It's payday weekend, it's a bank holiday, and we don't have to wake up with an alarm for three whole days. Why not celebrate this delicious freedom by eating and drinking at some of the finest foodie establishments in the 'diff?

We've handpicked a few of our favourite bank-holiday deals to keep you well-fed all weekend. 

Pancakes & Prosecco @ Garlands

Walk into Garlands and it’s a bit like going back in time. Hidden away in Duke Street Arcade and a stone’s throw away from the castle, Garlands has been serving coffee, cake – and cawl – for over 65 years. This cosy cafe is the perfect place to escape the stresses of modern life – settle in for a plate of light fluffy pancakes and glass of fizz to start off your weekend with a bang. Toppings include streaky bacon, scrambled eggs and maple flavour syrup; grilled halloumi, scrambled eggs, and maple flavour syrup; Tennessee style pulled pork and maple flavour syrup; and homemade fruit compote.

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A Full Welsh Breakfast @ Pettigrew Tea Rooms

Established back in 2012 within the picturesque Castle walls of Bute Park's gatehouse, Pettigrew’s period setting is matched perfectly by its quintessentially eclectic crockery and selection of chinaware from times gone by. You'll see it adorning tablecloths and hear its gentle tinkling as a procession of "milk and two sugars" are stirred to perfection. Killer cakes, scones and fancies greet you from a glass cabinet at the front of the tea room and savoury lunchtime classics promise to satisfy even the most ravenous park explorer. Team Wriggle regularly goes weak at the knees at the thought of Pettigrew's Coffee & Walnut or Sticky Lemon Drizzle creations, and words can't describe how good the Carrot Cake tastes. But Pettigrew’s are not only about tea, cake and lazy lunches. Oh no. Their stonking Welsh breakfasts (served with freshly baked laverbread scones, obviously) are game-changing in this part of town. You won't want to miss them.

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Brunch & a bloody mary @ Llaeth & Siwgr (Old Library)

This latest venture from the Milk & Sugar empire is Llaeth & Siwgr - a welsh speaking off-shoot based in the former old library building in the city centre. This light and airy café is based on the second (and top) floor of the building boasts triple heigh ceilings, giant Victorian sash windows and an all-white aesthetic which make it an Instagrammer's dream. Thanks to having a full chef's kitchen (open to the restaurant so you can watch them work) the cafe serves up an ever changing menu of breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes, as well as made-to-order sandwiches and salads.

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Ultimate waffle stack & a coffee @ Hard Lines & Vinyl

Hard Lines– Matt & Sophie's wondering bastion of specialty coffee and oh-so-groovy musical wax – is a very welcome permanent addition to the already fantastic Castle Emporium (a city centre hub for pop-ups, boutiques and feel-good independence). Once inside, you'll find yourself enveloped with the aroma of freshly percolated single-origin beans and a soft, rhythmic record player crackle. The chipboard caffeine station doubles up as a record cabinet, too, so - if you're anything like us - the prospect of flicking through a few EPs whilst waiting for your V60 to finish its dripping should be nothing short of irresistible. It's a lo-fi treat for the senses, but - as you'll discover - Outpost are undeniably high-tec on coffee (provenance, proper process and a premium product are all of paramount importance).

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Sunday Roast + a Bloody Mary @ Servini's

Servini’s has been around for nearly fifty years in Wyndham Arcade (the oldest arcade in Cardiff, no less) – there's a whole lotta history in this room. With a team boasting over 45 years experience, they offer freshly cooked food in a cosy, comfortable environment. This is honest food done well, sold at an affordable price. Expect knock out coffee and all the best-loved British staples – including proper Sunday roasts. Servini's is an excellent spot for a quick lunch or a lazy morning watching the world float through the arcade. Be sure to arrive early if you’re planning to bag a welsh cake, though!

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Sunday afternoon pints of Pipes Beer @ Gwdihw

Gwdihw is a pint-sized highlight amongst Cardiff's city centre tapestry of bars, venues and clubs - marrying consistently brilliant live music and leftfield ambiance with the sort of unaffected cool and genuine unorthodoxy that only really develops after years of embracing heavy nights, rolling with the hangovers and not paying too much attention to what anybody (apart from the adoring regulars) thinks. Wedged betwixt a train bridge, an NCP car park, a secluded back alley and two of Cardiff's most well established restaurants (shout out to Madeira and Thai house!), Gwdihw compensates for its inconspicuous Guildford Crescent location by greeting allcomers with a Sergeant Peppers-esque blaze of colour.

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Japanese Feast for Two @ Yakitori #1

There’s a few reasons why Wriggle love the sushi at Cardiff Bay’s Yakitori #1. Sashimi platters are an exercise in precisely executed simplicity whilst maki rolls are beautifully decorated with bright orange fish roe and seaweed fronds. But, it’s not just the sushi at this modern Japanese canteen which is worth checking out. Soba noodles are loaded with plenty of meat (unlike that well known chain place), vegetable tempura is served in the lightest of batters and golden gyoza are stuffed with fragrant fillings. In an area which is dominated by chain restaurants, Yakitori #1 is a beacon of quality independence.

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Afternoon Tea for Two w/Fizz @ Cocorico Patisserie

With the quality of French patisserie being knocked out by Cocorico you could be easily forgiven for thinking you’re sat in a trendy Paris cafe. But no, this is Whitchurch Road and the artisan behind Cocorico’s cracking pastries is Frenchman Laurian Veaudour. As is only fitting for such perfect patisserie, they’re showcased in a glass cabinet running the length of the modern and minimalist café. The praline and hazelnut cream-filled Paris-Brest, salted caramel-filled tarte au chocolat and magnificent macarons are all some of the essential picks - but it’s not just the patisserie which is en pointe. Coffee is first rate, sandwiches are served on house pretzel buns and brunch dishes include smoked haddock kedgeree with a soft boiled egg.

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Six dish feast for two @ The Thai House

The Thai House is the historical home of Thai food in Cardiff, having arrived 30 years ago as the first of its kind in Cardiff. In that time Thai House has stood up to the tide of identikit chains flooding the St. Davids area through its delicious cooking and focus on Thai authenticity. The food zings with all the flavours you'd hope for in a Thai meal: chilli, ginger, garlic, Thai basil. We highly recommend trying the Massaman Curry, a peanut curry with beef, of exceptional quality. Along with that, Thai Classics such as Pad Thai, Tom Yum and Thai fish cakes reign supreme. If you're in the mood for a memorable meal at a restaurant with decades of personality, there's not much of a better choice in Cardiff than the Thai House.

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A Greek Feast for Two @ Maria's Greek Taverna

In keeping with traditional Greek values, this clean, bright and homely restaurant on Crwys Road bears the name of the family's matriarch. And very proud she must be, too, for this place is about as unpretentious and lovely as can be. Every dish on the menu at Maria's is prepared fresh to order, and all the classics are present; there's hearty fare like moussaka and souvlaki, mezze (think calamari and marina (fried whitebait) - and of course, Greek salads bursting with sun ripened olives, juicy tomatoes and tangy feta. Pining for a holiday but can't quite afford the air-fare? Book yourself in for a sunshiney meal at Maria's instead - it's just the ticket.

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Published -25th May 2018