Belmont Street in Aberdeen boasts some of the finest independent coffee shops in the city.
Dating from the late 18th century, the granite buildings hold distant history like secrets to their chest, each shop and café façade hiding the ghosts of the past within. The cobbled street runs between Union Street and the Art Gallery, and is largely comprised of characterful cafes in addition to Aberdeen’s only arts cinema.
Dating from 1896, the Belmont Cinema began life as a trades hall. In 1898, a film of Queen Victoria at Balmoral was shown, before the building became a permanent cinema in 1910. After being closed for almost 50 years, the Belmont Picturehouse reopened in September 2000. It is today one of Aberdeen’s most exciting alternative arts venues. Find out more at: www.facebook.com/BelmontFilmhouse/
Belmont Street is Coffee Shop Central. I enjoyed the best hot chocolate of my life at JoJo’s coffee shop www.facebook.com/jojoscoffeeshop/, while at Books n Beans next door, the homemade soup is mouth-watering, vegan and full of divine flavour. Books n Beans is a café and bookshop combo; it is delightful to sit among rows of books as you enjoy a sonnet or two with your scone. Find out more at www.facebook.com/goodcoffeehere
On Little Belmont Street, round the corner, is more culinary treasure. Cup is famous for its exotic collection of teas, complete with exquisite crockery. Check them out at www.facebook.com/Cup-Aberdeen-325187807588024
Next door, the finest Italian cuisine can be savoured at Poldino’s, a longstanding Aberdeen restaurant with stunning internal décor. www.poldinos.co.uk/
Finally, give your stomach a rest as you browse the astounding array of Scottish gifts, homeware and jewellery at Juniper. www.juniperaberdeen.co.uk/