We still start the tour from the meeting point and walk through the heart of the city. On the tour you will eat your way through the city sampling our local specialities from some of the best places in Aberdeen. With a little bit of sightseeing and stories about each of the dishes you are tasting. We include at least 4 food stops and 1 drink stop on our tour and you'll be offered some samples to try. These are included in your tour price.
We don't want to give away all our secrets and we are going to leave a few surprises for you; but don't worry, you won't go hungry. Our regular tour offers a mixture of different foods including; dairy, breads, fish, meat, cheese and alcohol or substitute. In many cases our regular tour can accommodate vegetarian and vegan options.
On this tour your food and drink samples & tastings are included in your ticket.
Be sure to have warm outdoor clothing and be prepared for wet weather. Comfortable walking shoes.
We start the tour from The Craftsman Coffee & Ale House (AB11 6NE) either inside or near the crossing lights on Guild Street.
The Green is the heart of Medieval Aberdeen and where the weekly market used to be held. Today there are several great food places including; Bistro Verde, AVO, Café 52, Contour Café and a selection of Thai & Chinese at the Indoor Market.
The Green also plays host to several of Aberdeen's NUART murals as well as Painted Doors showing a variety of Urban Art and in the summer months there is Inspired Nights, Aberdeen's first street food scene with live music and a great vibe.
One of our sample options at the Green is Bistro Verde's Cullen Skink. Learn about what makes this soup such an iconic North East Dish and discover why we love it so much.
The area of Rosemount Viaduct is a quiet little corner of Aberdeen City where you can find a few hidden gems including; The BioCafe and Bonobo both are Vegan/Veggie focused and make an amazing variety of tasty delights. But we will be focusing on The Bread Maker and their stunning bakery products. There is a story to tell about the bakery as well as our next sample product; the humble Buttery/Rowie. Why does it have two names and what is it? You'll have to wait to find out.
There are only a few food producers in the city centre and Haigs has a very special place. With an onsite butchery, Haigs prepares a vast selection of products including sausages, marinated chicken, burgers and meat packs. They also have a product kitchen from where you can buy tasty home made pies, sausage rolls or ready to eat/heat choices.
Their food hall offers a wide variety of local produce and tasty gifts.
At Haigs we'll find out from the owners their story and why they set up in Aberdeen, how they are growing their business and meeting customer demands while sampling some of their produce.
A North East icon, Mackie's opened their ice cream parlour only a couple of years ago. It is exactly 19.2 miles from the farm so very few food miles for this delicious treat. Mackie's offer a range of creative ice cream flavours and sorbets. They even have a chocolate fountain for you to add a little extra.
In the area of Broad Street there are a few Aberdeen highlights; Andrew Scott's Leopard Sculpture "Poised", why is the Leopard part of Aberdeen's Coat of Arms and what happened to our city Castles?
Finishing up our tour where we started and now it is time to explore the wonderful world that is Whisky & Gin. Aberdeenshire is home to a host of; craft breweries, gin distilleries, rum distilleries and don't forget whisky!
The Craftsman offers a wide selection of these and we will be able to sample some in the form of cocktails or drinks from the bar. We will discover the history and unique features of several of the producers. We may be able to squeeze in a visit to a Gin Distiller in the near future so watch this space!