both enjoy). Olive Magazine mentions the “lovely rich coffee” they serve to accompany “hot egg and chorizo pots, among other choices.”
Bubu’s sister venue is the oh-so photogenic Bird and Bear, situated on the waterfront and styled beautifully. They serve their own style (in every sense of the word). A review in The Courier said their menu was “interesting and different and varied” and that their choice of brunch was “cooked to perfection.” Bird and Bear also blend food and atmosphere, serving up a ‘hip-hop brunch’ every weekend, like a midday party, what’s not to love?
On probably the trendiest street in Dundee is the Flame Tree café, whose bagels are as colourful as the vibe on Exchange Street. Their rainbow bagels have put them on the brunch map since opening and reviewers on happycow.net love the number of vegan options available. One review mentioned the “friendly staff and great atmosphere” which are much-needed accompaniments to a good brunch in the city.
These are just a few of the amazing brunch places we have on offer, so break the rules of standard meal times and book your next brunch here in Dundee!
Don’t forget to download our DundeeEats map, find your favourite place and be sure to let us know what you think!
by Rachael Clarke