Errrmegggerd Pancake season is HERE. Shrove Tuesday is peeking round the corner and we couldn't be more flippin' excited. Everyone knows breakfast and brunch foods are the best kind of foods, especially when they're made with those three magic little ingredients. Who knew milk, flour and eggs could make us so unbelievably happy? And who knew that there were so many glorious vegan alternatives gracing brunch tables across the city, too?

Because you deserve to brunch like a champ, here's where to get stacked in Cardiff this Pancake Day. 

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). Think Scandi cool with a generous dash of Welsh hospitality and you'll get close to the vibe here: KIN+ILK is a melting pot of approachable cool.

Pancake wise, we're talking two classic, delicious options: if you like this American style, dig into a stack piled high with crispy bacon, lashings of maple syrup and a tumble of juicy blueberries. If you're more of a sweet tooth opt for the delectable banoffee option – both are divine.

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Tucked away next to the beautiful leafy haven of Victoria Park, la Crêperie de Claudie is a real slice of authentic French cosiness in the heart of Cardiff. A glorious, family-run restaurant-meets-cafe, this is one of Team Wriggle's favourite places to grab a bite to eat and a coffee.

If you've got a sweet tooth, you're going to be in heaven here – extravagantly topped crêpes and waffles adorn the menu, with savoury pancakes also up for grabs. Gluten free? No problem – there's a full range of options for you to dig into, as well. Hurrah!

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Cardiff’s first 100% vegan restaurant is run by cheerful chappie, Adam, who also used to be a Hare Krishna monk. He and his team are here to offer customers compassionate food choices without compromising on quality or taste – and trust us when we say it’s working.

The pancakes at Anna Loka will delight vegans and meat-eaters alike: packed with flavour, these will knock your socks off. There's a range of options to choose from – we love the toffee sauce with caramelised hazelnuts, or if you fancy something savoury, there's vegan 'bacon' made using panisse, slathered in maple syrup and blueberries. Yum.

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Over in one of Cardiff's most beautiful suburbs, Pontcanna, lies Brava. A beautiful cafe by day and a bustling bistro by night, this is one dreamy destination. During the daytime, head there for a leisurely brunch and watch the hustle and bustle of Pontcanna pass you buy as you sit down and unwind.

Pancakes are a permanent fixture at Brava – hurrah! Choose either the ever popular smokey bacon, or if you're craving something sweet, you can't go wrong with bananas and maple syrup! Photo credit: @bristolfoodluvver

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At the Flora you can expect a brilliantly colourful, alternative-design led space, a solid collection of moreish cocktails and alcoholic creations, and feel good comfort food: locally-sourced, hand-made, best enjoyed with mates and a few schooners of good beer.

This Pancake Day, the legends at the Flora are offering you lucky bunch unlimited pancakes for only £6! It's crazy good value but booking will be essential; head to the Flora's website for more details!

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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. This is honest food done well, sold at an affordable price, and Servini's is an excellent spot for a lazy morning of brunching watching the world float through the arcade.

This Pancake Day, and indeed on the regular brunch menu, the people of Cardiff can tuck into light and fluffy American style pancakes adorned with a range of glorious toppings. We are particularly into the bananas, chopped nuts and caramel combo – let us know your fave!

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At Stag Coffee, there is a strong emphasis on great affordable food, indulgent beverages and stags. Lots of them. Former manager of the Woodvill, Dave has thoroughly adorned the cafe with all things stag, lampshades, lamp bases, wallpaper, stag heads and a chandelier made from antlers. Stag-gering stuff.

Enough about the decor though – you're here to find out all about the pancake offering. Sit down to a plateful of buttermilk beauties: go for either the breakfast inspired scrambled egg, thick cut bacon and syrup drizzle whopper stack, or how about fresh fruit if you're feeling a little more wholesome? If you're gluten free there's no drama – just let the team know and they'll adapt your brunch for you.

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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 served with a drizzle of syrup for the ultimate sweet and sour treat. Yes, really. If you fancy something a little less out there, the halloumi and scrambled egg topped pancakes also come hotly recommended.

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The Pot’s food pays no lip service to passing fads or trends – it’s exactly what you’d expect from a restaurant serving first-rate classic French cooking. Simple but bold flavours, all dished up in a wonderfully intimate little French bistro style restaurant.

Head there this Shrove Tuesday or any other day that takes your fancy to get your pancake fix – at the Pot, pancakes are a permanent fixture. Plump for banana and Nutella if you need a sweet treat, or go or the more filling streaky bacon and scrambled egg, with a little drizzle of maple syrup to balance out the salty savoury flavours.

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Located in a grade 2 listed building in the middle of Cardiff’s beautiful city-centre Morgan Arcade, The Plan is the place to head if you’re serious about good coffee. The food menu meanwhile has an emphasis on the local and organic with a good range of options for vegans and vegetarians.

This Pancake Day, you can indulge all your sweetest fantasies with the Plan's heavenly homemade wares, filled with chocolate, hazelnut and banana, served up with a generous portion of ice cream and a plentiful soaking in butterscotch sauce. Yum.

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Society Standard takes inspiration from the industrial-chic feel of New York's Lower East Side, with a cracking culinary offering that boasts some seriously great burgers, wraps, mezze and more.

Satisfy all your pancake urges with bacon-topped, syrup sozzled, buttermilk American style creations – delicious!

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Croeso, welcome to the Pitch Bar & Eatery. It's fiercely independent, passionate about delivering simple, honest, modern Welsh food. They make a real effort to seek the best, most mouth-watering ingredients that can be found locally from farmers, growers, makers and markets, fusing them together to create innovative flavours and fresh, vibrant, sumptuous dishes; putting their passion for your palate on a plate.

On the subject of pancakes, we're talking a generous stack of light, airy fellas, toped off with a great range of sweet or savoury bonus treats. We're talking pulled pork, halloumi and syrup, classic butter, and more. Glorious.

Read more about Pitch Bar & Eatery (City Centre)

Published -4th March 2019