Discover Dundee's Record Shops this Record Store Day

Tuesday 9 April 2024

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Vinyl is having a comeback and there's no better time to explore the vibrant vinyl scene of Dundee than with Record Store Day just around the corner on 20th April. While the iconic Groucho’s is sadly missed in Dundee’s music community, there’s still a fantastic trio of record shops to peruse. Whether you’re a music enthusiast or a dedicated collector, these stores boast an array of modern releases, secondhand treasures, and special editions.

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Assai Records on Union Street
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Assai Records

Assai Records is my go-to for new releases. A bright and welcoming space with more of a contemporary vibe where it’s quite easy to find what you’re looking for without too much distraction. They also host in-store performances and signings (priority entry with pre-order). It also gets bonus points for smelling amazing, I’m not sure what scent the diffuser on the counter was but I want one.

Record Store Day specials: breakfast rolls from Soo Delicious + giveaways including slipmats. Check out the special edition records here.
Where: 34 Union Street, DD1 4BS

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Thirteen Records on Union Street
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Thirteen records Dundee Record Store Day
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Thirteen Records

Just up the road from Assai, you’ll find Thirteen Records which has a very different feel - much more old school and reminiscent of Groucho’s, which makes sense as this shop was set up by former staff members. Alongside vinyl, you’ll find second-hand CDs and cassettes here. I love that there’s such an eclectic range and how it feels like you could find anything in this sunshine yellow shop.

Where: 13 Union Street, DD1 4BN

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Le Freak Records in the West End of Dundee
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Le Freak Records

This quirky shop is over in the West End (just along from one of our favourite coffee spots; EH9 Espresso). Le Freak Records’ aesthetic is so much fun, with vinyl adorning the ceiling, bold colours, and a mish mash of lego and circuit board details on the display units - this maximalist shop invites you to settle in for a good browse while you soak up the atmosphere.

Record Store Day specials editions:
Where: 159 Perth Road, Dundee, DD2 1AR

Other Second-Hand Vinyl Shopping in Dundee

If you enjoy browsing for a bargain (and are willing to look past a lot of traditional Scottish dance records), many of Dundee’s charity shops still have the odd box of vinyl on sale. Oxfam Bookshop on Reform Street has a small dedicated section worth checking out too. If you’re up for a challenge then Errol Sunday Market & carboot sale often has treasure to be found, it’s a huge market so make sure to get there early.

Record Fairs in Dundee

We also have a semi-regular record fair here in Dundee. Coming up on the 16th June and the 25th August, you’ll find an array of traders at the Marryat Hall in Caird Hall from 10am-4pm. Find more info here.

Whether you're looking to grow your collection or start one, there are plenty of options for record shopping in Dundee. I'd love to know where your favourite place to shop is!

Ceramic Painting at Ferry Potty

Sunday 28 January 2024

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I went ceramic painting while I was on holiday not long ago, and had forgotten how relaxing it is, so when I got back I knew I had to plan a visit to Ferry Potty. I’ve often peeped in the window when walking past and thought it looked super cute but this gave me the nudge I needed to actually book it. We managed to squeeze in a wee painting session before Christmas and I had a lovely wholesome mate date with Lyndsey.

You’re best to phone ahead and book, though walk-ins are welcome too. There’s a huge range of blanks to choose from at a variety of price points (starting at £10, most pieces between £15-£30), the price includes your paints, then they glaze and fire it for you in the kiln. We each decided to paint a small plate as it’s a nice flat surface and completely blank canvas - some of the pieces are quite specifically shaped so it seemed they’d be more of a colouring in situation.

There are paints, brushes and sponges on each table, along with a water bowl for cleaning your brush. If you’re feeling cautious (like me!) you can draw a design on lightly in pencil first as it’ll fire off in the kiln. The paint colours go darker once they’re fired but you can see the little heart chips which show the final glossy colours for reference. They recommend you paint 3 coats for a solid colour, though 2 will show some brush strokes which can be a nice effect.

I went for a picnic-inspired design with a pink scalloped edge shape and a red sort-of gingham grid. Lyndsey made a keepsake plate using her wee boy’s footprint which turned out so cute. They also do clay imprints for tiny hands and feet but that’s a 4-6 week process and is by appointment.

We were there for around 2 hours in total, and it was such a nice chill way to spend a morning. We got a text when our plates were ready to collect around a week later. It’s so cool to see them glazed and ready to use - they’re food-safe but need handwashing. I actually love how my plate turned out and am quite tempted to go for a few more sessions to make a multi-coloured set!
Find Ferry Potty at 39 Gray Street, Broughty Ferry, DD5 2BJ / @ferrypotty

Jute Cafe & Bar at DCA

Friday 26 January 2024

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Dundee Contemporary Arts is the place to go for contemporary art exhibitions, cinema screenings (especially indie films), and creative events. At the heart of the venue is Jute - a relaxed cafe and bar offering a range of food, drinks, coffee, and cake. It’s a great spot for a quiet coffee during the day but really comes to life at night.

It’s actually somewhere we regularly go for drinks, sometimes with a cinema visit, as part of Creative Dundee meets and book club, or for the beer garden in summer. It’s always got a great atmosphere so I’m really not sure why it took us so long to go for a meal! Nonetheless, we booked a table at the end of the Christmas holidays and treated ourselves to lunch.

We started with a couple of mocktails. I had the strawberry and apple crush, and David went for the raspberry spritz. These were both lovely, I’ve had the strawberry one a few times when we’ve been to the cinema and it’s always so refreshing and nicely sweet. We double-checked the vegan options on the lunch menu as it turned out there was a typo on the fries (marked vegetarian only but they were vegan too).

I went for the plant-based burger which came with kimchi slaw, crispy kale and gochujang mayonnaise on brioche. This was delicious, I especially liked the crispy kale and would have loved a wee bit more of it. David had the curried coronation chickpea flatbread with crispy shallots, and fennel and apple slaw. It was more of a chickpea curry-type sausage, but the spices were satisfyingly warming and fruity. These dishes both came with rustic fries but we upgraded one to piri piri fries - the piri piri seasoning was tasty but it was only a tiny sprinkle on top rather than tossed through.

The portions were pretty generous, especially for lunch, but I was determined we were going to share a dessert as I’d spotted something exciting - vegan pavlova! This is something I’d made a few times as it’s a favourite in our house, so we were looking forward to trying it. Luckily it lived up to my expectations! Presentation wise, it’s a bit blob-like but it tasted incredible. It was topped with whipped cream rippled with raspberry coulis, and a sprinkling of passion fruit. There was a slice of pineapple between the meringue and the cream which I wasn’t totally keen on, because of the texture, but we still enjoyed it a lot.

David had an oat latte to finish. We noticed a vegan chocolate cake on the sweet counter on our way out so will definitely be adding Jute to our coffee date list for the future.
Find Jute Cafe & Bar at 152 Nethergate, DD1 4DY

Black Mamba Tapas & Cocktail Bar

Saturday 20 January 2024

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Black Mamba opened at the end of last year - a tapas and cocktail bar, serving “tapas without boundaries” from the people behind Giddy Goose. I saw some vegan options on the menu so we went to try it out.

First impressions, the interior is gorgeous; contemporary luxe vibes and I love the attention to detail with the little lamps on the tables. There’s a long marble bench in the centre which would suit communal dining and drinks, or could be fun to book for a special event. The bathrooms are beautiful too, with gold accents and emerald tiles. I’m sure that’s enough about interiors (though it’s very much a topic on my mind as we’re mid bathroom renovation), time to talk food.

I had a tangerine & cinnamon mojit-no to drink which was lovely and refreshing but with delightful warming spice flavours. I love to see a more unique mocktail and there were plenty of interesting alcoholic ones too. We ordered our food and were recommended 2-3 dishes per person and told that they would come out as they were ready.

We basically went for all of the vegan dishes to share; patatas barbacoa (crispy potatoes, Korean with BBQ sauce), padron pepper poppers (tempura, onion ash), Korean fried oyster mushrooms with sticky Gochujang sauce, roasted butternut squash (adapted to be vegan, with whipped tofu), and stir-fried greens (long stem broccoli, bean sprout, spring cabbage and chilli crisp). The food was beautifully presented and the dishes all complemented each other deliciously. I think the stir-fried greens were actually my favourite, but David loved the mushrooms and BBQ potatoes.

The menu has clear labelling for vegan options, though we were dining with non-vegan friends and found that our waiter seemed a bit confused about which dishes were vegan when they were brought out which gave me a wee bit of food anxiety. We were also a bit disappointed that there were no vegan desserts on offer - especially as some of the brunch options include desserty sounding vegan French toast which sounds amazing.

Black Mamba have a selection of offers for weekdays, such as 2 tapas for £9.99 (Mon-Fri, 12-4pm) and Mambacita Club on Fridays (3 cocktails & 2 tapas for £27.99). They also have a wee kids’ menu and high chairs are available. You can even bring your furry friends as Black Mamba is dog-friendly! It’s so great to have new places like this open up, we’ll definitely be back in to try brunch soon.

Follow @blackmambadundee for updates and let us know if you go!
Find Black Mamba at 141 Nethergate, DD1 4DP

Discovery Point + RRS Discovery

Tuesday 16 January 2024

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It had been ages since we last properly visited the Discovery Point but since it’s Dundee Goes Free month we thought we’d pop in and see what’s new. As part of the offer you can visit Verdant Works too - you just need to bring proof of address with photo ID for 1 in every 2 adults in your party. (DD1-DD5 postcodes only.)

Discovery Point is home to RRS Discovery. This award-winning visitor attraction tells the story of the iconic ship ‘Discovery’ from her beginnings in Dundee, her amazing Antarctic expedition with Captain Scott and her voyages and uses thereafter. Through extensive galleries, video and film shows, interactives and artefacts, Discovery Point is a fascinating visitor attraction which appeals to all ages.

The last time we visited was for Art Night, which was a very different experience with music being played on the ship after hours! The museum was buzzing on this occasion too, as locals make the most of the free entry. First off you take a journey through the museum to learn all about the history of the ship’s design, build, crew, and voyages.

Next, you can climb aboard the ship and explore all the levels to see the crews’ quarters, engine room and more. It’s a bit of a maze below deck and really gives you a sense of how it would have been to be part of the expeditions. As you climb to the upper deck you can imagine being out at sea as you look across the Tay.

Since its recent refurbishment, the main update is the Discovery Dome in the top of the Discovery Point. We took the spiral staircase up with its futuristic feeling blue lights, and came face to face with the impressive suspended globe - ‘Gaia’ - by Luke Jerram. The show begins with a climate crisis introduction then turns to the past with an incredible 360 projection on screens at the windows of how the city was once filled with smoking factory chimneys. Afterwards the screens retract to reveal the current skyline. Just a wee note that it was absolutely roasting up here so it may be worth bringing a bottle of water so you don’t feel you have to rush the experience.

It’s been lovely to start the year visiting some of Dundee’s most popular tourist spots, especially when the days are short and you’re looking for indoor activities.
You’ll find Discovery Point & RRS Discovery at Riverside Drive, DD1 4XA