For the whole of this week, you can earn double rewards points on all Wriggles in Canton and Pontcanna

Canton and Pontcanna are two of the most exciting foodie areas for hungry and thirsty Cardiffians – there's a heavenly host of tasty treats up for grabs, from a range of brilliantly quirky independent restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and street food traders. This week we're shining our bright, food-venturing light on the region, to help you  lucky lot discover something delicious and new. 

In this handy guide, we've put together our nine very favourite Wriggle venues in the area – and you'll get double rewards points on all Wriggles at all of them for the next week! Get out there and start eating, drinking and discovering today. 

Hidden away down a characterful alley in Pontcanna, Lufkin's Scandinavian-esque wood clad setting and sweeping modern glass frontage all provide a unique cocoon in which to sup on some of the best beans in town. These guys are small batch roasters, so specialty grade, green arabica coffee is their thing. The roasting is done on-site by an unmissably beautiful bean machine, and then packaged in 250g bags for you to enjoy at home (or on your own intriguing travels). Dan and Frances also prep their prime roasts for you to enjoy in-shop as espresso or filter, using the pour-over brewing method that they grew to love so much back in California. If you're looking to revel in the moment, you'll Lufkin this Wriggle hidden gem.

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Rimless-spec tweakings, imaginative murmurings and enthusiastic get-togethers come in waves from the precisely assembled stools, tables and worktops that are dotted around the gorgeously chic KIN+ILK. 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. Food wise, the menu is small but diverse: expect freshly made filled or open sandwiches, Welsh cheeses & meat, homemade soups, creative salads, brilliant brunches, artisan coffee and cakes. Delicious.

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At St. Canna's, it's as much about promoting (and enjoying) great local beer as it is about fostering a welcoming vibe, chilling out and enjoying each other's company. You'll never find mass-produced lager, cheap food, fruit machines or Sky Sports - instead, background music lilts out from a well-loved piano in the corner (and the odd live band), fresh pizza is freshly delivered from Dusty Knuckle (with pop-ups like The Cheese Pantry or Mr Croquewich rocking up every now and then) and a scattering of board games peek out from wall-mounted crates... perfect for those who like a hint of good-natured competition with their conversation.

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The devil makes work for idle hands. And luckily for you the co-founders of the Crafty Devil Brewing Company have put their sedentary digits to work on some fiendishly good ales and craft beers, brewed slap-bang in the middle of Cardiff. These guys purposely brew small select batches from specially selected American-style hops, with devilishly sophisticated blends can afford to be a little more experimental and complex in their taste delivery. If you're looking for an introduction to some lovingly hand brewed craft beer from Cardiff, look no further.

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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! Dining at Calabrisella is a truly authentic and enjoyable experience from start to finish. Walking into the restaurant is like entering a cosy, family trattoria on a side street of Southern Italy, from the entirely Italian team who greet guests with beaming smiles and friendly faces, to the rustic decorations and artefacts adorning the walls.

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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 greedy carnivore could want. That said, this is also a plant-eater’s paradise and vegetarian and vegan options are clearly marked on the menu. It’s pretty relaxed here; the staff are friendly and the food is cheap and cheerful. Eat your body weight in hummus, have a sheesh kebab or catch up with a friend over baklava and coffee – we challenge you to do all three in one sitting.

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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. But it’s with the mains where Bangkok Café comes into its own, as each dish is served with a number of sides to provide balance to the meal. Take the Moo Yang pork two ways, a seared marinated pork chop served with a spiced pork salad and sticky rice.

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Time & Beef is our kind of place. They not only allow you to build your own burger here – they positively expect you to. With so many combinations of bread, beef and toppings, you could come here every week for years and never have the same thing twice; they claim 400,000 possible combos. They encourage you to name your creation, too. It's a fun spin on quality food: the burgers are beautifully irregular, being shaped by hand, and made of well-aged meat. Look out for surprising items on the menu, too.

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Duck into this proper little pocket of France: Stanley's bistro, where you'll find the finest in French cuisine in a super intimate environment. All the classics are covered: quintessential French cuisine and wine, from molten camembert, to succulent steak and crisp crème brûlée. From traditional cassoulet and navarin of lamb, to seasonal vegetarian tartiflette and the must-have petit pois a la française, Stanley's menu offers something for everyone to enjoy. Stanislas Bécherie, the owner, is from an extensive and accomplished restaurant background, having previously ran Le Gallois, Pier64 and Chez Francis - so feel at ease unwinding in his newest bolthole, and prepare your tastebuds for an authentic taste of France. In true French fashion, a bountiful wine menu is on offer to properly compliment the kitchen's offerings. Bon Appétit indeed!

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Published -22nd October 2018