With a huge variety of tasty eateries offering local produce, innovative cooking and great views, Cardiff is perfect for a dining experience, whether you’re a real foodie or just looking for a great night out with food to match. Book a table for a fine dining extravaganza, take a trip to the waterfront to watch the sunset or grab some tasty street food while you’re on the go. Whatever kind of food you’re looking for, this guide will help you choose a deliciously good option for eating out. Want to make the most of the Cardiff Bay views or be in the centre of the street food scene? You’ll find a Cardiff Premier Inn Hotel nearby where you can get your stay off to a great start.
Places to eat in Cardiff
Whether you’re looking for great-quality local ingredients or the best bold and innovative cooking, Cardiff’s restaurants have something on the menu for you. You’ll find most of them in the city centre, just a stone’s throw from Premier Inn’s Cardiff City Centre hotel.
From Anglesey sea salt to wild garlic foraged from the Taff Trail, you’ll find the finest Welsh ingredients at Duck Egg Bleu. Serving up a mix of modern and classic dishes on the regularly changing menu, typical dishes you’ll find here include celeriac and apple soup with walnuts and Perl Las cheese and grilled sea bream, haddock and mussel bouillabaisse with pickled carrot and ginger.
Set in an imposingly gothic building in the centre of the city, Park House has a dining experience to match its grand entrance. The restaurant focuses on making the perfect food and wine pairings, so you’ll find a tipple recommendation for every dish on the menu.
Looking for a meat-free option? Take a trip to Milgi. This restaurant is 100% vegetarian and offers a great range of vegan-friendly food, too. Typical dishes that you’ll find on the menu include beer-battered halloumi, vegan meatballs and thalis. When you’ve finished eating, be sure to have a drink in the beer garden - which is a giant yurt.
For great views with your meal, head to The Classroom - Y Dosbarth near to the Premier Inn hotel Cardiff North. Located on the top floor of Cardiff and Vale College, this restaurant really has the wow factor. It has a floor-to-ceiling glass dining room, which means you have amazing views of the whole city. With high-quality ingredients, a focus on regional Welsh produce and dishes that are prepared from scratch, the menu also lives up to the amazing vista.
If you prefer a view of the waterfront, head down to Cardiff Bay for a huge array of restaurants and cafés, all with breathtaking panoramic vistas. Bayside Brasserie offers classic seafood and meat dishes, all with great views of the sunset over the harbour. Then, if you’ve booked into our Cardiff City South hotel, you’ll be able to enjoy a romantic waterside stroll home.
For more exotic flavours, head to the award-winning Mint and Mustard for a modern take on Indian cuisine using the highest quality ingredients. For traditional homemade Italian food, take a trip to Café Citta. Here you’ll find everything from pizza and pasta to steaks and salads, plus some great Italian desserts.
If you fancy delicious Chinese dishes in an original setting, Summer Palace is definitely worth a visit. Serving all the traditional shrimp toast, spicy Singapore rice noodles and crispy aromatic duck that you’d expect, it’s the location that really stands out here. Housed in a 13th century stone building opposite the Old Bishop's Palace in Llandaff, you won’t find anywhere else quite like this restaurant in Cardiff.
Modern take on Indian cuisine
Milgi is a vegetarian restaurant
Whether you’re looking for a huge fry-up or just a quick coffee and a Welsh cake (or two), you’ll be spoilt for choice - the café culture in Cardiff is out of this world.
Looking for somewhere to start your day? Brilliant brunches await at the classic greasy spoon Ramon’s Café - they have a legendary mammoth breakfast to challenge even the biggest appetite. Or take a trip to The Deck where you can build your own omelette. Start by selecting your number of eggs, then choose your fillings. From the more conservative sausage and bacon to the adventurous jalapenos and olives, the choice is yours!
Feeling health conscious? Make your way to Milk and Sugar for porridge, poached eggs and plenty of crushed avocado.
Next up, lunch! And, if you’re on a budget, you’ll have no trouble finding somewhere to eat in Cardiff. Head to one of the city’s many covered Victorian shopping arcades and you’ll discover plenty of places to lunch in style, without worrying about your wallet. At Madame Fromage you’ll find a Welsh café and deli with a bit of a French influence. Expect everything from galettes and baked camembert to boeuf bourguignon and rarebit – all coming in under £10.
More cheap eats can be found by following the student crowd to Hogwurst. Located near the university buildings in Cathays Park, this relaxed coffee shop is cluttered with books and bric-a-brac, and serves some seriously tasty hot dogs and crispy fries.
If that all sounds a bit too meaty, head to Crumbs Kitchen in the Morgan Arcade. Make your own salad bowl from the incredibly well-stocked salad bar or warm yourself up with a hearty vegetarian or vegan soup, curry or chilli.
Want to enjoy all the flavours of the best food in Cardiff but without the unnecessary formalities and higher price tag of restaurant dining? Cardiff’s thriving farmer’s markets and street food scene has lots to offer you.
Every year the Street Food Circus picks a new venue and sets up its stalls and huge dining hall tent ready to welcome food fans from all over. Serving everything from burgers and brisket to coffee and craft ale, join the crowds discovering what will be the next big thing in flavour. Previous years have seen Stable Yard and Sophia Gardens transformed into foodie heaven. Be sure to check the Street Food Circus website before your visit to see where they’ll be popping up in Cardiff this year.
Or head to Cardiff Central Market to get a bit of history along with some tasty delicacies - there’s been a market here for over 100 years. A great option if the weather’s not playing ball, this bustling Victorian market is covered by a glass room, allowing you to sample food from several different cuisines without dodging the raindrops.
If you love a mooch around artisan food stalls, head to the Riverside Market. Situated just opposite the Principality Stadium, it’s open every Sunday from 10am until 2pm. One of the best-known farmers’ markets in the UK, it snakes round the bank of the River Taff - and is a showcase for some of the best food producers in Wales.