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!
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!
“A big bonus is that many shops are within a short walk from the NorthLink ferry terminal.”
Beach Boulevard Retail Park
Asda, Brantano, Dunelm, DW Sports, Home Bargains, Pets At Home, Smyth’s Toy Superstore and The Range are amongst the shps 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.
The Bon Accord and St Nicholas Shopping Centres
The Bon Accord and St Nicholas Shopping centres are home to around 78 stores, a food court, 1 Costa Coffee and a Starbucks. Also connected to the Bon Accord Centre is a massive three floored John Lewis! Other popular shops here include Boots, the Disney Store, Game, H&M, Marks and Spencers, Miss Selfridge, New Look, Next, River Island, Topshop and Warehouse. These Shopping Centres are located on Union Street, opposite Market Street; a ten minute walk from the NorthLink Ferry Terminal. They are open 7 days a week from 0900 to 1800 except Sundays where they are open from 1000 to 1700.
The Trinity Centre
The Trinity Centre is situated just up from Union Square. It is usually busy as it has some great shops, including Argos, Debenhams, Holland and Barrett, HMV, Primark, Quiz, Schuh, Superdrug, and Waterstones. The Trinity Centre also has parking available onsite and has the same opening hours as the Bon Accord and St Nicholas Shopping Centres.
The newest of the shopping centres, Union Square is home to designer labels and other shops such as Apple, Fat Face, Fossil, H&M, Hobbycraft, Hollister, JD Sports, Marks & Spencer, Michael Kors, New Look, Next, River Island, Superdry, 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!
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 Jack Wills, Juniper and Books and Beans. Jack Wills (on Belmont Street) is a British clothes designer and very popular amongst the younger generation. 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!
One final note for shoppers is that in May 2016 an IKEA Order and Collection Point opened at Wellington Circle, Aberdeen. Here customers can browse the furniture and homeware range or order items to be collected at a later date.
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.