Right before my heart surgery, I had the pleasure of spending a Sunday in the town of Dunedin, located in the Greater Tampa Bay area. A little background: Dunedin is between Palm Harbor and Clearwater. The name derives from Dùn Èideann, the Gaelic name for Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland. Naturally, there are plenty of Scottish-American people, and it’s not uncommon to see/hear some bagpipes around town. A town full of cute little boutiques and great food stops, you can’t go wrong. Let’s go on an adventure!
One of the things I love about Dunedin is that it’s such an artsy area. A little kitschy at times, but always fun, Dunedin is so different. We happened to visit during a local crafts good fair. It was really fun walking around and seeing some of the cool things people created and sold.
As I mentioned, Dunedin has a strong Scottish heritage. One of the most popular shops is simply called The Celtic Shop of Dunedin. This little store is run by the sweetest two ladies in the land. They’re very pleasant and if they don’t carry something and can order it for you, they will. The shop carries all kinds of things…from Scottish tartans, to home decorations, to genuine British/Scottish foods. Having lived in the UK, I love this place!
There’s amazing other little shops in the area, ranging from beach/mermaid themes to antique shops. I’d definitely suggest checking out as many as you can. You never know what you’ll find, even in the kitsch-iest of shops. You never know what you might come across!
Another great thing about Dunedin is the food. Wow, wow, wow, is there options for great food in this town. I want to talk about my 3 favorites:
Flanagan’s Irish Pub
As the name suggests, this is a little Irish pub down towards the end of Main Street. Let me tell you, it is phenomenal. The food is great, the staff is friendly, and if you’re lucky, you’ll stumble into some sweet live music. My suggestions? Get yourself a Guinness, start with the loaded potato skins, order the bangers & mash or the fish & chips for your main dish, and call it a day. You’ll have a happy belly & leftovers. Guarantee you won’t regret it.
I love this place so much, my heart could explode. A true wine bar, they have a great aesthetic, great entertainment, and most importantly…great wine. As someone who means it when I say I love wine, this is my dream. I suggest trying some of their funkier wines, like the Hurricane 5, or the Chocolate Orange. Kind of strange, but really tasty. While you’re at it, grab a cheese plate and get fancy.
Strachan’s Homemade Ice Cream
Guys, I can’t even explain how much I love this place. Upon entering you’re hit with the most heavenly, sweet scent and your mouth immediately starts watering. I usually get the Mint Chocolate Chip because I’m creatively basic, but you could order any flavor and I’d stand behind it. The place is super cute, very reminiscent of an old-time ice cream shop. The staff is super friendly, and there’s always a line to get your cone. But trust me, it’s worth it.
If you are visiting the Tampa Bay area this summer, passing through, or even if you live there definitely give Dunedin a shot. It’s very cute, very walkable and something different to do on a nice summer day. Have any of you visited before? What is your favorite part about the town? Let me know in the comments below! As always, thanks for reading and stay golden!