If you're looking for somewhere cheap to eat in Cardiff, we've got you. 

In this guide, you'll find our favourite places to grab a cheap eat in the city. Whether it's breakfast at Parc Deli, lunch at Cardiff Market, or dinner at the Calabrisella, this guide will hopefully let you live your best life, and at a reasonable price.

Calabrisella is a 20-minute walk from the city centre but it’s worth the journey. This family-run Italian is perfect for pizza and pasta and it's super cheap, too. There’s also a room upstairs which you can book out for karaoke at the weekends. Could this place get any better?

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Ignoring the dreaded ‘Cheeseburger’, which is essentially a deconstructed cheeseburger blended with pasta (the sort of thing found on every street corner in hell), Lilos Pasts on Newport Road has a bunch of great pasta and bagel options, ranging from £3-6. If you’re looking for a guaranteed belly filler, this is a great call.

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Cardiff’s coolest night cafe pops up inside a greasy spoon as soon as night falls, and serves up some fine, fine food. The menu is small but perfectly formed; think Korean fried chicken, Asian steamed baos and they even have their own house beer.

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This popular Portuguese bakery is famous for its pastries but it also does a mean lunchtime deal. For under six quid, you get soup, a tosta or classic sandwich and a custard tart. It’s almost ridiculously good value for money.

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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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Ffwrnes are two Llanelli boys who've kicked up a storm in the capital thanks to their creatively crafted, hand-thrown Neapolitan pizza. Its traditional stuff (not a rolling pin in sight) with a strong nod to Welsh heritage. Try the Jiawl Bach, a fired-up Diavola using Trealy Farm spicy salami – you'll know what we mean when we say it's hot! Already loved in Llanelli and craved in Cardiff, slice seekers further afield have started taking notice, too. Recently voted one of Wales' Top 3 purveyors of Pizza, Wriggle has a hunch that Ffwrnes are destined for all things big and all things tasty, and we're absolutely delighted that the gang have just opened their first permanent premises upstairs at the Cardiff Central Market.

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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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Greazy Vegan is the perfect antidote to the preachy, smug narrative that so often surrounds veganism and 'clean eating', making it seem unapproachable and unaffordable. Sick of the constant cycle of kale and quinoa, the chefs at Greazy Vegan decided to take a stand, and began cooking the indulgent, greasy, tasty junk food of their wildest drunken fantasies – completely cruelty free. Thus, Greazy Vegan was born, bringing joy to junk food-loving vegans across Cardiff.

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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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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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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!

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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.

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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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Published -23rd September 2019