I have stayed in the Park Inn Cardiff City Centre hotel a few times and I recommend it. It is good value for the price you pay. A modern hotel right in the center of Cardiff it, it provides its guests with high quality food and very helpful staff.
Chapter is an arts centre in an old school which has films, exhibitions and a great bar/cafe with real ales, foreign ales and good food during the day and evening. Well worth the trip out from the city centre.
Market Road, Canton Cardiff CF5 1QE
Chapter is situated in Canton, behind Cowbridge Road East, between Llandaff Road and Market Road. It is easily accessible from the city centre with a car park at the rear of the building and by buses numbers 17, 18 + 31 every 5 minutes from Cardiff Central. Ring 029 20 304400 for more details.
Chapter houses the city's only arthouse cinema, a great bar, a cafe (food is good though service can be slow when busy - allow plenty of time if you're eating before a show or film) and a theatre. It's an easy bus journey or a 15-20 minute walk from the centre of Cardiff.
A vegetarian restaurant that also serves some meat dishes. Vegans also catered for. Great fresh food, menu changes every two weeks, puddings to die for. Really.
Atmosphere buzzy and fun. Great value with three courses for £13.50. Licensed with fine wines and welsh beers.
40 Clifton Street, Cardiff CF24 1LR
Tel: 029 2045 4999
Nearest station - Cardiff Central
Bus: No. 12 Cardiff Bus
Portuguese-owned and run by Celia Soares and Maria Santos. Fantastic real Portuguese fare, fish dishes, all served with courtesy and smiles. Wines superb! Genuine menu and choice, excellent food. Highly recommended.
5, Romilly Crescent,
Pontcanna CARDIFF CF11 9NP
An excellent and innovative new concept at the Copthorne Hotel Cardiff.
They have a professional theatre company in house who offer four different West End-style shows. We saw the "West End to Broadway" show which was amazing - the cast are a very talented bunch of people.
The food served was excellent and the whole evening was fantastic value. The standard price is £27.50 but we booked a special offer with dinner theatre, room, & breakfast for only £89!
We have just booked for the Swing show next week! They also have a rock n roll show and a Western-themed one. They told me that there will be brand new shows for 2008!
Tel: 02920 599100
The Copthorne is at Culverhouse Cross opposite M&S. It is just a few minutes from Cardiff Bay and the city centre.
Great club with three floors with different flavours of music on each. Big with the student crowd but it is fairly eclectic all round. Open past 1am at weekends. There's a small cover charge overseen by the most friendly bouncers on Earth(really) and the drinks are priced at a song compared to anywhere but Laos. A winner.
11 Womanby Street, Cardiff, CF10 1BR t:029 2023 2199
More steam trains and castles than anywhere else in the UK. A distinct culture and language. Space. Few crowds and little traffic. Beautiful green scenery, coastline, mountains and water everywhere. A much more interesting and varied region than SW England.
This is a wiki about Cardiff, which gives info on places to eat and drink as well as things to do and see.
Maintained (but not exclusively) by the capital's residents, so you might find something that's not included in your average guide.
This is a pub very close to the city centre, near the Institiute of Welsh Sport and Sophia Gardens cricket ground. It has a good choice of real ales, mainly from Wales. If you'd like to hear Welsh spoken, all staff are fluent and this is a popular pub among the Welsh capital's sizable Welsh speaking community.
Y Mochyn Du
Tel: 029 2037 1599
The most fantastic Italian Restaurant in Cardiff, probably in Wales. Casanova is run by four young Italians who are passionate about their food. Finally an Italian restaurant without Spaghetti Bolognese and garlic bread on the menu!
The food is wonderful, superbly cooked, beautifully presented and top quality.The kind of place where the most important thing is the quality of the food! I can highly recommend a visit here.
Cardiff 13 Quay street
Tel: 029 2034 4044
I recommend Barfly to visit on 28th Aug 2006 as Jon Wilks' favourite Japanese band - Nanbanjin- are playing there. Excellent music from 1 Welshman, 1 English/Irishman and a mad New Zealander! Not to be missed.
Kingsway, Cardiff. Just around the corner from St Marys Street;
tel: 029 2039 6589
Visiting Cardiff on business, I took the wife, and on a recommendation visited Cardamom Indian Restaurant on a Thursday night. What a little treasure this place is! Fantastic cuisine excellent service and a very contemporary feel. A night to remember. Thank you Cardamom.
442c Cowbridge Road East;
tel: 029 2023 3506; www.cardamom.org.uk
Italian Restaurant in the shadow of the Millennium stadium. Friendly, good value, authentic Italian food - the sort of place which would be unremarkable in Cremona but helps it stand out amongst the pizza'n'pasta joints of Cardiff. Good value set lunch menu.
Quay Street which runs between St Mary St and the stadium
Not the place to stay if you want a quiet night's sleep. This part of Cardiff turns into party central over the weekend and the hotel is directly above one club and adjacent to others. Great if you want somewhere handy for the clubs - no good for families or those whose clubbing days are behind them.
Bottom of St Mary Street, not far from Central rail and bus station
The best restaurant in the Cardiff Bay area by some distance - in a nicely converted old dockside building with a rooftop terrace in summer. The food is modern British bistro food with lots of good fish and other local ingredients.
Stuart Street at the rear of the 'Mermaid Quay' development, which is dominated by forgettable chain catering
Five victorian shopping arcades which run off St Mary Street and High Street. The arcades are shopping centres as Jules Verne might have imagined them; beautifully ornate yet ever-so-slightly ramshackle. Full of interesting independent shops and cafes.
Walk along St Mary Street and High Street and you can't miss them!
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