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Where To Go In Cardiff

Despite being one of Europe’s youngest capital cities, Cardiff is quickly growing into one of the most exciting and diverse places to live and visit in the UK. With a proud Welsh heritage wrapped up in everything from the produce used in restaurants, to our most unpronounceable bar names, Cardiff offers a truly unique and celebratory culture unlike anything in any other European city. Moving to Cardiff has never been such an exciting prospect and as a local removals company we here to give you the lowdown on how to spend your time in Cardiff.
 
As well as hosting major sporting events like the Champion’s League in 2017, Cardiff is the cultural centre of Wales, running a number of artistic and Welsh and English language literary events. Combined with a thriving local music and events calendar, constantly evolving independent bar and restaurant scene and lively locals, Cardiff is chocka with things to do and places to go.
 
Although Cardiff has all the usual suspects when it comes to eating, drinking and shopping, we’ve rounded up a crack team of locals to give the real insight into the Welsh capital. 
 

Shopping

If you want a day out shopping, you're in luck, Cardiff’s got enough for at least two. The recently developed and sprawling St. Davids Dewi Sant Centre features all your high street and high end favourites, from Primark to Vivienne Westwood, and opens out onto even more shops on the high street. 
 
However, the indoor markets and Cardiff centre’s maze of arcades is really where it’s at. With a number of independent stores selling anything from bridal gowns, repurposed vintage clothing, to the expert purveyors at Wally’s Delicatessen, sourcing and stocking the best food from around the globe. The arcades display the best of Cardiff’s independent culture. Sat alongside great cafes like the vegetarian food haven Crumbs, the Arcades are an easy place to lose a day in.
 
Arcades Cardiff
 
And no trip to Cardiff would be complete without checking out Spiller Records. Located in Morgan Arcade, Spillers is the oldest record shop in the world, proudly acting as the nexus of the Cardiff music scene from 1894 to the present day.
 
Spiller Records Cardiff
 
Even in the suburbs, like Roath and Pontcanna, a multitude of clothing, home decor and miscellaneous shops co-exist alongside the residential areas.
 

Drinking

We do keep it under wraps, but us Welsh like a drink, which is why we’ve got one of the most exciting nightlife scenes in the U.K.
 
But if you're heading out for a casual drink, or setting out to impress, Cardiff’s got you covered too.
 
One of the most popular places to go for after work drinks that stretch well out into the weekend is the Urban Tap House. Set up by local brewing company Tiny Rebel and featuring their award winning brews alongside a heavily Welsh supporting cast of excellent independent ales, beers and ciders, the Urban Tap House is a hometown hero. With a backdrop of trendy exposed brick, stainless steel and vintage arcade games, this place is constantly buzzing, Monday through Sunday. 
 
Another Welsh and proud bar is the colourful Gwdihw. Although it might be difficult to wrap your tongue around the pronunciation, the friendly bar staff, intimate outdoor garden and cool, weekly events from tv themed pub quizzes and rooftop parties, make the mouth workout worth it. 
 
Gwdihw
 
If you've managed to score a date in the capital, the place to go is the The Dead Canary. Never one to be behind the trends, Cardiff’s own take on the speakeasy trend sweeping the U.K. bar scene is intimate, totally instagrammable (if it wasn't so dimly lit), with an incredible, and extensive, cocktail menu. The bartenders really know their stuff here, so don't be afraid to ask for recommendations.
 
Dead Canary
 

Eating

Eating out in Cardiff means you'll be spoiled for choice. From the family run Italian restaurants around Roath and Canton, to the vegan super restaurant Anna Loka on Albany Road, between the suburbs and city centre, you're bound to find something to suit every taste.
 
We’ve somehow managed to narrow down our exhaustive list to our three top favourites, although with the range of independent restaurants available, we highly encourage you to stray from the beaten path and find your own.
 
The Clink is the restaurant in Cardiff Prison. Although its primary purpose is to offer rehabilitation programmes for the prisoners, giving them valuable work experience in a highly performing kitchen, the Clink has quickly become one of the top rated restaurants in Cardiff.
 
The Clink
 
Using locally sourced produce to create a seasonal menu, and a drinks menu including a number of speciality cocktails, design in house, it's no wonder The Potted Pig is another firm favourite with Cardiff foodies. 
 
The Potted Pig
 
Last but by no means least is our favourite Vegetarian haunt, Milgis. Milgis uses fresh produce and an exciting menu to create food so good it'll convert even the staunchest of meat eaters. In the Winter it even has its own backyard Yurt for cosying up round a fire.
 

Going Out

As we mentioned before, Cardiff is renowned for its nightlife, catering to every kind of club goer, from students to the old school ravers. Outside of the usual clubs like Glam and Rev’s, and the ubiquitous Chip Shop Alley - where you’ll find everyone heading after kick out time - we’ve got a couple of offerings that'll give you something outside of the norm.
 
Local promoters Cellar Door are ones to watch, throwing their nights in unique venues like the old Cardiff Bank Vaults. Or, if you want something with a bit more of a crawl, head to Mill Lane. Jam packed with clubs and bars, including the aptly named below ground cocktail bar Ten Mill Lane, this strip is always teeming with locals and weekend visitors.
 
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