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  • Writer's picturePedro Reis

Discover Cardiff City Centre: Your Personal Guidebook

Updated: Nov 23, 2023

Welcome to Cardiff, the vibrant capital of Wales! As a local, I've put together this personal guidebook to help you discover the city's unique offerings and enjoy an authentic experience. In this guide, you'll find a curated list of my favourite spots for dining, sightseeing, shopping, and outdoor experiences. Get ready to explore the city centre and fall in love with Cardiff!

1. Best Coffee: The Little Man Coffee Co.

Located on Bridge Street, The Little Man Coffee Co. is a cozy, independent coffee shop with a fantastic selection of locally roasted coffee and delicious pastries. The staff is always friendly and eager to help. Don't miss their vegan treats and impressive latte art!

Scrumptious spread featuring coffee and delectable pastries at The Little Man Coffee Co., Bridge Street, Cardiff.

2. Memorable Dinner: The Potted Pig

Nestled in a former bank vault on High Street, The Potted Pig offers a unique dining experience, serving modern British cuisine with a twist. Their menu is seasonal, focusing on locally sourced ingredients. Try their signature Potted Pig dish or the fresh seafood options.

Elegant interior of The Potted Pig, a former bank vault on High Street, Cardiff, offering modern British cuisine.

3. Must-Visit Attraction: Cardiff Castle

This historic castle, situated in the heart of the city, is a must-see. With over 2,000 years of history, Cardiff Castle offers guided tours, medieval-themed banquets, and stunning views of the city from the top of the keep. Don't forget to explore the beautiful castle grounds.

Historic Cardiff Castle, a renowned landmark offering guided tours and breathtaking views, situated in the heart of the city.

4. Unique Shopping: Cardiff Central Market

Cardiff Market is an impressive Victorian structure which offers a unique shopping experience in the heart of a modern, bustling city.

Vibrant and bustling Cardiff Central Market, an impressive Victorian structure providing a unique shopping experience.

5. Cultural Gem: National Museum Cardiff

The National Museum Cardiff, located in the city's Civic Centre, boasts an impressive collection of art, natural history, and Welsh heritage. With free admission, it's a must-visit for anyone looking to delve into Welsh culture and history. Don't miss the Davies collection of Impressionist paintings and the Evolution of Wales exhibition.

Street view of the National Museum Cardiff, Civic Centre, showcasing art, natural history, and Welsh heritage exhibits.

6. Nightlife Hotspot: The Dead Canary

Tucked away behind an inconspicuous door on Barrack Lane, The Dead Canary is a hidden gem for cocktail enthusiasts. This speakeasy-style bar offers an extensive menu of inventive cocktails inspired by Welsh history and legends. Make sure to book a table in advance and try their signature drinks like the "Aneurin Bevan" or the "Tom Jones."

-style bar on Barrack Lane, Cardiff. Inventive cocktail served at The Dead Canary, a speakeasy

7. Sweet Treat: Science Cream

Located on Castle Arcade, Science Cream is an innovative ice cream parlour that uses liquid nitrogen to create super-smooth and creamy ice cream right before your eyes. With a regularly changing menu of flavours, there's always something new and exciting to try. Don't forget to sample their unique toppings, like honeycomb or torched marshmallow.

Innovative ice cream creation at Science Cream, Castle Arcade, Cardiff, featuring liquid nitrogen-made flavours and unique toppings.

8. Scenic Walk: Cardiff Bay Barrage

Take a leisurely walk along the Cardiff Bay Barrage, a stunning pathway connecting Cardiff Bay and Penarth Marina. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the bay, watch boats sail by, and visit the barrage's unique playgrounds and artwork installations. It's the perfect way to spend an afternoon in the city.

Scenic aerial view of Cardiff Bay Barrage, a pathway connecting Cardiff Bay and Penarth Marina, offering breathtaking bay views and artwork installations."

I hope this extended guidebook offers even more insights into the best of Cardiff City Centre. As you explore the city, you'll undoubtedly come across more hidden gems and experiences that make your visit truly special. Enjoy Cardiff and have a fantastic trip!



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