(Cardiff, South Glamorgan, South Wales, UK)
Cardiff contains an interesting selection of markets, and whilst many visitors to the city prefer to explore the glamorous department stores and indoor malls, others like to haggle over the price of their goods with friendly stallholders.
Boasting an extremely central location, Cardiff Central Market is known in Welsh as 'Marchnad Caerdydd' and stands close to both the House of Fraser and the St. John the Baptist City Parish Church, with the entrance situated on St. Mary Street. The building itself is typically Victorian in character and it is believed that markets have been held on this very spot since the 18th century. There are two levels, with a balcony encircling the ground floor and offering good views of the action below.
Cardiff Central Market
Address: The Hayes, Cardiff, CF10 1AU, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2082 2670
Central Market, in the heart of the city centre, is one of the most popular on offer here, being officially established in 1891 and today, open throughout the week and again on Saturday. The original supermarket, visitors can expect to find a large number of indoor stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables, seafood, meat, cheeses, snacks, homewares, books, music, furniture, collectors' items and general bric a brac. If you search hard, you will likely uncover some genuine bargains. Of interest, Ashton's the fishmongers has been selling seafood here for more than 150 years.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 08:00 to 17:30
Robert's Emporium Market
Address: 58-60 Salisbury Road, Cardiff, CF24 4AD, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2023 5630
Situated in central Cardiff, in the Cathays district and close to the university, Robert's Emporium Market is a large indoor venue with a wide variety of stalls. Attractions here include a number of antique traders, furniture, paintings, ceramics, mirrors, jewellery, second-hand clothes and books.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 09:00 to 17:00
St. David's Market
Address: Barracks Lane, The Hayes, Cardiff, CF10 2FN, Wales, UK
Tel: +44 (0)29 2022 7281
St. David's Market can be found in the city centre, in the Hayes district of Cardiff. Close to many of the city's most famous landmarks and tourist attractions, such as the spectacular St. David's Cathedral, St. David's Market is a lively open-air option selling fruit and vegetables - including organic produce, plants, flowers and other general goods.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 10:00 to 17:00
Address: St. Mary's Street, Cardiff, Wales, UK
Located under the railway bridge at the bottom of St. Mary Street, Jacob's Market is best known for selling vintage clothing, leather jackets, antique furniture, jewellery, silver, lace, Gothic items and affordable collectors' items.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 09:30 to 17:00