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A Beginner’s Guide to Cardiff

A Beginner’s Guide to Cardiff

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Cardiff – ain’t she a beaut?

Over the course of this blog, I’ve lived in Wales, moved to work in London, quit to go travelling, had a summer of festivalling, and scurried back to Wales again. It’s been an eventful couple of years, and I have to admit that coming back to the Motherland has definitely meant a homecoming to a slower pace of living.

But even though I’ve lived a stone’s throw away from the Welsh capital for most of my life, it’s exciting to have a flat to come home to right in the thick of things (that’s not shared with four other personalities), and time to explore the ins-and-outs of a new city in my own time.

Cardiff may not be far from home, and I’ve walked these streets a thousand times, but it’s surprising what you can find when you’ve got time to dig a little deeper.

Here are some favourites so far…

(And if you’re tempted to visit? Use this code for £25 towards an Airbnb stay – I recommend searching for Tramshed Cardiff, real cute!)

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For a breakfast bite:

Brød: The Danish Bakery

A cosy corner cafe serving up freshly baked Danish goods, it’s the perfect spot to take five minutes for yourself. Treat yourself to an olive bread and a warm drink with your morning newspaper, and you’re all fuelled up for a day of exploring!

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For your avo fix:

Penylan Pantry

This cute cafe/deli has been all over my Instagram feed for a while now, and when I finally got a chance to visit, I was up there amongst it’s biggest fans. Selling fresh fruit and veg and local produce, this darling space also boasts the best chili avo toast in town (judged by me, obvz). Treat your tastebuds to a banging brunch, then pop over to nearby Roath boating lake to row it all off.

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For a cheeky tipple:

The Brass Beetle

Four words: peach gin and tonic. Hands down, one of the best concoctions to have passed these lips – and boy, have there been a few of those. Also serving up pizza in v stylish surroundings, but are you even still reading after that picture of peach perfection? Go. Go forth and gin.

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For grazing:

Society Standard

A pretty hip eatery offering truffle mac and cheese, scrumptious pesto and mozzarella sandwiches, local beers and a gin menu, you can fill up your belly to kick off your night – also conveniently placed a few doors down from the aforementioned Brass Beetle, if you’re a keen cocktail crawler.

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For your inner Indie Cindy:

The Castle Emporium

Coffee, vinyl, independent stores and a farm foods vending machine – just a few gems you’ll find hidden away on the infamous Womanby Street. Laid-back vibes and friendly locals wait inside, where customers are encouraged to spin some records and peruse the goods on offer at their leisure.

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For a Sunday breather:

St Fagans National Museum of History

A short drive/bus ride out of the city will bring you to St Fagans, a free museum documenting Welsh life over the decades. Grab some sweets from the traditional sweet shop on site and take a stroll through the greenhouses and gardens of the castle – it certainly clears the lungs at this time of year!

Convinced yet? Here’s that Airbnb code again – get £25 off your stay today!

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