If a wander down to Dundee’s Exchange Street isn’t part of your weekly routine, it may be safe to say that you’re missing out on some tasty flavours and hip happenings.
We love that Heart Space Whole Foods is nestled amongst other small, independent businesses, and we just want to take a moment to highlight all the independent shops on this wee street of Dundee. As the holidays approach, consider bringing your shopping list down to Exchange Street, as there are a plethora of unique gift selections and ideas.
Well, we’ll begin by telling you a bit about ourselves! If you have not yet visited our shop, we urge you to drop in soon. The shelves in our wee corner of Exchange Street are lined with a variety of healthy eats, while baskets overflow with local, organic fruits and vegetables, and freshly-made artisan bread delivered three times a week. We are committed to providing our customers with real foods and supporting local producers as much as possible. Additionally, our Dundee shop features a juice counter with freshly-made juices and smoothies, as well as a daily soup. Check out our meal deal- cup of hot soup, fresh juice, piece of organic fruit, and slice of artisan bread for only £5. Remember to get your loyalty card stamped!
Across the way you’ll find The Flame Tree Cafe- an independently owned cafe with a mix of Scottish and Australian flair. Many visit from near and far to get a taste of their special rainbow bagel, while the array of vegan menu options have left some weeping with delight. Might we suggest the Flame Tree BLT with avocado? Perhaps you’ve seen the recent scone love they received in the Sunday Post. You’ll need to get one of those too.
Tucked away near the car park and up a few stairs, you’ll find a treasure that is The Bach- a cosy space meant to reminisce a run-down Kiwi holiday home. The menu overfloweth with culinary creations that will leave you salivating over a mere description. Order yourself a cup of coffee or tea while you decide between sweet or savoury. Let us put your heart at ease- whatever you choose will be sensational. Go ahead and bring your pup friend too!
Our next door neighbours at Tea and Cake are whipping up delectable cakes all day, it seems. Always offering vegan and gluten-free selections, you’ll definitely want to save room for dessert. Seeking out a cute location for your next afternoon tea date? Jot this spot into your diary. See if you can get yourself into a cushy window seat.
This isn’t your traditional 1940s barber shop, folks. Hard Grind has edge, merch, and a little corner dedicated to playing your favourite video games. All are welcome here, and you’re sure to leave with a selfie-worthy cut… and maybe a cracking new t-shirt and beanie. They’ve just celebrated their 3rd birthday, so pop in and get yourself a little trim.
The newest addition to the independent business family on this wee street, Abandon Ship Apparel opened their flagship shop in Dundee in September. The brand unites art and clothing to create one-of-a-kind wearable designs- sometimes to spark a bit of laughter, other times to ignite real conversations around topics such as mental health.
If you’ve been to our shop in search of tasty cheeses, it’s likely that we have enthusiastically suggested you stroll over to The Cheesery- Dundee’s award-winning, independent specialist cheese shop. As you prepare for the approaching holidays, let the Cheesery assist you in creating the perfect cheese platter. And we’ll take care of your artisan bread, oatcake, and cracker needs. What a match!
Exchange Street offers a bit of glam fashion at Mandi Candi Boutique. Their styles are limited-edition, so visit regularly to see their newest fashions. And don’t hesitate when you see something you like, as it may be gone if you turn away!
J A Braithwaite
Okay, we’re cheating a bit since this shop isn’t technically on Exchange Street, but let’s be truthful here- J A Braithwaite is the oldest shop in Dundee, and they deserve a mention as one of our fellow neighbours around the corner on Castle Street. Stock up on your loose-leaf teas along with all your tea-sipping accessories.
Of course, the award-winning Castlehill Restaurant is at the top of the street, featuring a sophisticated Scottish menu. Incredible Edibles sits just next door to The Cheesery and specialises in homemade cupcakes and mouth-watering takeaway. Exchange Street also offers quite the range of independent barber shops and hair salons along with Hard Grind, including City Barbers, Mirror Mirror, and Mrs. Lovetts!
Come on down to Exchange Street and support your local, independent businesses!
Written by: Evy