Where to eat and drink

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to dining options in the city centre. First things first, note that it’s important to book your table for pre- or post-match dining well in advance. Popular destinations and restaurants closest to the event venue book up the quickest, but it's always worth securing a seat if you're hoping to dine somewhere on match day.

Some great places for a pre-event fuel-up include:

The Grazing Shed

37 St Mary Street

Good for: Award-winning burgers made from locally sourced ingredients

The Grazing Shed website

New York Deli

4-6 Duke Street Arcade

Good for: Super-stuffed hoagies, bagels or sandwiches that rival NYC’s best

New York Deli website

A man with a large sandwich

A hoagie from the New York Deli, Cardiff, South Wales

Waterloo Tea

21-25 Wyndham Arcade

Good for: A huge selection of teas, delicious cakes and smart brunch options

Waterloo Tea website

The Dead Canary

Barrack Lane (look for the ‘ring my bell’ sign)

Good for: Fancy cocktails served in a cosy speakeasy bar

The Dead Canary website

Ffwrnes Pizza

231-241 (First Floor), Cardiff Central Market, St Mary Street

Good for: Great value wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas, cooked fresh while you wait

Ffwrnes Pizza website

Freshly cooked crispy pizza on a plate.

Ffwrnes Pizza, Cardiff Market, South Wales

The Glassworks

4 Wharton Street 

Good for: Pre-game buzz, hearty pub grub and a vast drinks menu

The Glassworks website

Elevens Bar and Grill

15 Castle Street

Good for: Footie fans - it’s a proper sports bar owned by the one and only Gareth Bale

Elevens Bar and Grill website

What to do, see and explore

Cardiff is filled with unique attractions and activities that you can enjoy beyond any specific event or concert you might be attending. As a first-time visitor, you'll find an array of things to do while here:

Discover the city's sights

Cardiff's city centre is a bustling hub of activity, offering a wealth of attractions that cater for every interest. Whether you're a history buff, a shopping enthusiast, or an adventure seeker it's all here. The historic Cardiff Castle stands as a testament to the city's rich past, while the modern St David's shopping centre is a shoppers paradise. Cardiff is also home to the National Museum Cardiff and one of Europe's leading open-air museums, St Fagans on the outskirts of the city. Known as the City of Arcades, it provides an eclectic exploration of boutique shops and cafes. With so many things to see and do in Cardiff, it's the perfect starting point for an memorable urban adventure.

Need some souvenirs?

There are a variety of shops where you can buy some traditional Welsh souvenirs such as crafted love spoons or contemporary gifts that capture the spirit of Wales. Cardiff Castle gift shop, Castle Welsh Crafts, Cardiff Market (visit Bakestones for Welsh cakes, hot off the griddle) and the Welsh Rugby Union shop.

An indoor market under a triangular roof with skylights. There are lots of different stalls in rows.
People walking through the arcade

Cardiff Market and Morgan Arcade, Cardiff, South Wales

Other essentials

Looking for somewhere to stay?

Visit our accommodation page to find your perfect place to stay in the city, or close by.

Travelling into Cardiff?

Plan your journey in advance, checking for road closures and service changes (the Visit Cardiff News page offers event-specific travel guidance for major events).

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