Ditch that limp looking sandwich and sad looking salad and treat yourself to something from our extensive selection of amazing lunch deals in Cardiff. From healthy to dirty, vegan to meaty - your lunch needs are covered.

However, if these don't tickle your pickle we've got a whole heap of other tasty lunchtime treats. 

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. It’s cosy inside so prepare to queue when it’s busy – which it frequently is – but the food is worth the wait and you’re guaranteed service with a smile. There are plenty of veggie dishes and if you ask nicely, they’ll happily rustle up vegan and/or gluten-free choices. Garlands is the perfect place to escape the stresses of modern life – even if it’s just for an hour.

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Having started life over in Bristol a couple of short years ago, Chance & Counters has finally spread its big, fun wings and flown over the bridge to set up shop in Cardiff. The first dedicated board gaming cafe in the city, you're guaranteed to have an absolute stormer of a time with a trip to Chance & Counters – although Wriggle won't be held responsible for any ensuing family feuds or relationship breakdowns after a heated game...

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Nata & Co bring the Portuguese spirit to Cardiff with their trio of bakeries on Castle Street, Bute Street (Cardiff Bay) and Clifton Street (Adamsdown). 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.

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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.

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Another stellar foodie addition to the city centre's burgeoning indie food and drink collective, QSK has undoubtedly strengthened Quay Street and Womanby Street's claim as Cardiff's very own parallel universe of ultra-visit-worthy indie deliciousness. Boasting a dazzling array of kaleidescopic salads, grilled cheese brunches, epiphany-inducing cake and perfectly poised coffee (roasted and shipped in from the caffeine cats at Plug Coffee out in Dinas Powys), this is a minimalist brunch-come-lunch gem that, although you've probably moseyed past a dozen times, you'll not want to miss again.

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Known (and rightly revered) until recently as the legendary Urban Taphouse, Tiny Rebel Cardiff is a pantheon of powerfully-hopped pintage and craftily-bottled beers. Nestled in the magnificent shadow of Cardiff's cathedral and chapel of Rugby (the towering Millennium Stadium and diminutive Cardiff Arms Park, respectively), this not-so-tiny redbrick cube is where those who believe in a beerier-brew really go to church. Visit either of their two bars (in Cardiff and Newport), and expect a selection of outstanding indie beers from a myriad of Craft Breweries, a bounty of slow-cooked temptation (we recommend their down-and-dirty burgers or hot-and-messy pizzas) and a properly tidy time.

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Curado Bar, akin to its Aberystwyth and Narberth based cousins (the superb café-deli pairing of Ultracomida), has only been open since the end of 2016 but has already firmly established itself as one of the best places to eat, drink and soak up the all-day ambiance in Cardiff. Owners Paul and Shumana have faithfully preserved Ultracomida's deli vibe (clean-cut shelves groaning under the sheer first-rate weight of Basque cheeses, cured meats and drizzle-worthy dressings) and its focus on hand-picked provenance, they've introducing a special twist for Cardiff's foodies by marrying a dizzying array of delicious Basque-region cooked specialities to a vibrant two-floor Pintxos bar. Every lunchtime or evening dish tells a different story, and almost all the fantastic food you'll savour (from the downstairs finger-food spreads to the heartier hot tapas "de la cocina" upstairs) is available to purchase from the deli to take home for later.

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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.

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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 lit 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.

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After some real homemade grub made with love? Love traditional, delicious food that isn't gimmicky, and doesn't place style over substance? Look no further! Steen the Chef has been teaching young people and community groups cooking skills for over six years. Wriggle are thrilled that Steen has now opened his lovely cafe on Windsor Street, where you can try his wholesome and delicious menu, all soured locally and crafted from super sustainable ingredients. Steen creates fresh and exciting dishes that are perfect for everyone!

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These guys started life in a street-food truck, touring festivals and events across England and Wales. Now, they knock up the most amazing bagels — giant fistfuls of sandwich with masses of filling options, perfect for the morning commute, a hearty elevenses snack or a quick-fix lunch. They also of course, still do pasta - topped with all manner of sauces and extras, from dry-cured chorizo to pan-fried halloumi and meatballs in Bolognese sauce. Now, with their new shop on Newport Road, you can head to Lilo's Pasta whenever you need a delicious carby fix.

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Brushed pine panelling, exposed concrete struts and pane upon sweeping pane of floor to ceiling glass typify the skandi-industrial chic of Kin+Ilk's Capital Quarter café-bar: a tip-top coffee, brekkie and brunch hub nestled at the pedestrianised feet of the city's newest business district, within view of the dreaming academic spires of USW and almost always flooded with beams of natural light, caffine-hungry students and remote-working professionals.

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Breakfast, lunch and dine like a king at Duke’s, all on the pay-packet of a pauper. Yep, this place is seriously good value! Serving you delicious breakfast and beautiful and surreal burgers. Just one bite of these stacked creations will leave you doing a happy dance, but it’s so good you’ll be coming back for more.

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Aj's is a bustling, popular cafe on the vibrant City Road in Cardiff, serving great home-cooked food, including their famous all-day breakfasts and buckets of curly fries as well as a range of sandwiches, baguettes, bagels and much more! Sit inside and relax or enjoy a bit of British sunshine (if you're lucky) in their heated covered garden at the back of the cafe. At AJ'S Coffeehouse you won’t only experience great food but also be able to properly unwind in the calm and cosy atmospheric surrounding.

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Whether you’re in the mood for extra delish burgers or simply delightful steaks with flavour-packed sauces to go with it, these guys have got something to satisfy all your cravings! We really recommend ordering the steaks, though, since these clever guys take your traditional steak, tenderise and marinate it to take it to a whole new level of tastiness.

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If your taste buds are craving some tongue tantalising global flavours, why not pay a trip to Masala Restaurant. This lovely bunch specialise in traditional Pakistani and Indian cuisine, so rest assured that you will get authentic food, cooked from the heart and packed with flavour every time you visit – and trust us when we say that you're gonna be visiting this dreamy spot a LOT. With the likes of Zeera chicken, Chiken tikka masala, Tandoori Lamb Boti, Seekh kebab and tandoori Chicken Tikka, you're looking at a complete feast at Masala Restaurant.

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With its futuristic branding and liberal use of fluorescent colours, Bangkok Café is just a little bit cooler than your average Thai restaurant. And with a menu which goes beyond the obvious, Bangkok Café is just that little bit more interesting too. As a mainstay of Cowbridge Road East, they’ve been doing their thing for far longer than most of the street's other world-food restaurants. For starters check out the seriously addictive spicy beef salad or the garlic thwacked homemade sausages, a regional specialty of North East Thailand.

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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 and vegetarian and vegan options are clearly marked on the menu.

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Calabrisella. Yes, you guessed it from the name. This Cowbridge Road-based restaurant specialises in regional cooking from Calabria, Italy. Don't just take our word for it when we say that Calabrian cooking is one of the most delicious we've tried– head to Calabrisella and discover the moreish, carby goodness for yourself!

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The Stag uses Coal Town Roast, with 100% speciality grade Arabica coffee from South West Wales. Although they are thinking local here as the meat is sourced comes from Prings, the butcher's over the road, they certainly are acting globally with their world beating portion sizes. At Stag Coffee they call a mocha what we would normally refer to a coffee and chocolate milkshake with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles. "Lighter options" are their heavenly Chorizo Scrambled Eggs or Scotch Pancakes with eggs, Bacon and Maple syrup. Their burgers are fast swinging the heads of Cardiff foodies and the falafel too is crisp, golden and wonderfully spiced. Stag-gering!

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There’s a few reasons why Wriggle love the sushi at Cardiff Bay’s Yakitori #1 – their fish is stunningly fresh and someone in the kitchen knows what they’re doing with a knife. Sashimi platters are an exercise in precisely executed simplicity whilst maki rolls are beautifully decorated with bright orange fish roe and seaweed fronds. But, it’s not just the sushi at this modern Japanese canteen which is worth checking out. Soba noodles are loaded with plenty of meat (unlike that well known chain place), vegetable tempura is served in the lightest of batters and golden gyoza are stuffed with fragrant fillings. In an area which is dominated by chain restaurants, Yakitori #1 is a beacon of quality independence.

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The Victoria Park Pie Company is all about family love, passion for pies, and producing the tastiest treats. The family has been baking pies for over a century, passing on top-secret family recipes over four generations, all with the end goal of offering you top-notch, delicious pies, and boy are they good! Their full range of both traditionally made meat pies and fruit pies is just what you need for a successful dinner party, or just to feast on a classic dish on any occasion! Lovingly made fresh each day, their deep filled traditionally made artisan pies are delicious, satisfying and wholesome – just like Grandma used to make!

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Published -2nd September 2019