Shop ’til You Drop – a guide to Aberdeen’s shops

One of the attractions of Aberdeen to Islanders is the huge amount of shops on offer. A big bonus is that many shops are within a short walk from the NorthLink ferry terminal. This is handy when you’ve got lots of bags to carry!

A big bonus is that many shops are within a short walk from the NorthLink ferry terminal. This is handy when you’ve got lots of bags to carry!

We’ve written a guide to the three separate shopping centres in Aberdeen City Centre along with the shopping area on Beach Boulevard. You will also find many other individual shops scattered around the city centre. Please note there is late night shopping every Thursday!

Beach Boulevard Retail Park

Aldi, Asda, Smyths, Pets at Home, Home Bargains, Dunelm, The Range and Iceland are amongst the shops located at the Beach Boulevard Retail Park, so every age group and interest is catered for here! Dunelm, The Range and Asda also have cafés on site so that you can give your feet a rest after a few hours of walking around the shops.

Aberdeen shops - Bon Accord and St Nicholas Shopping Centre

The Bon Accord and St Nicholas Shopping Centres

The Bon Accord and St Nicholas Shopping centres are home to over 70 stores, a food court – including a Costa Coffee and a Starbucks. Some popular shops here include Boots, Jack Wills, Jo Malone, Marks and Spencer, New Look, Next, Office, Superdrug, Waterstones and The Body Shop. These Shopping Centres are located on Union Street, opposite Market Street, which is a ten minute walk from the NorthLink Ferry Terminal. They are open 7 days a week from 09:00 to 18:00 except Sundays where they are open from 10:00 to 17:00.

Aberdeen shops - The Trinity Centre

The Trinity Centre

The Trinity Centre is situated just up from Union Square. It is usually busy as it has great shops including Primark, Trespass, Warren James, Holland and Barrett, HMV, The Works, Toy Town and Flying Tiger. The Trinity Centre also offers cafes and restaurants for shoppers to grab a bite to eat including Greggs and Chopstix Noodle Bar. Parking is available onsite at The Trinity Centre and it is also open 7 days a week from 09:00 to 18:00 – except on Sundays where they are open 10:00 to 17:30.

Union Square Car Park, Aberdeen

Union Square

The newest of the shopping centres, Union Square is home to designer labels and other shops such as Apple, Boots, Clarks, H&M, Hollister, JD Sports, Levi’s, MAC Cosmetics, New Look, Next, The North Face, Pandora, River Island, TK Maxx and Zara. Union Square also hosts a mouth-watering array of restaurants from Cosmo to Frankie and Benny’s to TGI Friday’s. This Shopping Centre houses Aberdeen’s bus and train station and is a five minute walk from the NorthLink Ferries Terminal. Union Square really does have everything under one roof and is a fine first stop when disembarking and last stop when catching the ferry!

Aberdeen shops -Juniper

My Hidden Shopping Gems

Along with these Shopping Centres there are also plenty of stores scattered around the city centre. Three of my favourites are Juniper and Books and Beans. Juniper, nearby on Belmont Street, stocks Scottish-inspired gift items and is quite quirky! Books and Beans is a bookshop and coffee house also located on Belmont Street. It is the perfect place to unwind and rest during a busy day of shopping. As with most shops in Aberdeen, all of these shops are located within a few minutes walk of each other!

Aberdeen shops - Books and Beans

One final note, especially for those shoppers who love a bonnie house, is that there is an IKEA Order and Collection Point at Wellington Circle, Aberdeen. Here customers can browse the furniture and homeware range or order items to be collected at a later date.

Shona LawranceBy Shona Lawrance
A young quine with an energetic sense of adventure but dire sense of direction! Born and bred in the North East of Scotland with a long loving appreciation of the Scottish islands.

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