Street Food Cardiff - exploring the city's eateries and drinkeries

Cardiff Indoor Market

One of Cardiff’s legendary institutions, Cardiff Market is a magnet for foodies, photographers and souvenir hunters. Walk through the hustle and bustle, past Bakestones to see Welsh cakes cook before your eyes (and, of course, try them), go international at Thai Asian Delish, grab a bacon bap or keep things healthy with Clancy's Vegetarian Emporium.

Interior of Cardiff Market
market stall in market,
Woman cooking Welsh cakes.

Cardiff Indoor Market, South Wales

The Grazing Shed

With several sites in the city centre, The Grazing Shed is a big deal.  A small local company, they serve award-winning burgers made from the finest locally-sourced ingredients, their own soft drinks and thick-cut chips. It's a great alternative to greasy fast food and with ingredients this good, who’s counting calories?! 

New York Deli

It may seem odd that one of Cardiff’s top lunch haunts is overtly American, but we’ve really taken these hoagies and mile-high sandwiches to heart.  The delicious little New York Deli, close to Cardiff Castle, remains a firm favourite for city dwellers. Try the ‘Cardiff Hoagie’ or the ‘Cardiff Devil Hoagie’ – tasty tributes to a fine city (and their ice hockey team…go, Devils!

A man with a large sandwich

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

The Dead Canary

The Dead Canary is possibly the fanciest cocktail bar in the city, and it's well worth a visit. It's a speakeasy style bar, so look for the bell and feather on the wall along Barrack Lane to find the way in. Dress smart and prepare for your taste buds to be amazed.

Waterloo Tea

Not everyone wants a booze-up. If it's a perfect cup of tea that you're after, head to Waterloo Tea in Wyndham Arcade. They have over fifty types of tea to choose from and lots of irresistible cakes. Grab a cuppa and watch the world go by. 

National Museum Cardiff

Explore everything from the animal kingdom and ceramics to fossils and photography at the stately city centre National Museum Cardiff. It houses the largest collection of Impressionist art outside Paris, with works by Monet, Millet and Cézanne amongst many others. 

Outside of the National Museum Cardiff
Girl looking over balcony at National Museum Cardiff
A couple looking at a small statue, with a painting behind them, and a large sculpture to the side in the foreground

National Museum Cardiff, South Wales

Bute Park

Take a stroll around the beautiful inner city gardens, Bute Park. Located behind Cardiff Castle, which is worth a visit in its own right, the park is bursting with nature. It's home to hundreds of species of birds, insects, river animals, fungi, flowers and trees, with the River Taff cutting through the greenery. From here you can also catch a river taxi down to Cardiff Bay, or hire a bike and explore the Taff Trail.

Two women walking in an autumnal park.
Group of people walking in Bute Park, Cardiff.

Bute Park, Cardiff, South Wales

The Arcades

Out of all the cities in Britain, Cardiff has the highest concentration of Victorian, Edwardian and contemporary indoor shopping arcades. Winding between St Mary Street, Castle Street, Duke Street and The Hayes, there are plenty of independent shops, cafes and restaurants to browse in them, as well as charming architecture.  You’ll find world-class cheese and coffee, vintage charms and treasures and all kinds of knick knacks…a perfect way to spend an afternoon! 

Shoppers walking through a victorian arcade in Cardiff.
Couple shopping in Morgan Arcade, Cardiff.
An outdoor view of a record shop.

Cardiff's Victorian shopping arcades

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