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. We've rounded up the best places in Cardiff to grab a bite to eat while soaking up the sun. 

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Since 2015, Bwydiful's bright orange stall has been a well-loved fixture at events all around the 'Diff, and now they're a permanent fixture - hurrah! Their signature burgers feature local, independent produce and the best Welsh beef, from Farmer's Pantry at Rosedew Farm in Llantwit Major. Now you'll be able to enjoy their amazing artisan burgers whenever you fancy, and that, dear Wriggler, is excellent news.

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Cardiff’s first 100% vegan restaurant is run by cheerful chappie, Adam, who also happens to be a Hare Krishna monk. He’s here to offer customers compassionate food choices without compromising on quality or taste – and if the Trip advisor reviews are anything to go by, it’s working. Even the most militant of meat eaters will be licking their plates after a meal here. Weekend brunch is a must and the Cali, a vegan version of the classic full English, will cure the heaviest hangover. There’s more healthy but hearty grub on the menu in the form of salads, wraps, burgers, curries, cakes and more; trust us, you’ll drool just looking at the menu. There are plenty of gluten free options available too. They say that you are what you eat and we guarantee that you’ll leave Anna-Loka with a spring in your step.

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Veri Peri are serving up deliciously authentic Portuguese cuisine, that's guaranteed to keep you coming back for more. Their menu includes the much renowned specialities of chicken or beef espetada, cataplana & sizzling steaks and we're pretty sure that once you visit Veri Peri, you’ll never want to leave. The ambience is exquisite, the food is delicious and the experience is unique. So, Veri Peri is much more than a restaurant, it’s a fascinating journey into a world-class cuisine.

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Society Standard is the third offering from the team behind The Bristol-Born Urban Standard (after Urban and North St, respectively). Like it's elder Standard brethren across the Severn, Society Standard takes inspiration from the industrial-chic feel of New York's Lower East Side. Their latest culinary offerings move away from well-worn burger and fries offerings and, while the most classic of Americana meat combos can be truly relished here, don't be too hasty when making your meal decision: their wide-ranging menu of small plates, bistro offerings (poised with a modern twist) and adventurous veggie heavy creations will have your imagination running wild. Lip-smacking dishes such as salt cod croquettes, or chicken wings in spicy Creole-style sauce, are up there with some of our favourites, and word has it that their Mac 'n' Cheese is one of the best in town. Word indeed.

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Cafe SINO can easily be described as the dream destination for any tea enthusiast. The lovely team here proudly offer a range of authentic Chinese teas, prepared according to traditional, time honoured methods and accompanied by some seriously tempting, wholesome 'n' healthy lunch choices. To Team Wriggle, Cafe Sino is the perfect place to start our day, stooping in before work, or if you've got more time on your hands, why not pop by for afternoon tea or coffee with friends and family, sharing a carefully prepared pot of Fu Cha, Yuan Ye or others. The modern, laid back atmosphere in the place also makes it perfect for a good study session, or just to sit back, relax, and enjoy! Amongst other tasty treats you can expect vegetable noodles, soups, milkshakes and delicious cakes: there will always be a fresh and healthy lunch option for you!

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Cardiff’s loveliest spot for a cup of tea and a sit-down is Pettigrew Tea Rooms. Established back in 2012 within the picturesque Castle walls of Bute Park's gatehouse (the grandiose main entrance to Cardiff's most celebrated city-centre green space), 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 (imploring you to start drooling before you've sat down to look at the menus) and savoury lunchtime classics promise to satisfy even the most ravenous park explorer.

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Nata & Co bring the Portuguese spirit to Cardiff with their trio of café-bakeries across Cardiff. Portuguese baking is famous for the "pastel de nata" and, unsurprisingly, Nata & Co’s is an absolute bobby dazzler (think crisp layers of golden pastry containing a wobbly sweet custard filling with a lightly charred top). But, there’s more to Nata than this. You'll return again and again for Salt cod fritters, custard donuts, chorizo-flecked bread and fully-laden tostas, and the smiles and bubbly conversation from Nata's baristas and bakers will have you nattering to your friends about it. The perfect choice for an informal breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack or a post-afternoon-snack snack (Team Wriggle's meal of choice).

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This unusually named group of café-bars has sites in the City Centre's Capital Quarter and on Cathedral Road (squeezed up against against Pontcanna's leafy spine). A functional yet thoroughly design-led space with a hint of the "cherry picked Swedish design club" about it (think Scandi cool rather than noir), Kin + Ilk is a melting pot of approachable cool. Rimless-spec tweakings, imaginative murmurings and enthusiastic get-togethers come in waves from the precisely assembled stools, tables and worktops. It's a hub for remote working or catching up with your boss, a space for creatives and freelancers, a caffeine-fuelled idea incubator, and an ever-so-pleasant place for a down-tempo brunch. Friends meet here, kids accompany parents on the weekends, and the after-work crowd takes full advantage of the alcohol license, locally-sourced beer selection and wine list (Fizz Friday is a particularly popular pick with the Capital Quarter crowd).

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They believe in making foods that are a little bit naughty, very tasty and not on your everyday menu. And if you're anything like us, deciding what you want to eat while you're out and about can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. You'll never be disappointed if you parc yourself for a deli-cious meal here: these folks offer a tasty variety of food and drinks that won't break the bank, including a delicious range of hot and cold sandwiches, a fully stocked salad bar – as well as daily specials. If you like being healthy, they're also conscious of nutrition and a balanced diet. Indeed, in many cases they can adapt the menu options to suit your diet or – if given notice – can adapt recipes to cater for your requirements. Nothing is too much for the charming Kris and his lovely staff. And watch out for the egg-free carrot cakes; they're an absolute must!

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Within a well hit 'six' of the county cricket ground you’ll find the aptly named drinkery, The Cricketers. They offer a fab range of real Welsh ales from their sister brewery, Evan Evans in Llandeillo. Also boasting an awesome sun trap of a garden, and a roaring open fire during the winter months, and a cracking seasonal food menu, you can see why this Victorian townhouse goes down a storm with the locals.

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A familiar haunt for Cardiff creatives and the Canton community. Chapter Arts Centre offers cinema, theatre and art under one roof – and its café bar is pretty delightful. The kitchen cooks simple dishes made from fresh and locally sourced ingredients. There are separate menus for summer and winter so you can enjoy burgers, cod and chips, and bangers and mash as well as hearty stews and pasta dishes. There’s also an impressive vegan and vegetarian menu which features winter warmers like beetroot bourguignon, shepherd’s pie and cawl. On any given visit, you’ll see freelancers hunched over laptops, little darlings eating (organic) fish fingers after a ballet class and friends dissecting the latest Noah Baumbach film over a beer. Chapter really is a space for everyone.

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The Greenery Kitchen, located in Cardiff Indoor Market, is a fully plant-based kitchen serving delicious lunch, drinks and plant-based patisserie. If you fancy a healthy, seasonal and locally inspired vegan meal, head over to The Greenery Kitchen. Other than whipping up seriously tasty treats for your lunchtime involvement, they're also known for using CBD in their menus and offering a range of CBD infused drinks. Once there you'll encounter friendly staff, who work tirelessly to provide you with creative and nutritional recipes. Sit back and enjoy a lovely meal, surrounded by a serene atmosphere with a rustic look. With your healthy haul in tow, we recommend heading for the nearby Bute park to enjoy your feast in style.

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Ffwrnes are two Llanelli boys who've kicked up a storm in the capital thanks to their creatively crafted, hand-thrown Neapolitan pizza. Its traditional stuff (not a rolling pin in sight) with a strong nod to Welsh heritage. Try the Jiawl Bach, a fired-up Diavola using Trealy Farm spicy salami – you'll know what we mean when we say it's hot! Already loved in Llanelli and craved in Cardiff, slice seekers further afield have started taking notice, too. Recently voted one of Wales' Top 3 purveyors of Pizza, Wriggle has a hunch that Ffwrnes are destined for all things big and all things tasty, and we're absolutely delighted that the gang have just opened their first permanent premises upstairs at the Cardiff Central Market. Why not grab a slice and go pop a squat in Bute park? The perfect summery snack.

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This little stall tucked away inside Cardiff's Victorian Market boasts the largest selection of British cheeses in Cardiff (all of them from the green green grass of home). In fact, a large number of the cheeses can not be found anywhere else in Cardiff. The team from the Cheese Pantry taste, search and then taste-test some more to bring the people of Cardiff what they think are the best cheeses from small, passionate, champion producers. Grab an epic cheese toasty for the road and head for Bute park, cheese and sunshine, what more could you ask for?!

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Published -24th June 2019