Now is the perfect time to be sat in a warm cafe sipping on something delicious and watching the freezing world go by. Sarah Philpott (aka Vegging It) is a girl in-the-know on this subject and gave us the low-down.

Brr! It’s cold out there so snuggle up with one of these cosy drinks from our favourite Cardiff indie cafes. Vegans can get into the festive spirit too as most these places offer soy, almond or oat milk if you’re after a dairy-free option.

Boardroom Café 

The worst of days will go from zero to hero after a toffee apple latte from The Boardroom Café. Sit back and soak up the surf and skate memorabilia with surf movies playing on a big screen and surf magazines to read. A combination of caffeine, great food and alt-sport culture is perfect for soul searching.

Where: 8 Duke Street Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1AZ

Grazing Shed

Not just for burgers. Get your flat white from Handlebar Barista on weekday mornings and during weekend brunch – it goes perfectly with one of their wonderful waffles.

Where: 37 St Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1AD and 1 Barrack Lane, Cardiff CF10 2FR

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Coffee am Byth

Wrap up warm and try Jamie’s delicious salted caramel lattes and peanut butter hot chocolate – drool.

Where: Catch Jamie at the RCMA Farmers’ Markets every weekend. He’s in Roath on Saturdays and Riverside on Sundays

Outpost

Get your coffee fix and chat to Sophie and Matt about all things music related at this cool little hideaway in the city centre. Our favourites are the hot chocolate and the V60.

Where: Castle Emporium, Womanby St, Cardiff CF10 1BS

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Octavo’s

This independent book shop and café bar is tucked away in Cardiff Bay and serves a mean flat white. The mulled cider goes down a treat, too.

Where:  West Bute Street, Cardiff CF10 5LJ

Kemi’s

Enjoy a flat white in this friendly little café. Ask for oat or almond milk if you fancy something a bit different – and don’t forget to order some vegan cake at the same time.

Where: 186-188 Kings Road, Canton, Cardiff CF11 9DH

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Chapter

There’s plenty of coffee and culture at this popular arts centre but if you’re not a caffeine machine, a warming cup of pear and ginger tea will hit the spot.

Where: 40 Market Road, Canton, Cardiff CF5 1QE

Brød

Well, it wouldn’t be winter without a (vegan) Danish pastry and a cappuccino, would it?  

Where: 26 Wyndham Crescent, Canton, Cardiff CF11 9EG

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The Parc Deli

OK, so technically this isn’t a warm drink but doesn’t it look Christmassy? If you’ve not tried horchata, it’s made from rice milk and almonds (so suitable for vegans) and is 100% delicious. There are plenty of hot drinks on the menu too.

Where: 444A Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff CF5 1BJ

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The Moos

This vegan café serves a mean hot chocolate and this beautiful beetroot latte. Team with the best Christmas panini in town.

Where: 114 Whitchurch Rd, Cardiff CF14 3LY

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Kin + Ilk

Where Cardiff’s creatives come to work, play – and drink coffee. This vegan mocha is sure to get you wired up. 

Where: No 1 Capital Quarter, Smart Way, Tyndall Street, Cardiff CF10 4BZ and 31 Cathedral Road, Cardiff CF11 9HB

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Anna Loka

Cardiff’s only 100% vegan restaurant also does great coffee. Just look at this beautiful soy latte and banana cake. 

Where: 114 Albany Road, Roath, Cardiff CF24 3RU

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Ten Feet Tall

One of our favourite city centre bars is known for its cocktails but have you tried the magical mulled cider? A must for getting through Christmas shopping season… 

Where: Church Street, Cardiff CF10 1BG

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Lufkin

This lovely little coffee spot in the heart of Pontcanna is a great space to work or catch up with friends. The takeaway cups are 100% biodegradable too and they deliver by bike. 

Where: 183A Kings Road, Cardiff CF11 9DF

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Waterloo Tea

Waterloo Tea is an ocean of calm in the city centre with sister sites in Penylan and Penarth. There are hot drinks aplenty but our favourite is this vibrant tangerine tea. The vegan cakes are pretty special too. 

Where: 21-25 Wyndham Arcade, Cardiff CF10 1FH; 5 Waterloo Gardens, Cardiff CF23 5AA and 1-3 Washington Buildings, Stanwell Rd, Penarth CF64 2AD

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