As we all know, we have an ‘interesting’ climate here in Britain and when the sun actually shines we want to spend as much time outside as possible. Now that summer’s here, make the most of it by dining al fresco. Wriggle has picked the best places in Cardiff to grab a bite to eat while soaking the sun.
The city centre - Pettigrew Tea Rooms
One of the great things about Cardiff is that you can get around the city centre in under ten minutes. Good things really do come in small packages. If you’re in town, you’re close to Cardiff Castle and its beautiful grounds are perfect for a picnic. Or head over to the National Museum Cardiff – the grassy space outside is another great place for sun worshippers.
Pettigrew Tea Rooms is the place to go for afternoon tea but it’s also right next to Cardiff Castle so you can soak up a bit of sunshine and history while enjoying some damn fine cake.
Fancy a pint? At Small Bar, you can sit outside and gobble down hot dogs and burgers. There are lots of vegan friendly options here, too.
On Sundays, stroll over to the Riverside Market (it’s right next to the Principality Stadium) and enjoy some fine street food, including the best toasted sandwiches we’ve ever tasted courtesy of Mr Croquewich, and some fine Indian food. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of the market or head over to Bute Park, which is just over the road.
The Grazing Shed has long been one of our favourite Cardiff burger joints and both city centre branches offer outdoor seating – or grab a takeaway and head to the park.
You haven’t lived until you visit New York Deli. This Cardiff institution does heavenly (and huge) sandwiches and burgers which you can eat in the arcade or in the Castle Grounds, which is a stone’s throw away.
If it’s boiling hot (hey, we can dream), check out Science Cream, Wales’ only liquid nitrogen ice cream parlour. Watch the super scientists make your sundae then head over to the Castle Grounds to enjoy – it’s just across the road.
Cardiff Bay is a beauty. It might seem that there are chain restaurants wherever you look but we’ve found some lovely little indie places you’ll love. Mermaid Quay is the best spot to soak up the sun but if you want to see some wildlife, head over to the nearby nature reserve – just remember not to feed the ducks!
We love Pizza Pronto, especially because owner Kev also feeds those in need. Pay an extra quid for your pizza and you too can contribute to a local charity. The pizzas are pretty perfect, too.
Perhaps we shouldn’t be telling you this but World of Boats (also known as the Look Out Café) is one of the best sun traps in Cardiff. If you’re lucky enough to get a table you’ll get some stunning views, plus some decent beer and bar snacks.
Nata & Co is one of our favourite places for pastries and has three sites in Cardiff. If you’re in the Bay, grab a coffee and one of their famous custard tarts and stroll down to Mermaid Quay.
Caffi Sio is new to the Bay but as it’s the little sister of Chapter Arts Centre, you can expect fine food, wine and coffee. It’s a great place to work but if the sun’s shining, order your lunch to go.
If it’s ice cream you’re after, Cadwaladers is the only place to go. This family-owned ice cream parlour overlooks Mermaid Quay and has plenty of outdoor seating.
Roath and Cathays
Everything at The Moos is vegan and boy, is it tasty. Grab a healthy salad, smoothie or salad and head to the park – or try the dairy-free ice cream.
Penylan Pantry is a delicious deli serving hearty sandwiches and salads – perfect for lunch in nearby Roath Park.
Voted one of Cardiff’s top restaurants, Anna Loka is 100% vegan and serves the most amazing burgers, salads and sandwiches. They also do takeaway.
Mamma Mia! Porro serves some of Cardiff’s finest Italian food and its restaurant on Wellfield Road has a lovely little outdoor area for al fresco dining. There’s also a sister site in Llandaff.
If you’re a bread head or crazy for cake, you need to pay a visit to The Early Bird. Grab a takeaway or enjoy a leisurely lunch in the back garden.
Canton and Pontcanna
There are plenty of parks here and you’ll also find the sprawling Llandaff and Pontcanna Fields which will take you all the way into town and beyond if you fancy taking a scenic route.
We love a bit of Dusty Knuckle for brilliant beers and pizzas. Eat in the back garden or head over to Llandaff Fields, a five-minute walk away.
If we’re talking pizzas, it would be rude not to mention Calbrisella. This Italian café serves up some of the best pizzas in town and when it’s sunny you can sit outside with an Aperol Spritz and pretend you’re on holiday.
Lufkin does a damn fine cup of coffee which you can enjoy in the little area outside. Perfect with a slice of cake, some terrific toast or if it’s really hot, some ice cream.
If you’re spending the afternoon in Victoria Park, pop into Parc Deli for some tasty sandwiches and service with a smile. It sure is a friendly place.