From cool hang outs to picture-perfect parks, uncover Cardiff’s hidden treasures away from the city bustle
Cardiff is much more than its famous waterfront and city centre. Away from the hubbub of the city’s big attractions and shopping centres, you’ll find a less frenzied area where those in the know hang out. Beyond the castle and in the student district, explore cool bars, boutique pubs, art galleries and live music venues. Discover tranquil parks, historic buildings and gastronomic gems.
Put your dancing shoes on for live acts ranging from pop to blues and everything in between at the converted cinema, The Globe. Watch an art-house flick in the stylish cultural space Chapter, before feasting on locally-sourced food at the venue’s award-winning Caffi Bar. For the best fish and chips in town (and there are a few contenders), head to Younger’s Fish Bar, a family-run chip shop which serves sublime monkfish and chips.
You’ll be spoilt for choice for green space. Never get tired of exploring colossal Bute Park, its 75 football pitches worth of gorgeous garden and woodlands, alongside the flowing River Taff. It’s so big that it swallows up the SWALEC Stadium, home to Glamorgan County Cricket Club and worth a visit in itself.
Hire a boat in Roath Park’s grand lake to row out to the whitewashed clock tower, before relaxing with a mouthwatering ice cream in the beautiful botanic gardens. Or pay a visit to stunning Gothic-style Llandaff Cathedral, nestled in a valley among tranquil fields, for a glimpse of the stained glass window of 6th-Century English King Arthur.