A couple of weeks ago Joe and I headed to Wales, to spend a brief night in it's beautiful capital- for a day of eating, exploring and sampling plenty of cake (obligatory when there's so many gorgeous tea rooms, surely)? With the journey shy of just over 2 hours, there was plenty of time to catch up on reads, magazines and the like- before arriving in a bright Cardiff late on the Sunday afternoon. After checking in Joe and I put our tourist hats on and headed out to scour out a few wonderful recommendations and make the most of our short but sweet stay. Fortunately, a lot of the places we discovered were near the centre (great if you're short on time)- but we're definitely keen to come back and see the rest of the city soon...


Park Plaza Cardiff:
Situated in the city centre, the Park Plaza is top of my list for convenient, comfortable and all-round lovely places to stay. A short walk from the parades of shops and quaint arcades (as well as certain famous castle), the Park Plaza has it's own treats to offer too, all in the shape of a gorgeous spa (Joe had his first massage here and subsequently wondered why he'd waited so long), delicious restaurant and bar, as well as offering all the afternoon teas, including a gin and gents one too- they've definitely got your covered. If that's not enough, the bed may be the most comfortable bed I've ever stayed in (no word of a lie)- and it was so big, Joe and I practically needed to phone each other to chat- dreamy! ; )

Park Plaza Cardiff - Greyfriars Rd, Cardiff CF10 3AL


Coffee Barker:
Coffee Barker was one place recommended to me again and again on Twitter, and before we even stepped inside I could see why. If it wasn't the vintage and antique decor that had me at hello (iPhone camera's at the ready, kids)!, it was the extensive menu- ranging from fresh cakes (, homemade paninis and biggest tea selection I've ever seen that certainly did it. Not only do they have hand roasted coffee (and plenty of soft leathery chairs to melt into with your laptop to while away the hours)- but they also offer amazing breakfasts (not just fry ups) and plenty of friendly faces, that'll definitely make you wish you could stay all day.

Coffee Barker - Unit 13, Castle Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1BU


Home by Kirsty:
Another Castle Arcade gem, Home by Kirsty is the kind of shop I can walk past and physically can't not go into. Perhaps it's the promise of beautiful independent homewares and stationary, or a love of design- but this little gem certainly got me more than a little excited upon discovering it. Whether you're looking for baby gifts (their baby grows are cute enough to make you consider sweeping the shelves), Pinterest-inspired prints or pegboards or even another notebook you don't need but is so beautiful you couldn't possibly resist- Home by Kirsty has it all (and now I'm certainly feeling super glad they have an online shop too- huzzah)!

Home by Kirsty- 16 Castle Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1BU


Forbesfield Flowers:
Although this florist wasn't open when we walked past (which, in hindsight, was probably a good thing otherwise the train to Paddington would have literally been filled with my excessive flower buying), Forbesfield Flowers looked absolutely stunning inside (the charm of beautiful clear glass shop fronts)- and saw everything from pretty potting plants at bargain prices, stunning sorbet roses to delicate peony buds- absolutely dreamy!

Forbesfield Florist- Studio 6-8, The Balcony, Castle Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 1BW


Pettigrew Tea Rooms:
Situated on the edge of the grounds to Cardiff Castle (perfect if you plan on killing two birds with one stone), these traditional tearooms are the perfect place to sit down for a classic tiered afternoon tea, or a slice of cake on a rainy Monday (guilty)! As well as offering sandwiches, soups and salads- Pettigrew Tea Rooms have a pretty tempting selection of gluten free options too, which mean nobody has to go without any of their delicious treats!

Pettigrew Tea Rooms- Bute Park & Arboretum, Castle St, Cardiff CF10 1BJ

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A couple of weeks ago Joe and I headed to Wales, to spend a brief night in it's beautiful capital- for a day of eating, exploring and sampling plenty of cake (obligatory when there's so many gorgeous tea rooms, surely)? With the journey shy of just over 2 hours, there was plenty of time to catch up on reads, magazines and the like- before arriving in a bright Cardiff late on the Sunday afternoon. After checking in Joe and I put our tourist hats on and headed out to scour out a few wonderful recommendations and make the most of our short but sweet stay. Fortunately, a lot of the places we discovered were near the centre (great if you're short on time)- but we're definitely keen to come back and see the rest of the city soon...


Park Plaza Cardiff:
Situated in the city centre, the Park Plaza is top of my list for convenient, comfortable and all-round lovely places to stay. A short walk from the parades of shops and quaint arcades (as well as certain famous castle), the Park Plaza has it's own treats to offer too, all in the shape of a gorgeous spa (Joe had his first massage here and subsequently wondered why he'd waited so long), delicious restaurant and bar, as well as offering all the afternoon teas, including a gin and gents one too- they've definitely got your covered. If that's not enough, the bed may be the most comfortable bed I've ever stayed in (no word of a lie)- and it was so big, Joe and I practically needed to phone each other to chat- dreamy! ; )

Park Plaza Cardiff - Greyfriars Rd, Cardiff CF10 3AL


Coffee Barker:
Coffee Barker was one place recommended to me again and again on Twitter, and before we even stepped inside I could see why. If it wasn't the vintage and antique decor that had me at hello (iPhone camera's at the ready, kids)!, it was the extensive menu- ranging from fresh cakes (, homemade paninis and biggest tea selection I've ever seen that certainly did it. Not only do they have hand roasted coffee (and plenty of soft leathery chairs to melt into with your laptop to while away the hours)- but they also offer amazing breakfasts (not just fry ups) and plenty of friendly faces, that'll definitely make you wish you could stay all day.

Coffee Barker - Unit 13, Castle Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1BU


Home by Kirsty:
Another Castle Arcade gem, Home by Kirsty is the kind of shop I can walk past and physically can't not go into. Perhaps it's the promise of beautiful independent homewares and stationary, or a love of design- but this little gem certainly got me more than a little excited upon discovering it. Whether you're looking for baby gifts (their baby grows are cute enough to make you consider sweeping the shelves), Pinterest-inspired prints or pegboards or even another notebook you don't need but is so beautiful you couldn't possibly resist- Home by Kirsty has it all (and now I'm certainly feeling super glad they have an online shop too- huzzah)!

Home by Kirsty- 16 Castle Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1BU


Forbesfield Flowers:
Although this florist wasn't open when we walked past (which, in hindsight, was probably a good thing otherwise the train to Paddington would have literally been filled with my excessive flower buying), Forbesfield Flowers looked absolutely stunning inside (the charm of beautiful clear glass shop fronts)- and saw everything from pretty potting plants at bargain prices, stunning sorbet roses to delicate peony buds- absolutely dreamy!

Forbesfield Florist- Studio 6-8, The Balcony, Castle Arcade, Cardiff, CF10 1BW


Pettigrew Tea Rooms:
Situated on the edge of the grounds to Cardiff Castle (perfect if you plan on killing two birds with one stone), these traditional tearooms are the perfect place to sit down for a classic tiered afternoon tea, or a slice of cake on a rainy Monday (guilty)! As well as offering sandwiches, soups and salads- Pettigrew Tea Rooms have a pretty tempting selection of gluten free options too, which mean nobody has to go without any of their delicious treats!

Pettigrew Tea Rooms- Bute Park & Arboretum, Castle St, Cardiff CF10 1BJ

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29 comments:

  1. I went to university in Cardiff and this has made me miss it so much! Such a lovely post, and such beautiful pictures. You've definitely found the best bits of Cardiff! :)

    Lois A Worthy Trend

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  2. I've been to Cardiff so many times but never seen this side of it - always proves there are gems to be found!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

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  3. It looks so lovely and cosy... Makes me think of curling up on the couch with a good book haha. I'd love to visit one day :)
    Lana
    Lana-sultana.blogspot.com

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  4. Looks like a lovely trip, I went to Cardiff last year on a completely different trip with my girlfriends, a spa break with way too much prosecco and cocktails involved, I'd love to go back for something like this and do some proper exploring!xx

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  5. Wonderful guide, I've haven't heard much about Cardiff but it sounds and looks lovely! thanks for sharing ! :)

    I have a new outfit post up on the blog, would love to know your thoughts:

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  6. Im so glad you enjoyed Cardiff! I don't think I've eve stayed in the park plaza, the mercure hotel and spa or the park inn have always been firm favourites for me! Also, if you come again, you have got to try the red hot world buffet, the food there is incredible!

    hollyolivia2512.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. Reading this really makes me want to check out Cardiff now, and I now want to visit Home by Kirsty so bad!
    Jodie xo // Jodie Loue

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  8. Glad you visited the Arcades, definitely my favourite part of Cardiff to explore :) The bay is lovely to walk around on a sunny afternoon too xx

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  9. Glad to see such a lovely guide to Cardiff. I spend quite a lot of time there, and it's absolutely wonderful that you enjoyed enough to write about it. I've been a fan of your blog for years and I was so excited for this, and it didn't disappoint. Hollol wych!

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  10. Oh I'm so glad you had a great time in Cardiff, you visited pretty much all my favourite places! Next time you come I highly recommend you check out Barker Tea Rooms (the sister to Coffee Barker). Over 70 teas to choose from! Always happy to take you out for a cuppa ;)

    xxx
    Nina from little nomad

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  11. These places look so cool, I would love to go there
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  12. The homeware and stationary shop looks like a dream! Love independent shops like that!

    poppyrkay.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. There are so many lovely recommendations here! I'd love to visit Cardiff one day, so will definitely keep this post bookmarked!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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  14. I love Cardiff, one of my favourite places to visit as I live South West. Great photography too.xx

    Veespetitstresors.com (would love it if you checked my blog ♡)

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  15. I love Cardiff, thanks for some more recommendations liv, cardiff is SO pretty, lovely post.

    Jess
    justthatgirlonline.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. I loved this post so much! Makes me want to pack my bags next weekend!

    Clem

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  17. Thanks for making Cardiff look so pretty, I forget about the all the things that are right on my doorstop. Will have to make a revisit down the arcades, a nice change from the big generic shopping centres. Hope you had a lovely time in The Diff.
    Annie
    [url="http://anniegreensleeves.blogspot.co.uk/]Lady Greensleeves[/url]

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  18. God this post makes me want to travel SO MUCH. I need a vacation to just traipse around a country discovering the best coffee places (because that is most important haha).

    coffeeslag

    COFFEESLAG Daily Look Elite Box 3

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  19. I never had ANY desire to go to Cardiff until literally this second. OH LIV. Looking forward to seeing you at the weekend lovely. Sophie xxx
    www.fashionnomads.com

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  20. I'm heading to Cardiff for the rugby soon and what to spend some time exploring beforehand so this is perfect!! Looking forward to it even more now.

    K.

    www.wonderingthrough.co.uk

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  21. Oh I love Cardiff, this post has reminded me of many happy times.

    Emma Xx

    www.emmaslookingglass.com

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  22. Big thanks for including my shop Olivia, so kind of you. A lovely lady came in after reading your blog! Beautiful photos. I hope you had a super night in Cardiff. If you come back be sure to pop in & say hello.

    Kirsty homebykirsty.com Xxx

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  23. Cardiff looks lovely, and I immediately fell in love with your photos!

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  24. I've lived in Cardiff for many years and it's always so interesting to see it from a visitor's perspective! Pettigrew Tea Rooms is one of my favourite places to go :)

    Lovely Witches

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  25. what a lovely city. these pictures make what to go there :)

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