Dundee Shopping and Districts
(Dundee, Scotland, UK)
Shopportunities are as varied in Dundee as are dining options, and the city has its fair share of shopping malls to start the procedure. Most shops and stores are clustered in the city centre and around the new harbour developments. Within this compact area, visitors can shop, eat and drink all day to their hearts' and pockets' content.
All the best-known High Street names are to be found in Dundee, and on the riverside is a brand new factory outlet guaranteed to give a satisfying and economic shopping experience. The entire city centre recently underwent a £20 million refurbishment and extension, resulting in vast improvements in all of its facilities.
When to Shop and Where
Dundee's three malls are a mix of designer and more traditional, and the city centre is home to regular farmers' markets selling locally made crafts, as well as fresh local produce. In the pedestrianised streets around the main square are many independent designer boutiques, art galleries, tartan shops, antiques stores and home design specialist outlets. Dundee city centre boasts lots of lively street entertainment, which enhances every shopping trip and the friendly pubs and coffee shops scattered around the area.
Dundee's Overgate Shopping Mall is the newest of the three malls here and has the best selection of upscale fashion and goodies for the home, while Wellgate Mall has served shoppers since the 1980s and is a firm favourite. Between the two is the Forum Centre.
The new kid on the riverside block is the City Quay designer factory outlet, proving a great success with city residents and visitors alike. Dundee has a number of up-and-coming local designers catering both for the young and the not-so- young crowd in boutiques around the city centre area.
The huge range of traditional Scots tartans, one for each ancient clan, is the focus of just about everything in the way of souvenirs of a visit to Dundee. From full kilts for those who claim Scottish ancestry, warm blankets, scarves and other wearables, to teddy bears with tartan waistcoats, tartan is everywhere.
Another popular shopping option is the beautiful traditional silver and Cairngorm agate jewellery depicting Scots motifs, such as the thistle. Both antique and modern designs are found in specialist shops. Tasty reminders of your visit are the famous Dundee marmalade, oatcakes and malt whiskies.