A Cardiff fan guide: where to eat, drink and visit

Heading to Wales' capital city for a sports match or gig? Make the most of your time either side of the event itself by exploring compact and cosmopolitan Cardiff. We've picked out some of the city's legendary highlights to inspire fans. Share your Cardiff adventures with us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using #FindYourEpic or #GwladGwlad.

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    Indoor market, Cardiff, Capital of Wales 

    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 or Milgi's vegetarian food. 
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    The Grazing Shed, Cardiff, Capital of Wales 

    With two 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?! 
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    New York Deli, Cardiff, Capital of Wales 

    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 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!)

  • Interior image of the Bierkellar Bar in Cardiff

    Bierkellar, Cardiff, Capital of Wales 

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    Right next to the Principality Stadium sits the Bierkeller Complex, consisting of three bars. For sports, head to The Shooters Bar and its enormous 5m x 3m TV screen. The drinks are better than your usual sports bar fare, with European beers served in steins. 
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    The Dead Canary, Cardiff, Capital of Wales 

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    This 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.
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    Waterloo Tea, Cardiff, Capital of Wales 

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    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. 
  • Interior image of National Museum art galleries and paintings

    National Museum, Cardiff, Capital of Wales 

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

  • Image of a woman and girl under cherry blossom trees in the park

    Bute Park, Cardiff, Capital of Wales 

    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. 
  • Image of shoppers walking through a Cardiff arcade

    Shopping arcades, Cardiff, Capital of Wales 

    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! 
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