The Butterfly Cafe, Dundee – ‘Dee Will Rock You

Haud the bus! There’s a splendid, new addition to the Yes City of Scotland’s ever-burgeoning, cafe culture scene. Dundee Common Weal‘s Butterfly Cafe only arrived at the tail-end of last year, but is fast becoming a key pit-stop for the discussing of lefty politics over lattes (yaaaassss!) It’s a bright, spacious premises in the heart of the city’s Commercial Street with bags of playful, creative flair in its decor. Origami, butterfly mobiles and pretty, paper flowers dangle overhead, old-skool toys on display in the windows and curios ahoy festoon the place. I personally delighted in a Millenium Falcon suspended from the ceiling, Lego in the table drawers and a pinball machine in one of the corners just itching to be played … this place is a nostalgia nerd’s dream!

The Butterfly Cafe, DundeeDecor in the Butterfly Cafe, Dundee

They do a small but perfectly formed, Menufesto consisting of delicious ciabattas, toasties and salads. My chicken Caesar was particularly legendary. Oh, and did I mention the cakes which also include gluten-free options?

Caesar salad at the Butterfly Cafe, Dundee.


Flat white in the Butterfly Cafe, DundeeThe staff are very attentive and helpful, and it was good to chew the fat with them about the recent UK election results. They also told me that one of my favourite journalists and broadcasters, Lesley Riddoch sometimes records her podcasts in this very cafe. As if this place wasn’t cool enough!

Children's playroom in the Butterfly Cafe, Dundee

What’s most impressive about The Butterfly Cafe is the inclusive nature of the venture. Not only is it incredibly, family-friendly as they have a big and well-equipped playroom for kids (I had to practically drag my niece out again after she had had a whale of a time making pals, dressing as Wonder Woman and playing Wendy Houses), but there has also been a lot of thought put into making the place accessible for wheelchair users. The cafe plays host to an array of political and social events, and has a book/merchandise shop in it too. I bought a couple of their rather fetching, Common Weal Dundee mugs as well as a copy of Lesley Riddoch and Eberhard Bort’s McSmorgasbord to keep my brain challenged.

Book corner in the Butterfly Cafe, Dundee

Stewart Bremner illustration

People Make Glasgow, but Community Is Dundee. In addition to it being a lovely place, The Butterfly Cafe is also a great social hub for meet-ups and discussion. A venue which brings together culture, politics and community in a welcoming and open space. I can’t think of a more fitting cafe for my hame toun, nor can I imagine a city more deserving of a such a great community resource. Good work Common Weal Dundee. It’s definitely a big, Take It From A Local thumbs-up from us!

Find The Butterfly Cafe, Dundee on this handy map here.

The Butterfly Cafe, 28-32 Commercial Street, Dundee, DD1 3EJ

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