An Ideal Durham Saturday Planned Out

Bored of the same repetitive weekend in Durham, searching for places to go or things to do, and have had enough of Tesco being an ‘activity’ for the day? Well, alas as here is your next Saturday in Durham sorted.

Let’s start with the morning essentials to start the day off in DU right, coffee and some breakfast. Let’s attempt to venture away from the go-to Flat white kitchen or Whitechurch and try something a little new, yummy, AND economical. Maple Patisserie which is located on Riverwalk provides a breakfast that will set you up for the day. Why not indulge in a croissant, pain au raisin, pan au chocolate, shortbread or a slice of cake alongside a quick cuppa or coffee? Although a recent convert to coffee, I can vouch that the coffee is just perfect. While the cafe alone is a gem within the heart of Durham, why not reap a perk alongside your breakfast with the wild card, and grab a classic coffee and pastry for only £4.50. If that doesn’t set the day off right, we aren’t sure what will.

It’s now time to burn off that morning breakfast with a walk along the River Wear. Following the steps down near Framwellgate bridge, follow the riverside path until you reconnect to Church street (near Kingsgate bridge). The views of Durham Cathedral from the riverwalk can be appreciated with the company of a friend or through indulging in a podcast. It’s safe to say the views never get old.

From here, how could you start the day off better than some retail therapy. Following New Elvet road and crossing Elvet bridge, you will only be conveniently met with an array of shops. You’re always likely to find a hidden gem in Oxfam, they are also known to have a vast array of dress up options for your next social. Alternatively, you could also pop into Wild and Funk to have a look at all their nick nacks (look at the Jelly cats), or even treat yourself and drop into Threads. Threads is one of Durham’s newest additions at 76 North Road, and oh my, does it have the best vintage pieces. Holding vintage Carhartt, Adidas, Nike, Dickies, North face and Levi, just to name a few. The store restocks daily, so pop in to see the selection of vintage clothing and sportswear they have to offer. It even gets better than that, as those of you who are wild card members can secure 10% of EVERYTHING in the store.

Enough retail shopping for one day, it’s now time to take it easy on the student bank accounts and grab a cheap drink or snack. A quick pit stop at Boat Club doesn’t go a miss, especially when you can secure two aperols for £8; not quite sure what’s not to love. Or even better, wildcard members can grab 2 Stellas for £6. For those of you who are looking to fill a sweet craving, venture into Chapters to be met with their vast cake display or even mix things up a little and grab a waffle from Bubble Waffle Society. For those wild card members, this may be slightly more appealing, considering deals can be found on their waffles, milkshakes and sundaes.

As the evening dawns upon us, it could be time to round up the evening with one of Durham’s greatest gems, Barrio Comida. Although you may be quite full having indulged all day, the tacos cannot go a miss. The place is famous for its Tacos and has quite the speciality when it comes to its tortillas. Fun fact, Barrio Comida imports their corn from Mexico, and each and every day, they make their own corn tortillas. For those of us who are wildcard holders, it gets even better, as you can secure 15% off the WHOLE food menu. Once full of tacos and tortillas, it would be rude not to make a quick appearance in Babylon, or for the more sensible, get tucked and have an early one ready to be fresh and revived for the coming week.

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