Roath is fast becoming known as one of the most creative and diverse suburbs within the city. A home to students, young professionals, and families, this is a place where people from all walks of life come together, making it a vibrant and interesting place to live, work, and enjoy.
Roath’s huge, open park is where people come to sit and eat ice cream on a summer’s day, and with it being just a stone’s throw from the wonderfully well-heeled Wellfield Road, it’s easy to spend the evenings drinking coffee or wine in one of the nearby cafes and restaurants have popped up in recent years.
The aforementioned Wellfield Road seems like the obvious choice for eating out in Roath, with the Cameo Club, Porro, Sushi Life and Chai Street all having opened here relatively recently, offering hungry locals the choice of British, Italian, Japanese and Indian street-food menus respectively.
Vegans are well catered-for too; Roath is home to Anna Loka Cardiff’s first fully vegan restaurant, and Blanche Bakery , Cardiff’s first fully vegan bakery whose pastel coloured donuts are the stuff of Instagram legend.
For a veritable food safari, head to City road, where you can find cuisines from almost every corner of the world, from Lebanese and Moroccan at the acclaimed Mezza Luna, to Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, Syrian, Turkish and Mediterranean. Here, you’ll also find Milgi, a vegetarian restaurant whose roast dinners with cashew mac & ‘cheese’ have to be tasted in order to understand just how good veggie food can be.
Café culture is alive and well in Roath; you’ll find plenty of places to sit and contemplate over a cup of something hot. Again, the Wellfield Road area stands out, with Café du Chat Noir attracting people from across the city for the Croque Monseur alone. Chai offers an interesting change from the norm, serving chais, teas and snacks by day and an Indian influenced dinner menu in the evening. Just a short walk away is Deli Rouge , where a mouth-watering array of tapas can be washed down with a juicy bottle of red.
Waterloo Tea also have two outposts in this part of town; one at Wellfield, and the other the brand’s namesake, occupying an idyllic location opposite Waterloo Gardens. And further up the road, you’ll find Penylan Pantry, an award-winning café and deli specialising in local produce, and whose forward-thinking commitments to sustainability are leading the way within the city.
The Albany, located on a quiet back street, is the favourite pub among locals; a traditional bar that splits the pub into front and back, cask beers, a fantastic beer garden and a welcoming atmosphere keep people coming back again and again. For cocktails The Cameo on Welfield Road is the obvious choice, especially in summer when the windows open out onto the street in front.
It’s also worth mentioning that Roath has its own single barrel microbrewery, brewing German inspired beers whose names each tell a story about the history of the local area. You can pick up a bottle at the farmer’s market which pitches up in Mackintosh Place every Saturday morning, and at independent restaurants and bars around the city.