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23 hidden gems in Cardiff you are unlikely to find within the pages of a journey information

It is called town of castles and town of arcades – amongst others – and is steeped in historical past, soul and boasts some fairly spectacular sights to behold. So, it comes as no shock that a big proportion of holiday makers to Wales, annually make pitstops within the Welsh capital of Cardiff to absorb all of the wonders on supply.

With Cardiff Citadel, St Fagans, the Principality Stadium, Bute Park and lots of extra being staple vistas vacationers will most positively discover in a information e book of town, there are some absolute gems you could not know of however merely should go to to get the true expertise of Cardiff in all its glory.

Fortunate for you, whether or not you’re a customer or veteran of town, we’re rounded up 23 of simply a few of our favorite discoveries so as to add to your itinerary, for a very magical time within the Welsh capital. You will get extra Swansea information and different story updates by subscribing to our newsletters right here.

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Upstairs in Cardiff’s Indoor Market

Cardiff indoor market. Image taken by Delme Thompson

The market itself is a chunk of historical past that may be a necessity to traipse round on any Cardiff itinerary. It opened in 1891, and throughout the 18th century, was thought to have housed a farmers’ market. Now, 140 years on, it’s remaining true to its roots with a number of quirky additions. However whilst you’re spoilt for selection on the bottom ground, don’t overlook to make a journey up the steps and marvel on the unbiased retailers and meals stalls on the highest stage’s balcony. With an array of shops – together with a file store, espresso, avenue meals and clothes – you’ll be met with a complete lot of tradition, delicacies and historical past in a single fell swoop.

The place: 5-7 St Mary St, Cardiff CF10 1AU

Wellfield Courtroom Arcade

The arcade off Wellfield Road, Roath, is its own little community full of independent businesses
The arcade off Wellfield Highway, Roath, is its personal little group stuffed with unbiased companies

You’ve heard of the numerous Victorian arcades which dominate Cardiff’s metropolis centre, however journey simply 5 minutes out of the hustle and bustle and into Roath and also you’ll discover Wellfield Courtroom Arcade on Wellfield Highway. Adorned with umbrellas or bunting (depeding on the time of 12 months), classic objects from Penny Lane Classic, smellies from Amphora Scents and French meals from Cafe Du Chat Noir, this quaint little portico is one Cardiff quirk to behold. You possibly can learn extra tales about Cardiff right here.

The place: Wellfield Highway, Cardiff CF24 3PB

Forest Tearooms

In your jolly round Wales, you’re going to go to Castell Coch – and if it isn’t but in your plan… it’s essential to add it. However in your means again to town centre from the conically-roofed fortress, cease off on this little cafe, whose homeowners additionally run it alongside a enterprise promoting wooden burning stoves – which adorn the place for the final word snug-feel. It’s additionally been raved about on TripAdvisor. One assessment stated: “Stopped right here with the canine after strolling our socks off across the close by trails. We sat subsequent to a log fireplace on some comfortable seats and recharged our batteries. It was a quiet Thursday afternoon, you would shut your eyes and take heed to the mild sounds of the fireplace and really feel completely relaxed… Don’t go anticipating a Starbucks, however go for a special expertise the place the easier issues are charming.”

The place: Heol y Fforest, Tongwynlais, Cardiff CF15 7JR

Garlands Llandaff and Deli Bach

Outdoors Garlands on the Excessive Road

In the event you’re crazy about lilies or go cuckoo for carnations, this vibrant unbiased florist, which gives not solely flowers, however fantastically designed handmade items in Llandaff, simply 25 minutes from town centre, is a slice of heaven. With a restaurant on the again, it is an ideal cease off should you’re taking a stroll round this attractive district.

The place: 9 Excessive St, Cardiff CF5 2DX

Insole Courtroom

Insole Courtroom, Cardiff

When Cardiff has a lot historical past to supply, it’d be impolite to not embrace a few of its oldest buildings – that are not castles. This gorgeous Grade II listed constructing dates again to 1856 and was constructed by James Harvey Insole, of the Cardiff Insoles, a pioneering household of “coal-shippers and mine-owners, railwaymen and docksmen throughout the three generations of Welsh Steam Coal’s dominance of world trade,” in accordance with its web site. Now, this as soon as household house with its gorgeous encompass gardens is a well-liked picnic spot, heritage web site for guests far and broad to marvel at and much-loved group hub. It additionally gives a daily out of doors market.

The place: Insole Courtroom, Fairwater Highway, Llandaff, CF5 2LN


Kemi’s is one in every of Cardiff’s scrumptious diamond-finds that can depart you glad and stuffed with meals happiness. Describing itself as “a community-based espresso store right here to raise your dietary spirits with our wonderful choice of seasonal, recent & native produce”, it’s one luscious cease in your whirlwind journey of the Welsh capital it’s essential to find time for. With breakfast served on their very own recent bread, granola from a home recipe and engaging salads, made recent that day – elements of which change day by day – you really want to go to Kemi’s for a brand new and thrilling lunch-trip.

The place: 186-188 Kings Rd, Pontcanna, Cardiff CF11 9DF
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Run by three Italians, Salvo, Angelo and Domenico, who met in highschool and got here to Cardiff collectively in 2005 to be taught English, Calabrisella is a celebration of actual Italian delicacies and brings a delicious slice of Calabria to Cardiff. Anticipate handmade pasta and actual Italian pizza, one in every of Domenico’s specialties, conventional tasty Arancini and Cannoli from Sicily and a lot extra. We notably love their darkish chocolate (lactose-free!) ice cream. With a number of places all through town, the trio say on its web site: “We’re genuine, passionate and we pour our hearts into each side of Calabrisella.”

The place: 154 Cowbridge Highway, East Canton, CF11 9ND / 51 Cathays Terrace, CF24 4HS / 187 Cowbridge Highway East Canton, CF24 3DR

The Heathcock

The Heathcock, Llandaff
The Heathcock, Llandaff

In the event you’re after a buzzing beer backyard that may additionally supply excessive class with an oyster and champagne bar upstairs in addition to good meals, it’s worthwhile to attempt the Heathcock, Hare & Hounds’ second enterprise, in Llandaff. A staple watering-hole that, in accordance with the web site, has been going for over 100 years, it gives “nice ales, attention-grabbing wines, home made seasonal drinks and scrumptious bar snacks.” Their meals is all comprised of scratch with home-grown seasonal produce. And should you’re a foodie fanatic, you will have seen a sure well-known meals critic, who – some years in the past – voiced his disappointment in Cardiff for its lack of unbiased grazing gaffs, sing its praises in March – and if that doesn’t tempt you, we don’t know what’s going to.

The place: 58-60 Bridge St, Cardiff CF5 2EN

St Andrew’s Espresso Courtroom

St Andrew's Coffee Court in cardiff. Pictured is the courtyard area where the public can sit
St Andrew’s Espresso Courtroom in Cardiff. Pictured is the courtyard space the place the general public can sit

This espresso store was began by ‘Wyburn & Wayne’ for St Andrew’s United Reform Church – artist Nathan Wyburn and Wayne Courtney. Its purpose is to create a secure house wherein to sit down and “take pleasure in a cuppa outside – understanding your cash helps so many who use this group constructing for worship, occasions, courses and teams”. Their motto is: “The place each charitable cuppa helps maintain this group constructing open.”

The place: St Andrews Church, Pen-Y-Lan Highway Cf24 3PB

Jacobs Market and Rooftop

Jacobs Antique Centre offers several floors of antiques and collectable items
Jacobs Vintage Centre gives a number of flooring of antiques and collectable objects

An vintage store- come-coffee shop-come-rooftop cinema-come music night time. The constructing which homes the gorgeous Jacob’s Market has many fabulous facades, which cater for a big selection of individuals, every one guaranteeing time. Have a mooch round Jacobs vintage store to search out that scrumptious classic cut price or journey as much as their rooftop (Jacobs Roof Backyard) for a spot of yoga at dawn or salsa at sundown to see town’s gorgeous skyline.

The place: West Canal Wharf, Cardiff CF10 5DB


Pillars restaurant in Queen Road, Cardiff

From the skin, Pillars, in Queen Road, may simply be ignored – because of its small entrance nestled between two giant buildings. However, regardless of this, this family-run restaurant within the coronary heart of town offers conventional meals – with beneficiant parts – and prides itself on being a chief worth eatery and has stood the check of time.
One Fb reviewer stated: “5* 100% eat right here each time we come to Cardiff each single morning. Scrumptious meals. Superb value. Fabulous workers!!!”

The place: 29 Queen St, Cardiff CF10 2AH

The Bluebells at Coed Y Wenallt

Bluebells in the Wenallt Wood. Picture sent in by Paul Tarrant, of Rumney
Bluebells within the Wenallt Wooden. Image despatched in by Paul Tarrant, of Rumney

Head to this picture-perfect blanket of bluebells to get that dreamy Instagram-worthy image and make your followers jealous. Frolick and wander via the gorgeous scattering of flowers on this stroll at Coed Y Wenallt the place Caerphilly mountain is only a stone’s throw away. It is also an ideal spot for a picnic – see extra right here.

The place: Coed Y Wenallt, Cardiff CF14 6TQ

Pop ‘n’ Hops

A range of beer cans and bottles on a wooden table
Pop ‘n’ Hops normally shares beers from 10 to fifteen completely different Welsh breweries

Promoting craft beer, craft cider and vinyl information, Pop ‘N’ Hops was established in 2017 and shares over 400 beers. With eight giant fridges, beer-lovers throughout Cardiff can purchase to remove or drink within the premises. Earlier this 12 months, the shop put in its personal beer faucets so prospects can take pleasure in a chilly one straight from the barrel (so to talk). Quite uniquely, in accordance with their web site, additionally they promote a small choice of cheeses in retailer.

The place: 69 Whitchurch Highway, Cardiff CF14 3JP

The Useless Canary

The Dead Canary is hidden down a back lane in the city centre
The Useless Canary is hidden down a again lane within the metropolis centre

Proudly declaring themselves as Cardiff’s “worst saved secret”, speakeasy cocktail bar The Useless Canary, which is situated behind a secret ‘fireplace escape’ door within the capital, may be recognized by the mural of a dragon on its exterior wall studying “Right here be Dragons”. It serves up scrumptious cocktails and its new drinks menu is impressed by and named after legendary creatures, like Wales’ very personal Y Ddraig Goch.

The place: Barrack Lane, Cardiff CF10 2FR

The Company Market

The Corporation pub, Canton, was empty for years before being transformed into a coffee shop with spaces for independent traders.
The Company pub, Canton, was empty for years earlier than being reworked right into a espresso store with areas for unbiased merchants.

Beforehand cherished as The Company Pub, this pleasant unbiased market brings collectively a few of Cardiff’s best distributors and merchants, who showcase their distinctive merchandise all through the week. Bringing all of it collectively, within the centre of the house – which boasts a country and up to date industrial really feel – is a welcoming bar and occasional store. The market is embellished with suspended greenery and neon lights, and brings vibrancy and life again to an area that was empty for six years.

The place: 188 Cowbridge Highway East, Cardiff CF5 1GW, UK

Riverside Actual Meals Market

The Riverside Market is thought of as 'the original Cardiff farmers' market'
The Riverside Market is regarded as ‘the unique Cardiff farmers’ market’

That is “the unique Cardiff Farmers’ Market” and celebrates the unbiased companies and meals suppliers throughout Wales. Happening on a Sunday morning every week reverse the Principality Stadium, it brings collectively meals lovers from far and broad who take full benefit of the recent produce out there on our doorstop.

It states: “Riverside Market was launched in 1998 by a gaggle of native meals fans in a small park within the coronary heart of the Riverside group, the market has grown to grow to be among the finest recognized farmers’ markets within the U.Okay.” On the final Wednesday of every month, it additionally hosts an evening market.

The place: Fitzhamon Embankment, Cardiff CF11 6AN

Pontcanna Market

Pontcanna Market is a quaint Saturday morning farmers' market
Pontcanna Market is a quaint Saturday morning farmers’ market

Nestled away in a tiny courtyard ten minutes from town centre is Pontcanna Market. Positioned in Kings Highway Yard, the yard itself is “a inventive mews in Pontcanna, offering numerous workspaces. The courtyard is house to the famend Kings Highway Artists and a cluster of artisan institutions and artistic companies.” The farmers’ market, which is at all times bustling each Saturday morning, gives produce like sourdough bread, olive oils and olives, Welsh cheeses and wines, native honey, vegan meals, recent minimize flowers and pure cosmetics – to call a number of. Step into it, and you’re feeling such as you’ve been transported into one other world.

The place: Kings Highway Yard, 183A Kings Rd, Cardiff, CF11 9DF

Secret Backyard Cafe

The panels on the People's Door each represent a part of Bute Park's history
The panels on the Folks’s Door every signify part of Bute Park’s historical past

Bute Park is filled with inexperienced goodness. With huge open areas, loads of bushes and streams trickling via, it is one location within the metropolis it’s essential to go to. However what’s much more luscious about Bute Park is that it has a quaint espresso store tucked behind an outdated wooden-carved doorways and a wall that, must you not know of it, you could miss – although the tables exterior might give it away. With espresso, desserts and bites to eat on supply, you’ll be able to have your self a picnic even should you overlook your basket.

The place: Bute Park, North Highway, Cardiff CF10 3ER

Deserted Graveyard, Llandaff Cathedral

One of the Yew trees in the cemetery
One of many Yew bushes within the cemetery

You probably have visited Llandaff Cathedral, you will have spied a stone bridge main from the grounds right into a seemingly deserted graveyard (learn extra on that right here). In case you are courageous sufficient to enter, you’ll be greeted by an enormous yew tree in the midst of a crossroads with gnarled roots escaping from a round stone mattress. Round it, you may discover a hidden overgrown graveyard few learn about that’s packed stuffed with historical past. A small signal subsequent to the bridge informs guests that it was designed by Welsh architect John Prichard and “in-built 1860 to offer entry throughout the Mill Stream to a brand new ‘Transpontine’ burial floor, on land bought from Lord Bute by the Burial Board for Llandaff”.

The place: Cathedral Shut, Cardiff CF5 2LA

Get a Water Taxi

The Princess Katharine, which offers routes in Cardiff
The Princess Katharine, which gives routes in Cardiff

One of many quirkiest and most enjoyable methods to get across the metropolis – that was teeming with canals – is by water taxi. Get the aquabus or Cardiff boat for a tour and uncover a number of the metropolis’s websites in the very best means.

Grange Gardens

Grange Gardens is one of the most charming parks in Cardiff
Grange Gardens is without doubt one of the most charming parks in Cardiff

It is typically ignored, however the charming neighbourhood of Grangetown has a surprising park full of wonderful Victorian options to feast your eyes on and inexperienced areas on which to take a perch and picnic. Marvel on the forged iron bandstand which was initially put in in February, 1895, and replicated in 2000, or admire the gorgeous fountain cover in addition to a World Warfare II monument – to not point out the picturesque bushes beneath which you’ll be able to watch the world go by.

Ice cream at Waterloo Gardens Rangers Hut

The tiny park ranger's hut in Waterloo Gardens, Cardiff, has been transformed into a gelato and candyfloss cabin by local chain Waterloo Tea
The tiny park ranger’s hut in Waterloo Gardens, Cardiff, has been reworked right into a gelato and candyfloss cabin by native chain Waterloo Tea

Benefit from the summer time months with a deliciously creamy lovingly made Welsh ice cream at Waterloo Tea’s newest enterprise: the Rangers Hut. The historic hut that was restored by the teahouse is working with a neighborhood gelato-maker to create a singular ice-cream deal with cocooned in candyfloss. Talking in regards to the enterprise, Luke Piazzon, Common Supervisor, stated: “We thought that we may supply one thing a bit bit completely different, and produce a smile to our local people, by combining gelato with everybody’s favorite childhood deal with – sweet floss.”

The place: Waterloo Gardens, Cardiff CF23 5AA

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