If you are wondering where to eat in Cardiff, Wales, then hold on to your seat. I’ve selected 12 of the best bars, cafes and restaurants in Cardiff where you’ll be sure not only to have a great meal, but also a unique dining experience.
GREAT BARS, CAFES AND RESTAURANTS IN CARDIFF GUIDE
What I really liked about most of the restaurants in Cardiff that we visited this Winter, was that there was so much local food to try! It seems that the Welsh are quite proud of their gastronomical heritage -and they should be!
Welsh food is honest and hearty, made with fresh seasonal ingredients. Check out the website of visit Wales, as they have some tasty recipes for you to try out!
Restaurants in Cardiff City Centre
Name: The Potted Pig
Address: 27 High Street
Located in a former bank, The Potted Pig has a great atmosphere and serves up some of the best food in Cardiff. I thought the service was impeccable, I haven’t seen such good trained (and genuinely kind) staff for a while! The menu is constantly changing as they only use fresh and seasonal products. The only remark I would have is that it was quite noisy inside (probably because of the arches bouncing everyone’s voices back), making it hard for me to understand everyone at the table.
Name: Madame Fromage
Address: Unit 18, Castle Arcade
All.The.Cheese. I went a little crazy and ate almost all of them. After I was full, I ate some more. They also have a great shop where you can buy the cheeses you liked most! Really, this place is -besides cheese heaven- a great place for slow food lovers as well. All produce is wherever possible sourced locally from independent producers from within Wales. And you can really taste the quality!
Bars & Coffee Places in Cardiff City Centre
Name: Coffee Barker
Address: Unit 13, Castle Arcade
The interior here was absolutely incredible. Just love the style! I ordered a hot chocolate (which was actually hot, very hard to find in the UK for some reason) and a very tasty Flapjack (with icing, yay!).We had a seat next to the window and the big, leather chairs were really comfy.
Name: Science Cream
Address: Unit 28, Castle Arcade
Liquid nitrogen rapidly creates minuscule ice crystals, quickly evaporating after coming into contact with the ice cream base. The ice cream is frozen in seconds and it has a velvety texture and a creaminess that you won’t find elsewhere. I’ve never had such a unique ice cream before I must say, and I wasn’t disappointed. Great taste and quite the spectacle.
Name: Y Mochyn Du (now called “Brewhouse and Kitchen”)
Address: Sophia Close
I loved that they served two Welsh ciders I never tasted before! Then came the atmosphere and that both made for a great night out! They have 4 Welsh regional real ales on tap, local guest ales and some European Lagers. I read they also serve food with locally sources products wherever possible. Good job!
Afternoon Tea in Cardiff
Name: Pettigrew Tea Rooms
Address: Bute Park, Castle Street
Great for: A Classic High Tea
Cardiff Bay Restaurants
Address: Bute Place, inside Millennium Centre
The service at ffresh was really good, people were friendly, knowledgeable and clearly wanted us to have a good experience. I always love restaurants with an open kitchen, which ffresh has, and the spacious setting of the restaurant was also very pleasant. And the food? Can’t even describe it. Not a wonder they got listed in the 2015 Michelin & Good Food Guides!
Mimosa Kitchen & Bar
Unfortunately this restaurant is now closed!
Name: Fabulous Welshcakes
Address: 14 Bute Street, Mermaid Quay
This cute little shop makes a great stop-over for getting yourself some Welsh souvenirs. We tasted the ´Festive Spice´Welshcakes, especially there for the holiday season and loved them! The ladies in the shop are very friendly and patient with tourist that come in to try some of the famous (and indeed fabulous) Welshcakes.
Other Highlights in Cardiff
- Name: Urban Tap House (Now called “Tiny Rebel Cardiff”)
- Address: 25 Westgate Street
- Great for: A Variety of Beers & Ciders
- See this restaurant on TripAdvisor >>
- Name: Norwegian Church Arts Centre Cafe
- Address: Harbour Drive, Cardiff Bay
- Great for: Coffee with a View
- See this restaurant on TripAdvisor >>
As you can see, there is so much good food in Cardiff, and we only scratched the surface! I hope this guide helps you a bit on deciding where to drink and eat in Cardiff. I really enjoyed every single place we went to, and can’t wait to go back to taste some more.
If you have any favourite bar, cafe or restaurant in Cardiff, let me know below!
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Disclaimer: Nick and I visited Cardiff and all these lovely places on invitation of Visit Wales. All opinions and extra belt sizes are 100% our own.