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How to Explore Cardiff Like a Local: A Guide to HG Collection's Top Picks

Updated: May 23

Cardiff, the capital of Wales, is a vibrant city with a rich history and culture that is waiting to be explored. From its ancient castles and beautiful parks to its trendy bars and restaurants, there's something for everyone in Cardiff. If you're looking to experience the city like a local, then look no further than HG Collection's top picks.


Exterior view of Cardiff Castle, featuring its grand towers and stone walls

Stay at HG Collection for the Ultimate Local Experience

HG Collection offers a collection of beautiful boutique apartments, each uniquely designed with the highest quality of accommodation. Their central location means that you'll be within walking distance to the city's best restaurants, shops, entertainment, attractions, and landmarks. When you stay at HG Collection, you'll be able to live like a local and explore the city at your own pace.





Discover Cardiff's Best Kept Secrets

When it comes to exploring Cardiff like a local, it's all about discovering the hidden gems that only locals know about. Start your day off by exploring the Victorian and Edwardian arcades in the city centre. These beautiful arcades are filled with unique shops and independent cafes, making it the perfect spot for a leisurely morning coffee or a spot of shopping.


If you're a lover of the great outdoors, then you'll want to head to Bute Park, located in the heart of the city. This beautiful park is a great place to relax and enjoy a picnic, and you can even hire a rowing boat to take in the park's stunning scenery from a different perspective.

For those looking for a cultural experience, Cardiff Castle is a must-visit. This medieval castle dates back to the 11th century and has been beautifully preserved, making it a popular tourist attraction. Take a tour of the castle and its grounds, and learn about the history of Cardiff and its people.


Interior of a restaurant in Cardiff, Wales

Experience Cardiff's Food and Drink Scene

No trip to Cardiff is complete without experiencing the city's food and drink scene. With a wide range of restaurants, cafes, and bars, there's something for everyone in Cardiff.


For an unforgettable Welsh dining experience, look no further than The Potted Pig, only 15 minutes walk away from HG Collection. This award-winning restaurant, located in the city centre, is housed in a former bank vault and offers a unique and atmospheric setting for your meal. The menu focuses on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, with a particular emphasis on traditional Welsh dishes such as laverbread and cockles, lamb cawl, and bara brith bread and butter pudding. The Potted Pig is also known for their expertly crafted cocktails, and their knowledgeable staff can help you find the perfect pairing for your meal. With its charming ambience and exceptional food and drink, The Potted Pig is a must-visit for anyone looking to experience the best of Welsh cuisine in Cardiff.


Colorful and appetizing meals served on plates at a Cardiff restaurant


For a more laid-back dining experience, check out the street food scene at The Depot, a pop-up food market that's open every weekend. The Depot offers a wide range of food options, from wood-fired pizzas to vegan sushi, and is a great spot for a casual lunch or dinner.

If you're a foodie looking for a top-notch dining experience, then Asador 44 is a must-visit. This popular restaurant offers a unique culinary experience, focusing on traditional Spanish cooking techniques and high-quality ingredients. Asador 44 is known for their expertly cooked meats, including their famous Galician beef, which is aged for up to 90 days for maximum flavour and tenderness. The restaurant also boasts an extensive wine list, featuring some of the finest wines from Spain and around the world. With its warm and welcoming atmosphere, Asador 44 is the perfect spot for a special night out or a romantic date.



Plate of fresh seafood at a Cardiff restaurant, ready to be enjoyed

Cardiff is a city that has something for everyone, and exploring it like a local is the best way to experience everything the city has to offer. By staying at HG Collection, you'll be able to live like a local and explore the city at your own pace. From hidden gems to cultural experiences and culinary delights, there's no shortage of things to see and do in Cardiff. Book your stay at HG Collection today and start exploring this wonderful city like a local.





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