Dundee has the best shopping in its area. Its not quite up to the standards of Edinburgh or Glasgow, but is better than Aberdeen. The great thing about Dundee is most of the shops are in a small area. There are two big shopping centres, the Wellgate and the Overgate centre. These are linked by the HIgh Street along which most other national chain stores are located. Running off the high street are lots of little streets and wynds, along which you can find individual independent stores which are little treasures. There is also the Forum Centre, which is like an indoor market. This is hidden up a tunnel off the High St and can be bizarre but you can find lots of cheap bargains in there.

Starting with the Overgate as this is the newest centre. Apparently its the world's only one sided shopping mall. This means its got a big glass window down one side. It has a couple of good jewellers, a large new Debenhams, Next, H&M, River Island, Primark and New Look to name but a few for those of you looking for a cheap fashion fix. Plenty of places to stop for a coffee if your batteries are running low. Starbucks, the epitome of globalisation, of course being present.

The Wellgate used to be the place to go but most people just walk through it now it seems however with new redevelopment cash being pumped into the centre, there are plans for a cinema and more. Just now it caters Home Bargins, New Look, BHS and Poundland. There is also many independent retailers.

The High Street again has a good selection of fashion shops, Next, Zara, H&M, Topshop plus a M&S and a Tesco Metro. As mentioned before, it's worth wandering up and down the side streets. Dundee city centre doesn't spread out that far and is pretty safe. Commercial St, Castle ST, Reform ST and Union ST are all worth looking up and down. You'll find lots of little nice eating places or shops on these streets. And it's good to get away from the big chains sometimes. There are two great shops for souvenirs Sutherlands near the Overgate which does all things Scottish, and Keillers China Shop in Castle St which has just about everything from Swarovski to Betty Boop ( they do 10% discount for cash on many items so go to the cash point first). It really is an experience,  have never seen so many things packed in one shop, certainly worth a look.

Two particularly characterful establishments are J. A. Braithwaite Ltd (coffee merchants) and Fisher & Donaldson's (bakery). Hardly changed since the 19th century, Braithwaite's is a very old fashioned and tiny shop in Castle Street in the city centre, selling numerous types of coffee beans.

There has been a resurgence in part of Dundee.  Dock Street and Exchange Street have been transformed with a variety of independent retailers opening their doors, well worth a nosey round when visiting Dundee.  

TAnnCake makes some great food and the menu changes daily. Lovely Things in Dock Street is a must visit destination for shopping in Dundee, great shop for gifts and home furnishings.  The Cheesery is a must for Cheese Lovers, huge variety to choose from.

All in all, Dundee caters for all your shopping needs, it has a nice feel to it, with little touches like bronze sculpture dotted around the place  (keep your eyes peeled for the mischievous monkey).  You can feel safe there to explore  and everything is within close walking distance. There are good tourist attractions too such as the Discovery Point, Verdant Works, DCA, Sensation, HMS Unicorn to name but a few. Dundee is definitely worth a visit. Also its in a great central location for access to other cities in Scotland. The world's best golf courses are just a short distance away.