We've been working our little socks off to bring our hungry Wrigglers the very best that Cardiff's independent scene has to offer. From bargain lunchtime meal deals to runny yolked scotch eggs, curry feasts to kebabs, we've got it all. Grab yourself a Wriggle, save a few quid, and eat happy. 

What could be better than a proper scotch egg? Not much, in our humble opinion. That crisp, golden breadcrumbed exterior which yields to a thick layer of delicious, salty filling before giving way to perfectly cooked, oozing golden yolk... We're drooling just writing this...

Read more about Holy Yolks @ Cardiff Market: Scotch Egg Heaven (City Centre)

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.

Read more about Maria's Greek Taverna: Mezze, Wraps & More (Crwys Road)

Hogwurst's dogs are all packed with high-grade-super-pork from Native Gloucester Breeds reared on small farms (no cheapo mystery meat here!), all slathered in generous amounts of toppings and arranged on top of brioche buns from the local baker extraordinaire at Allen's - thus guaranteeing that each porky creation is as mouthwatering as the last. Oh - and it's BYOB too (in case it wasn't already awesome enough for you).

Read more about Hogwurst: Banging Breakfasts & Decadent Hotdogs (Cathays)

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. Glamorgan sausages and Welsh rarebit may be firm favourites but local ingredients are also used to create classics with a twist, like pulled-pork pancakes and carrot and orange cake.

Read more about Garlands: Quick Lunches, Traditional Welsh Dishes, Boozy Winter Warmers & More (City Centre)

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. 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.

Read more about Thai House: Quick 'n' Delish Thai Lunches & Date Nights (City Centre)

Right opposite the Millennium Stadium, Zerodegrees Cardiff is whipping up fantastic pizzas and amazing brews in its Grade II listed frontage. With an array of dining areas (in addition to their fabulous kitchen and microbrewery) Zerodegrees is the perfect place to grab a stunning wood fired pizza and a pint. They even have two terraces and two mezzanine levels, meaning you get unique views of the open kitchen and working brewery.

Read more about Zerodegrees: Awesome Pizzas & Beer Brewed On-Site (City Centre)

One of Team Wriggle's favourite places to while away an evening, Society Standard has got it all. A cracking selection of beers, amazing cocktails, and one of the finest menus in town. We can't get enough of their mac 'n' cheese patty burger, topped off with decadent layers of pulled pork and a fried egg – it's one of the filthiest things we've ever eaten – and absolutely to die for.

Read more about Society Standard: Epic Sharing Platters, Burgers, Cocktails & More (Whitchurch Road)

Masala Bag is bringing top Indian streetfood in their gorgeous Cardiff restaurant. We love their thalis – a great way to sample lots of different dishes from all over country of India.

Read more about Masala Bag: Authentic Curries, Date Nights & More (Crwys Road)

What could be cooler than taking an old, derelict block of toilets on a Victorian city-centre park, and turning into the city's coolest new coffee shop? That's precisely what mother & son business partners Donna and Alex have done, and after an extensive refurbishment that has taken almost six months to complete, their doors are now firmly open. The cafe's interior is just 90 square metres, so it's a cosy space, but there’s also additional outdoor seating on a small patio which overlooks the park.

Read more about BLOC Coffee: Bacon Rolls, Coffee & More (Victoria Park)

What sets Mezza Luna apart on City Road? The welcome, the hosting and the food. Meat grilled over flames, generous servings, hummus so silky you could make pyjamas out of it. The duck shawarma is superb – richly meaty with a citrus kick from pomegranate molasses. The menu delivers all the Lebanese classics – shish taouk, muttabal, kofte – with some Moroccan influences too, like their Tagine Andalus. They have a belly dancer on weekends too. Unusually for the grill houses on City Road, you can buy alcohol here, so sit back and relax. This is happy food!

Read more about Mezza Luna: Veggie & Vegan Tagines, Meaty Kebabs & More (City Road)

A search by two bar owners for the best possible cup of coffee became an obsession, which became a small roaster in a garage, which became 200 degrees... This cosy coffee shop is a beautiful hide out on Cardiff's high street – if the aroma didn't draw you in, then the raw red brick walls lite with hanging Edison bulbs creating a super cosy space just might! Their selection of sarnies, cakes, bakes and brownies makes it oh so easy to spend the day sinking in to Chesterfield sofas whilst sipping away on a splendid coffee, roasted on site.

Read more about 200 Degrees: Bargain Sarnies, Wraps & Breakfasts (City Centre)

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.They say that you are what you eat and we guarantee that you’ll leave Anna-Loka with a spring in your step.

Read more about Anna Loka: Vegan Burger Feasts, Wraps & More (Albany Road)

With the quality of French patisserie being knocked out by Cocorico you could be easily forgiven for thinking you’re sitting in a trendy Paris cafe. But no, this is Whitchurch Road and the artisan behind Cocorico’s cracking pastries is Frenchman Laurian Veaudour. 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.

Read more about Cocorico Patisserie: Massive Club Sandwiches (Whitchurch Road)

Serving up an adventurous variety of beers, an easy-drinking selection of cocktails laden with speciality spirits (but, thankfully, avoiding any needless pretence) and a satisfyingly uncomplicated food offering, Buffalo's mix of proper nourishment and vibe-led lounge-chic does "well-deserved chilling" pretty damn well. Buffalo is a proudly independent, unshackled sort of place. Perfect, we think, for a Wriggler or two.

Read more about Buffalo Bar: Lunchtime Meal Deals, Burgers, Small Plates & More (City Centre)

One of Wriggle’s favourite places for Middle Eastern grub. You might stumble across this unassuming-looking café on Cowbridge Road but once you know it’s there, you’ll come back again and again. As the name suggests, you’ll get some fantastic falafel here, but you’ll also find some magical mezze dishes, pittas and wraps, and all the grilled meat a carnivore could want. That said, this is also a plant-eater’s paradise, with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options adorning the menu.

Read more about Falafel Wales: Sharing Mezze Feasts & Tasty Wraps (Cowbridge Road)

Nata & Co bring the Portuguese spirit to Cardiff with their little collection of bakeries. If Portuguese baking is known for one thing it’s the pastel de nata and unsurprisingly, Nata & Co’s is an absolute bobby dazzler. Crisp layers of golden pastry contain a wobbly sweet custard filling with a lightly charred top. It’s a thing of beauty and made even more so washed down with a cup of strong Portuguese coffee. But, there’s more to Nata than their natas. Salt cod fritters, custard donuts, chorizo flecked bread and laden toasted sandwiches are just some of the other items which make a visit worthwhile any time of day, be it for breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack or post-afternoon snack snack.

Read more about Nata & Co: Grilled Sarnie Lunches, Coffee & Sweet Treats (City Centre)

A stylish new St. David's pop up built in collaboration between Cardiff's beloved Kin + Ilk, and the legendary Clifton Coffee Roasters. This limited time venture offers superb coffee in stripped back surroundings, conveniently placed for a caffeine 're-up' during Christmas Shopping in St. David's – where you'll be hard pressed to find any coffee to match this for quality. It's amazing to see a little slice of independence in the heart of this busy high street – show some love to the guys!

Read more about KIN+ILK x Clifton Coffee Pop-up: Breakfast Treats (City Centre)

This lovely little family deli lies quietly in the sleepy, leafy back streets of Roath. It's in its eighth year of service and has built up a seriously loyal local following in that time, with everybody from hungry students to thirsty Sunday congregations squeezed around the polka-dot table tops. Alongside serving delicious Deli products and cheeses, breakfast, lunch and dinner are all on the menu (and all are equally revered in their own right).

Read more about Deli Rouge: Bacon Sarnies, Cocktails, Lunch & More (Roath)

Published -26th November 2018