Cardiff Restaurants and Dining
(Cardiff, South Glamorgan, South Wales, UK)
Cardiff has developed a reputation for excellent restaurants and fine dining, with Cardiff's restaurant chefs being lucky enough to work with fresh local produce. Now considered to be one of the best places for dining in the whole of Wales, over recent years Cardiff has expanded its variety of cuisine and now has a large and impressive selection of restaurants, serving world-class food. Local eateries range from the most basic snack bars and food stalls , to popular coffee shops, street cafés and high-class restaurants in and around the city centre.
With some of the best cafés, coffee shops, bistros, pubs and restaurants in Wales, many of which have great views of the city, restaurants in Cardiff usually provide excellent value for money. Most eateries offer discounts on dining for both children and senior citizens eating. Typical cuisine in Cardiff includes fresh seafood, such as mussels, cockles, scallops and shellfish, more than 50 different Welsh cheeses and the famous Welsh lamb.
New restaurants are appearing everywhere is Cardiff, creating and endless choice of dining in the city. From Chinese-themed establishments to French bistros, from Greek tavernas to Spanish Tapas bars, restaurants have something for everyone.
If you wish to eat breakfast outside of your hotel, then central Cardiff offers a variety of breakfast and dining options. One of the most popular places to eat breakfast is at one of the city's many coffee shops, including popular brands like Starbucks, the Coffee House Café, Coffee House Rendezvous and the Seattle Coffee Co. The majority of coffee shops in Cardiff city centre open at around 07:30 and serve coffee, hot chocolate, teas and a good selection of pastries. Other breakfast options in the city include a number of central bars, which serve full-Welsh breakfasts in their restaurant areas, including sausages, bacon, black pudding and scrambled eggs, as well as other more continental choices.
Lunch is a particularly popular meal and many of Cardiff's restaurants, brasseries, cafés and bars attract people at lunchtime by reducing their prices. Lunch is generally eaten between 11:30 to 14:30 and a typical lunchtime menu is similar to the evening dinner menu, but much more inexpensive. Many of the larger eateries also offer 'eat as much as you want' lunchtime buffets at fixed prices, which offer good value for money. These restaurants are spread throughout Cardiff, but are particularly concentrated in the city centre. There is a thriving street-café culture and many of the cafés in the city centre have seating areas on the wide pavements outside, where you can seat and enjoy some people watching.
Cardiff offers a number of fastfood restaurants and outlets in and around the city centre, offering a wide choice of takeaway food, which is perfect for eating on benches in nearby park areas and central squares. These fastfood restaurants in Cardiff include McDonalds, Burger King, Uncle Sams, Chick King, Pizza Hut, Dominos Pizza, Pizza World, fish and chip shops, Chinese and Indian takeaways, kebab shops and local burger bars.
For other lunchtime snacks, the city has many popular bakeries, which provide an enormous selection of freshly made sandwiches, baguettes, salads, pasties, sausage rolls and cakes.
Restaurants throughout Cardiff usually open for dinner at around 18:00 and stay open until around 23:30 or later, although many may open earlier or be open throughout the day. The city is home to so many restaurants, brasseries and bistros to choose from that you are almost spoilt for choice. Eateries range from fairly inexpensive bar food to the most luxurious food, in world-class gourmet restaurants.