Cardiff is a city with an incredibly vibrant and distinctive local dining scene. Whether you’re taking a weekend break in the city, or you have ongoing business commitments there, you’ll want to make time to check out some of the amazing food and drink on offer.
Getting to Cardiff is easy, whether you’re travelling via road or rail. You can catch a train from Bristol and be in Cardiff within an hour. While you’re travelling, you can also check out the amazing view of the Severn Estuary, from the Prince of Wales bridge.
A Foodie Haven
From boutique cafes to obscure Polish dumplings, there’s a great deal to recommend in the city. If you’re looking for coffee in a hurry, then Corner Coffee, in the High Street Arcade, provides it.
Pizza fans might want to check out Saramantica, or Fizz n Flour. Both serve the sorts of pizza you might expect to find on the streets of Naples, alongside an impressive selection of cocktails.
There’s also the Pizzeria Villaggio, which sits in Whitchurch Village. There are actually two restaurants to consider here: the pizzereria, and Sopra 73, which sits upstairs. The latter offers a combination of immaculate produce from Wales, Italy and France, making it a perfect choice for those looking for a more sophisticated dining experience.
If you’re on Quay Street and you’re looking for traditional dry-aged meat dishes cooked on a charcoal grill, then Asador 44 is well worth checking out. The mains are fire-cooked, with an extra-special menu available on Sundays.
Finally, we should consider the appeal of Cardiff Market, which sits within an amazing Victorian-era building. It’s been around since the 18th century, and provides a breadth of produce you won’t find elsewhere.
The gastronomic calendar in the Welsh capital is actually pretty crowded. Depending on when you’re visiting, you might find that there are culinary events being held that will appeal.
If you’re visiting in July, it’s difficult to look beyond the amazing Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival, which for three days turns the Bay into a bustling cornucopia of street food and incredible produce. There’s music spread throughout the occasion, too.
In September, there’s the Amgueddfa Cymru Food Festival, which offers a slightly different experience, with a firm focus on smaller, local and independent producers from all over Wales. There are more than eighty stalls to consider, all of them packed into St Fagan’s National Museum of History.
If you’re willing to venture out of the city, and you have an appetite for seafood, then you might look at the Pembrokeshire Fish Week, which unfolds in June every other year. There are more than 250 fish-related events and activities to consider, each of them offering something slightly different.