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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!