Looking for places to eat in Cardiff, but want to avoid the same old boring grub? Well you’re in luck – the Welsh capital is home to some of the most exciting restaurants and pop-ups in the country. The city’s burgeoning food scene offers something for everyone: from foodies and gourmets to students and penny-pinchers.
Scouring hidden gems and firm favourites, we’ve picked eight of the best places to eat in town to bring you Cardiff’s most exciting restaurants.
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KINGS ROAD, PONTCANNA, CF11 9DE
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Almost as far off the beaten track as it’s possible to go, Pop-tŷ (Welsh for ‘oven’) is a real hidden treasure. Guests reserve a place via the pop-up’s Facebook page, before being seated together around one long table in the beautiful St. Catherine’s Church Hall in Pontcanna. Pop-tŷ was created by full-time school teacher, Angharad Elias and has since grown into one of the city’s hippest places to eat, receiving rave reviews for both the excellent food and the unique atmosphere.
Price range: an evening at Pop-tŷ costs £35 per head for a three-course meal, including a cocktail on arrival and tea/coffee. Alcoholic drinks are BYOB.
HMP CARDIFF, KNOX ROAD, CF24 0UG
Photo by Richard Maddrell
If you want to enjoy a beautiful meal and a unique dining experience, The Clink might be right up your street. Found within the grounds of Cardiff Prison, the restaurant is run by The Clink Charity, which aims to reduce the rates of reoffending through training prisoners in the restaurant trade. A changing menu of high-quality meals using fresh, seasonal ingredients are fully prepared, cooked and served by supervised prisoners currently enrolled in the training scheme. This helps to give them a chance at a fresh start on release.
Price range: on Wednesdays, enjoy four courses for £40.
Top tip: waiters can’t accept tips, so why not donate to the charity instead?
27 HIGH STREET, CF10 1PU
Located in a former bank vault under the streets of the city, the Potted Pig is a true hidden gem. Serving up a constantly-changing seasonal menu, the restaurant specialises in high-quality full-flavour British fare, including Welsh lamb, locally-sourced crab and Abergavenny beef. The interior’s very chic feel, with its stripped-back walls make it a great place for a romantic evening meal. There’s also a reasonable lunch menu available, offering two courses for £12.
Price range: mains cost around £13-£20 and you can expect to pay about £7-8 for a starter.
134 WHITCHURCH ROAD, CF14 3LZ
Photo credit: Frances Taylor
Calling Mint and Mustard ‘critically acclaimed’ doesn’t quite cover it: since its launch in 2006, the restaurant has received rave reviews, numerous awards and has even been heralded as one of finest places to dine in Wales, if not the UK. Combining the highest-quality Indian cuisine with fine dining, Mint and Mustard serves up authentic Keralan dishes under the philosophy of flavourful, natural and healthy food. And yes – they deliver.
Price range: main courses range from £7-15, while starters are priced at £4-£8.
20 HIGH STREET ARCADE, CF10 1BB
Photo by Ish Mahdi
Tucked away in one of Cardiff’s famous Victorian arcades, the New York Deli serves up some of the most talked-about sandwiches in the city. Despite its small size, this slice of Americana stands loud and proud, with a US flag flying above the entrance. And if there’s one thing that’s not small here, it’s the servings: grab yourself a classic hoagie with pastrami, topped off with sweet and crunchy gherkins and you won’t be disappointed!
Price range: from £3-£6
146 CRWYS ROAD, CATHAYS, CF24 4NR
Photo by Hannah Jesani
Looking for an afternoon treat that’s also Instagram gold? Then why not try a gourmet cupcake from Emma Jane’s Cupcakes. Beautifully decorated with vintage touches, the tea room is a cosy little spot for a cup of tea and something sweet. If decorative hand-made cupcakes aren’t your thing, there’s also a selection of ice-cream milkshakes on offer. Cakes are also available to order for weddings and birthdays.
Price range: individual cupcakes cost £2. A box of 6 costs £10.
83 WHITCHURCH ROAD, CF14 3JP
Photo by Got Beef
Having graduated from a burger truck to a pop-up and now to a restaurant, Got Beef has stood the test of time, and let’s face it – who doesn’t love a good burger? Serving up a variety of tasty combinations (including the Breaking Bad-inspired Heisen Burger), this might just be the home of the capital’s best burgers. All patties are award-winning Welsh black beef (though veggie patties are also available) and there are some serious good sides on offer, including nachos with roquito & mango salsa, Monterey Jack cheese and Chipotle sauce. Nom Nom.
Price range: burgers start at £6.95, with sides ranging from £2-£8.95.
153 COWBRIDGE ROAD EAST, CANTON, CF11 9AH
Photo credit: Evoke Photography
Back on Cardiff’s foodie scene after a two-year break, Chai Street is the most popular place in the city for authentic Indian street food. Sister restaurant to Mint and Mustard, Chai Street serves up a range of ‘street delights’, including baji baskets, chicken lollypops and bread pakora, as well as popular street rolls. Inside, the busy interior exudes an Indian flair with bright colours, bhangra music playing and Bollywood posters covering the walls.
Price range: street Delights start at £3.75.
Which of these mouth-watering restaurants gets your stomach rumbling?