Bordered by Birchgrove, Maindy and Student-heavy Cathays, this Cardiff suburb was originally called ‘The Great Heath’ due to the large park and woodland that it once contained.
Heath Park now forms the remainder of this grassy, woodland area, and is popular with dog walkers and nature lovers, giving local residents a place to escape from the hustle bustle of a now predominantly-residential area of the city.
Casual dining is a breeze in Heath, with Got Beef, plus relatively new venues like Society Standard and The Brass Beetle having successfully cornered the market for the restaurant / bar hybrid, serving up burgers, comfort food classics and stone-baked pizza respectively.
Asian options include chinese cuisine from the Crispy Duck, homestyle Indian cooking from Chutney Roti, and northeastern Indian dishes from Panama restaurant. But it’s not all casual dining; the outstanding Mint and Mustard has picked up plenty of accolades for its Keralan-inspired Indian fare, and is featured in the Good Food Guide and Michelin Bib Gourmand books, too.
Flying the flag for the veggies and vegans in this part of town is The Moos a simple cafe with a homely feel where dairy-dodgers can find every type of plant milk imaginable. Further up Whitchurch Road, The Pot has a cosy-cafe feel in the daytime, but transforms into a charming French bistro in the evenings. Meanwhile, the team behind Cocorico Patisserie made it down to last year’s finals in the BBC’s Bake Off: Creme de la Creme with their extravagant cakes and pastries created by French chef-owner, Laurian Veaudour.
For cocktails, pull up a stool at the The Brass Beetle , or head to the aforementioned Society Standard for a pint of craft beer or a glass of wine; when the weather warms up, there’s a decent sized beer garden in the back, too. The Heath, owned by Wales’ largest brewery Brains, is the biggest ‘proper pub’ in these parts, attracting a local crowd and popular with families, too.