Cardiff is a thriving international city and its food reflects its cosmopolitan tastes. Italian is a big influence, but also some of the best traditional Welsh food can be found in Cardiff such as magnificent Welsh lamb and beef, high-quality vegetables, shellfish and wild salmon.
Restaurants in Cardiff
Restaurants are centred around the cafe quarter of Mill Lane with choices of Italian, French, Asian, Portuguese and continental. Try Cafè Minuet in Castle Arcade with cheap authentic Italian dishes. Or Juboraj II on Mill Lane – one of Cardiff’s best south Asian restaurant with top Indian thali. Try the city centre’s new Brewery Quarter where you can wine and dine al fresco at a number of restaurants.
There are plenty of swanky restaurants and bars at Cardiff Bay with choices of Turkish, Italian, Norwegian and modern European brasseries. The suburb of Canton is also littered with restaurants.
Bars in Cardiff
There has been a boom in cosmopolitan bars in Cardiff, although you can still drink a pint of Cardiff’s beer Brains at one of the many Edwardian wooded-interior pubs.
Check out the trendy Chapter bar in Market Rd. and RSVP in St John St. with a good selection of real ales. And for pubs, try The Cottage in St Mary St. – a traditional Edwardian pub with hearty and cheap food; and Old Arcade in Church St. with a busy lounge bar that’s popular with rugby fans.