What could be better than the humble brunch? Firstly, it’s the greatest portmanteau of all time. When you shove the words ‘breakfast’ and ‘lunch’ together, it’s an absolute miracle that we didn’t end up with the likes of ‘lunfast’ - so shoutout to whoever made sure ‘brunch’ was put through. Secondly, and most importantly, it allows us to eat more food if we want to without feeling guilty. Sure, you could skip either lunch or breakfast in honour of brunch, but why would you wanna do that? Just do all three. Thirdly, and perhaps just as important as point two: you’re allowed to drink alcohol with your meal, and nobody can give you a bad time about it.

Now, ‘brunch’ isn’t without its problems. For a start, its very definition is pretty vague, as one restaurant’s lunch option is another restaurant’s evening offering - but at its core, ‘brunch’ should probably contain some sort of egg (or tofu, if you’re going down the vegan route), and a good amount of carbs. Whatever you go with, know this: brunch is perfect, and so are you if you embrace it.

Have we missed out your favourite? Let us know! 

For those of you looking for a filling brunch and a stunning cup of coffee, look no further than Little Man Coffee Company, which is located just outside of St. Davids (on the food side). Not only is the space excellent, but their wi-fi is pretty decent too, which makes it a great option for all you freelancers.

Perfect Brunch option: Smashed avocado on sourdough toast with sweet tomato and chilli relish. Throw in some salmon, and you’re in for a great time.

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Their tagline is ‘Brunch / Bakes / Brews’ - we’re clearly dealing with a tier one brunch restaurant here. Based in the heart of Cathays, the Early Bird is the sort of place that could be based 100 miles outside of Cardiff, and we’d still recommend giving it a go. Plus, their presentation is so good, you're guaranteed a 35% increase in Instagram followers if you’re that way inclined.

Perfect Brunch option: Their green eggs and ham option featuring smoked ham, poached egg, and hazelnut pesto on a toasted brioche.

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What it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in atmosphere, soul-shakingly good coffee, and a menu that doesn’t beat you over the head with its many options (quality over quantity). Their cakes are also worth a visit too.

Perfect Brunch option: The bagel stuffed with streaky bacon, cream cheese, and Canadian maple syrup.

Read more about Uncommon Ground (City Centre)

The warm glow that emanates from this High Street Arcade establishment could partly be down to the lighting and wooden features, but we’re almost certain it’s the result of its happy patrons chowing down on brunch. Or drinking gin. Perhaps both.

Perfect Brunch option: They have some great bagel options, but we recommend grabbing the charcuterie board.

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Another gem from the High Street Arcade… New York Deli is known for its carb-loaded menu, from hoagies and bagels to hot dogs and burgers. While we’d usually stay clear of burgers for brunch, if you’re dealing with a pretty nasty hangover, it might boost your chances of survival.

Perfect Brunch option: The breakfast bagel with egg mayo and bacon might sound like a simple choice, but your belly will thank you for it.

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Ahh this point, we might as well rename the High Street Arcade the Much Brunch Arcade (a working title). Corner Coffee is a relatively new name on the scene, but with an extensive brunch menu, and high-quality coffee close at hand, you’d be a fool to pass it up.

Perfect Brunch option: American pancakes with fruit, syrup, mixed berry compote and of course, bacon.

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With locations all over the city, it was really hard pinpointing our favourite location. While the allure of Penarth Pavillion was strong, we ultimately went with the understated nature of the Penarth town spot. However, with a core menu that stretches across every establishment, you can’t really go wrong whatever option you pick.

Perfect Brunch option: The double fried egg sourdough sandwich, with smoked cheese and chilli jam.

Read more about Waterloo Tea (Washington Buildings, Penarth)

If you’re into “simple, honest, modern Welsh food” - then Pitch Bar on Mill Lane is the place to go. Sure, it might be on the end of town you’d typically associate with stag and hen parties more than gastronomic delights, but that’s what makes this choice so great - it’ll fly under the radar for most people. Let’s keep this one between us, ok?

Perfect Brunch option: The pancake stack with halloumi and syrup.

Read more about Pitch Bar & Eatery (City Centre)

Penylan Pantry is the sort of place you accidentally stumble across during a traffic diversion, mumbling to yourself to look it up some time. You never do because you have a terrible memory, and it’s a bit off the beaten path. Time to change that. Just make sure you get down their early because it’s very, very popular.

Perfect Brunch option: Free range, soft boiled eggs, with smoked salmon and toast.

Read more about The Penylan Pantry (Pen-Y-Lan)

This plant-based restaurant and bar puts the focus on meals that are full of flavour and satisfying, with all natural ingredients. This might be a good way to balance out that stinking hangover you’re currently nursing.

Perfect Brunch option: The build your wholefood bowl.

Read more about Milgi (City Road)

This Crwys Rd-based coffee shop is an independent establishment serving coal town coffee, handmade food, and some of the nicest cakes in Cardiff. Pair any of that with one of their ginger beers, and you’re in for a good time.

Perfect Brunch option: The stag breakfast, which is massive and very reasonably priced.

Read more about Stag Coffee (Crwys Road)

A true Duke Street Arcade classic, and perhaps one of the most aesthetically pleasing places on this list, Garlands is a lock on any reputable brunch list. And did we mention their Sunday roasts are top notch too? We know this is a list of the best brunch spots, but c’mon, life is fleeting and we all need good roast tips.

Perfect Brunch option: The Full Vegan breakfast, featuring all the things you’d expect, but done at a very high standard.

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While Wally’s is best known for its deli, it’s worth heading towards the back and up the stairs to their kaffeehaus, which offers up breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and plenty of mouthwatering desserts.

Perfect Brunch option: We’re not overthinking this one, it’s their salt beef bagel.

Read more about Wally's Deli & Kaffeehaus (City Centre)

Cardiff’s first 100% vegan cafe is open to anyone looking to experience vegan food done well. Actually, scrap that, it’s not just done ‘well’, it’s probably one of the finest vegan restaurants you’ll ever experience.

Perfect Brunch option: If we were to make a list of the most iconic Cardiff dishes. Anna Loka’s Cali Breakfast would certainly be in the running.

Read more about Anna Loka (Pen-Y-Lan)

Last, but certainly not least is the Chapter Arts Centre in Canton. When you’ve finished checking out the latest arthouse film in their boutique cinema, we recommend checking out their food offerings too. While they don’t have a specific brunch menu, their breakfasts run until 11:30, with their lunch menu seamlessly taking over.

Perfect Brunch option: Pre-11:30, go with their boutique breakfast. From 11:30 onwards, go with the sloppy joe focaccia.

Read more about Chapter (Canton)

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. With a team boasting over 45 years experience, they offer freshly cooked food in a cosy, comfortable environment. This is honest food done well, sold at an affordable price. Expect knock out coffee and all the best-loved British staples – including proper cooked breakfasts, toasties and jacket potatoes.

Perfect Brunch option: we are big fans of the eggs benedict with black pudding, smokey bacon, or halloumi.

Read more about Servini's (City Centre)

Hogwurst, Cardiff's specialist bricks-and-mortar hot dog joint, is all about the relaxed vibe. Popping with colour and resonating to the sound of proper playlists and mouth-half-full chatter, it's a place to kick back, enjoy heartily made grub and soak in the youthful ambience of an area sited smack-bang between Cardiff's vibrant student quarter and the eastern edge of the beautiful Blackweir Fields. These guys do a mean choice of brunches, too – perfect for soaking up the excesses of the night before.

Perfect Brunch option: it's got to be the full cooked breakfast.

Read more about Hogwurst (Cathays)

Published -20th February 2019