You’ll find some of the best restaurants and cafes in the region at Caernarfon. As you can expect from a royal town with a busy port, the food scene is well-supplied with fresh and tasty produce. There are plenty of talented kitchens concocting all manner of menus for you to feast on during your stay.
Places to eat in Caernarfon
Osteria is a tiny but tasty Tuscan restaurant on the aptly named Hole in the Wall Street. It’s practically in the shadow of Caernarfon Castle. The food is authentic Italian and tasty, and the wine list is excellent. It’s a convenient location and acts as a cafe during the daytime, so no matter the hour, you can call in and sample some of its sublime Tuscan cuisine.
Alternatively, make your way a couple of doors down to Ouzo and Olive for a delicious taste of the Mediterranean in a stylish little Greek taverna on Hole in the Wall Street. The food is incredible, and the portions are generous. The staff couldn’t be friendlier, and the atmosphere is excellent. When it’s busiest on the weekend, it feels like you’re in Corfu, not North Wales.
Villa Marina is another delicious Italian restaurant, this time on Rhes Segontiwm. It’s a tiny eatery with some big flavours and the best pizza in town. Enjoy views of the castle from the top floor and be sure to sample the specials menu; we’ve always found it to be a delight. Oh, and be sure to save room for some tiramisu; it’s delicious.
Make the 10-minute drive into the countryside to The Mill Bistro Y Felin from our Caernarfon hotel, and you’ll be rewarded with some of the best food in the region. The menu is made up of the very best local produce such as Welsh Black beef and lamb from Llanfair Farm. You can taste the difference; it’s all delicious and nicely plated, plus service is excellent, the setting is rustic but nice and airy and the prices are more than reasonable.
If you find yourself craving a curry during your stay, we have a couple of very good Indian restaurants we can recommend. First up is Sopna, the tandoori restaurant in Rhosbodrual. It was previously named the best curry house in Wales, so they must know a thing or two about Bangladeshi cuisine.
If you don’t fancy going out of town, you can visit Curry Scene on Bangor Street. Similar to Sopna, Curry Scene was named North Wales’ best curry house. We absolutely love the place. A word to the wise: It’s not licensed so you’ll have to bring your beverages with you. If you forget, there’s an off-license next door.
Planning on taking on Snowdon? Wales’ highest mountain is nearby and sits at the summit of our recommended activities in Caernarfon. Before taking on the beast, you’ll want to get something substantial in your belly. Caffi Gwynant is nearby and serves an excellent range of healthy, nutritious and delicious home-made food for you to fill up on. It’s housed in a converted chapel, which makes for a beautiful setting and some truly stunning surroundings.
Another popular choice for people taking on Snowdonia is the Lodge Dinorwig Cafe. We highly recommend the burgers and wraps. Portions are big, prices are reasonable and the food is very tasty. It’s on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, and the views are absolutely incredible, especially if the weather’s kind enough to eat al fresco.
In central Caernarfon, Y Gegin Fach is another of our favourites. The name is Welsh for ‘The Little Kitchen’. It’s a classic cafe, which serves simple, delicious and traditional dishes such as rarebit, Welsh cakes and an excellent lamb stew. Find it on Pool Hill, often absolutely packed to the rafters.
Lastly, if you’re looking to indulge a sweet tooth, Scoops on Palace Street is an artisan ice cream parlour with a menu of creative flavours, which you can enjoy with authentic Dutch pancakes – delicious!