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

In this guide, you'll find twenty of our favourite places to grab a cheap eat in the city. Whether it's breakfast at The Plan, lunch at Milgi Market, or dinner at the Vegetarian Food Studio, this guide will hopefully let you live your best life, and at a reasonable price.

Honourable mentions: Pizza Pronto in Penarth for their beautiful pizzas, and Clancy's Vegetarian Emporium for their halloumi slammers.

Given how close they are to student digs and buildings packed full of people ready to expand their horizons, Hogwurst have done a great job of pricing their menu. For example, you can grab a milkshake and fries on Wednesdays for just £3.95. But If that’s not your thing, all their dogs come with sea salt fries, meaning a decent meal can easily be had for under £10. They even offer a 10% discount for students!

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Slap bang in the middle of Morgan Arcade, the Plan Cafe offers up hearty breakfasts (scrambled eggs on toast being the winner), gigantic jackets for lunch, and wholesome meals for dinner (the beef chilli is fantastic). It also gets bonus points for being close enough to Spillers Records that you can actually browse their records (if your eyesight is good enough) while eating your food.

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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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While it would be close to impossible to get a full meal for under a tenner at Got Beef (unless you went for the bog standard burger), their lunch menu (12-3pm, Mon-Fri) - a Reuben bagel with a drink for £5 for example - represents great value if you ask us.

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If you’re at the market, you should definitely check out Milgi's little lunchtime outpost. Cardiff’s hippest veggie restaurant now has a stand there where you can enjoy a heavenly but healthy lunch. Our favourite is the bahn mi with lemongrass tofu, a twist on the traditional Vietnamese snack. Oh, and the cakes are to die for, too.

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Get your Greek on at this family-run restaurant on Crwys Road and eat all the gyros, souvlaki and halloumi you can manage. Every single thing on the menu is guaranteed to make your mouth water and most mains are under £10!

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This award-winning Asian takeaway is very popular with Cardiff folk, and it’s no wonder when the food is this fresh and tasty. We love the Kati rolls, an Indian flatbread with a variety of meaty or veggie fillings, but you can also go for noodles, curry or pizza with a Thai twist. The £5 lunch deal is brilliant value for money.

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Not all vegetarian and vegan restaurants are cheap - in fact, they’re often pretty pricey - but Crumbs Kitchen in Morgan Arcade have somehow managed to put together a menu full of stomach-stuffing foods that won’t put you in debt. Our top pick is the half pint of chilli, which is topped with cheese, and served with fresh bread - all for £5.99!

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This unassuming looking café in Cardiff’s student heartland is home to some of the finest falafel we’ve ever eaten. You can also feast on kebabs and salad galore, it’s all as cheap as chips. There’s a licensed bar, too, so order a crisp Israeli lager and chat to friendly owner Ronen while you wait for your food.

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Originally a spit and sawdust kind of bar, The Flora pub has quite recently had a makeover and so has its menu. All the mains are under a tenner and the burgers are proper good.

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You could easily mistake Kongs as one of St Mary Street’s many nightclubs but inside, it’s an Aladdin’s cave of retro video games and ping pong and foosball tables. You’re invited to geek out then stuff your face with Burger Theory burgers. With names like Down and Dirty and The Sheriff, this is clearly a serious business, and so it should be –they’re downright delicious.

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We couldn’t write about cheap eats and not mention this place. Terrific thali, Indian sweets and bring your own booze - even the most committed of carnivores will love the food. Everyone’s a winner here.

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This award-winning restaurant dishes up some pretty perfect pizza; in fact, The Guardian voted it one of the top ten pizzerias in the UK. You can find it at the back of the Printhaus, a community studio for artists in the heart of Canton; it’s one of our favourite places for a spot of al fresco dining.

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This is a bit of a Cardiff institution and does some of the best (and biggest) sandwiches in town. The New York-themed menu offers bagels, burgers and hoagies with all the cheese and pastrami you could dream of, but there plenty of veggie and vegan options, too. You’ll leave here absolutely full to bursting and with change from a tenner, too.

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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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This is hands-down the best value thali in town. Pay a visit to Madhav, a five-minute walk from the city centre, for authentic Indian dining. There’s also a shop so you can pick up anything you need to cook up a storm in your kitchen at home.

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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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The Embassy Café at Cathays Community Centre sure is a feel-good kinda place. It describes itself as being as an ethically and environmentally sustainable project and it welcomes all diners to pay whatever they can afford for the food they serve - which happens to be pretty darn delicious with plenty of vegan and veggie options.

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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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Although SEN BBQ is best known for its kebabs, vegans can also enjoy some of the restaurant’s Turkish treats, too. Carnivores fear not, however, as there are plenty of meaty meals and the bread is amazing. Everything’s super cheap and you can bring your own booze, too.

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Published -24th September 2018