On a mission to get healthy this summer? You're in luck. We've compiled the most nourishing eats Cardiff has to offer. 

From soups to salads and vibrant whole-food bowls, you can be sure of a nutritious and delicious feed in any one of these healthy Cardiff restaurants. 

Another stellar 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 indie deliciousness. Boasting a dazzling array of kaleidescopic daily salads, grilled cheese brunches, epiphany-inducing cake and perfect coffee (roasted and shipped in from the caffeine cats at Plug Coffee out in Dinas Powys), this is a minimalist takeaway-lunch gem that you've probably moseyed past a dozen times - you'll not want to miss it again.

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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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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!

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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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Bara Menyn is a testament to Welsh produce, using only the freshest and tastiest ingredients they can find from the surrounding producers. With their own, new permanent home right on Cardiff Bay, you can enjoy a strapping breakfast or leisurely lunch to prepare (or recover) for a bracing walk by the sea. Owner Catrin believes the best meals are home cooked and made with love which is exactly what you will be presented when you head down to Bara Menyn. Cheeky bonus: Bara Menyn is located opposite the BBC studios, and often visited by familiar TV faces (Casualty, Dr. Who) on a break from filming - so keep your eye out for stars!

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If you like your cakes and sweet treats with a little european flare. Fragolino is definetly one for your radar. This adorable cafe will give you that authentic Italian cafe culture feel without once having to leave Cardiff. If your sweet tooth isn't quite as big as some, they will look after you too, their menu of Italian savoury favourites will have your mouth watering in no time.

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Blue Honey Local is a quirky music-orientated lounge space where you can get delicious coffee, yummy cakes, and many different types of plant-based treats. Blue Honey Local is the funky little brother of Blue Honey Night Cafe - essentially the best of Blue Honey Night Cafe, with amazing music and chill vibes until late in the night... You can keep the fun going indefinitely (well, almost). So, what's the best part of Blue Honey Local? If you're asking us, the fun and relaxed atmosphere combined with great music and delicious drinks an amazing staff... That's all it takes!

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Wild Thing is on a mission to save the planet: this lovely and cosy cafe is 100% vegan, low waste and ethical. We love their motto - Be kind to the planet , be kind to yourself. The team will ensure you get your 5-a-day with their delicious, hearty and veggie-packed dishes. At Wild Thing, you'll find no such things as single-use containers or wasted food: these guys even redistribute all their leftovers. All of Wild Thing's menu offering is sourced from ethical and local suppliers, their coffee is roasted in Cardiff by the lovely people at Hard Lines, and their cakes are as healthy as can be. You can't go wrong with these guys!

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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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For some of Cardiff’s most Instagram-worthy salads, look no further than this cafe in the heart of Pontcanna. Kemi’s is owned by, well, Kemi (a woman whose zest for life is evident in the food that she serves) and run by Patrick (with a heart of gold and a passion for fantastic food to match). Fresh and seasonal fruit and vegetables are used to make interesting and unusual combinations that you’d never think of yourself. Examples include peach and daikon (that’s a type of radish to you and us), cauliflower tabbouleh with broad beans and apple, and rainbow chard with squash and figs. It’ll certainly give you food for thought. You’ll also find similarly delicious soups, wraps and cakes on the menu. Although meat is used selectively at Kemi's, their flagship salads are all veggie (and mostly vegan) and there's always a refreshing emphasis on the colourful, healthy and - of course - tasty potential of natural, meat-free food.

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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. There’s plenty of 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. We guarantee that you’ll leave Anna-Loka with a spring in your step.

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Published -24th June 2019